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MY NIGHT WITH REG Profile: Tim Funnell
Previews are under way and, as we move towards our official Opening Night for My Night With Reg, we continue to introduce you to the incredible team responsible for bringing Kevin Elyot’s acclaimed play to the stage. Next up…
Tim Funnell – Bernie
What have you been up to lately?
I recently finished a production of The Nether by Jennifer Haley at Theatre Aquarius. It’s a dark piece set in the not too distant future, where virtual reality has become a total sensory experience. A place where people can live out their darkest fantasies. It’s such a well written, thought provoking piece and I was thrilled to have been a part of its Canadian premiere.
Is this your first Studio 180 show?
This is my first opportunity to work with Studio 180. Since moving to Canada a few years ago, I’ve been really inspired by the wonderful theatre companies in Toronto engaged in relevant and diverse programming. The theatre scene in Toronto is so vibrant and Studio 180 is a big contributor to that.
Tell us about your role in My Night With Reg.
I play the part of Bernie. He sells plastic cups. Do you need to know any more? Seriously though, I think Bernie wants desperately to settle down, and whether that’s a result of the tumultuous times they find themselves living in, or the need to be loved, his need to be with his long time partner Benny, is having a profound affect on his emotional state.
What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your role in the show?
Bernie is scared to death of many things but he tries to put on a brave face to hold the fragile threads of his life together. There is also a lot of humour in his scenes. Finding that balance between the comedy and tragedy of Bernie has been a big challenge. Fortunately, the writing is so good, so much of that challenge is made easier.
Why do you think audiences should check out My Night With Reg?
For me, My night with Reg is a story of love and longing, of missed opportunity and friendship. I hope the audience leave the theatre with a deeper appreciation of friendship, the good and the bad, and they’ll see how communication is always the best medicine. It’s also really funny!
What’s coming up for you?
After I finish Reg I’m doing Colours in the Storm, a musical by Jim Betts at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. It’s the story of the Canadian artist Tom Thomson. The play centres around Tom’s arrival in Algonquin Park in 1912 up until his mysterious death on Canoe Lake in 1917. After that I’m performing in One for the Pot by Ray Cooney, produced by Drayton Entertainment. It’s playing at the Dunfield Playhouse in Cambridge and The Huron Country Playhouse.
David Mirvish presents a Studio 180 Theatre production of My Night With Reg
by Kevin Elyot
directed by Joel Greenberg
February 10 to 26, 2017
Panasonic Theatre • CANADIAN PREMIERE