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Meet Napoleon alias Improv Actor Matthieu Vinel ONLINE via ZOOM

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Meet Napoleon alias Improv Actor Matthieu Vinel and hear from the Emperor his personal stories, anecdotes, ruminations and idiosyncrasies

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2021 marks 200 years since Napoleon’s death. Going down in history as an extraordinary complex character, Napoleon was admired, disdained, victorious, defeated, heroic and tragic with a controversial political, cultural and legal legacy.  At this Storytelling Salon, we will not debate whether Napoleon should be celebrated, condemned or commemorated. Instead, you will meet and interact with the man himself , alias Improv Actor Matthieu Vinel, whose impersonation will bring to life a candid Napoleon. He will share personal stories sprinkled with anecdotes, trivia, idiosyncrasies and ruminations, including issues he had with his accent, his eating habits and more. During the interlude, questions are gathered from guests for a live Q & A with Napoleon where Matthieu will showcase his improvisational skills. 

Joining Napoleon after the interlude will be the little known Irishman Dr Barry Edward O'Meara (alias Sean Ryan) who was the Physician to Napoleon when he was imprisoned on St Helena. A friendship emerged and Dr O'Meara became Napoleon’s confidant as the two discussed politics, warfare, women and medicine. At Napoleon's suggestion Dr O’Meara kept a diary and he will share some interesting tales and reminiscences. 

Matthieu Vinel’s story….

Born and raised in Aurillac, France, the young Matthieu developed an early passion for history, specifically the Napoleonic era. This was triggered by reading the Memoirs of General Baron de Marbot. He also discovered early on an attraction for the stage. This led him to study at the ImproAcademy, Cours Cochet-Delavène, the NEW and the Improvised Musical. He landed roles, often playing historical figures, with Compagnie Nuit Blanche and in several Shakespeare productions. He recently joined the team at “Let Them Eat Cake”,  an immersive historical experience.  Acting has been in parallel with a career in the construction and transportation industries that took him to Australia, England and New Zealand. This followed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Now based in Paris, his engineering career is taking a back-burner as he embraces his two passions, acting and history.  Learn more of Mathieu’s story at the salon.

This is a hybrid event where I hope to welcome you either onsite at 19:00 in Paris starting with a Napoleon and Mediterranean inspired dinner (see menu below), or online at 20:15 via ZOOM.

Yours in story,

Bernadette

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Hello, bonjour and thank you for your interest in the Storytelling Salons. Launched in 2016 (with almost 100 to date), the Storytelling Salons are a modern-day reflection of the 17th and 18th century Parisian Salons, adapted to the 21st century. Storytelling Salons gather online and in Paris, storytelling enthusiasts from across the globe featuring a Storyteller (performers, musicians, artists, writers), who entertain, enthrall, enlighten AND share their story.

My story - I am originally from Los Angeles of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.  Since 2002, I call Paris and Seattle home and feel truly “Euro-American”. As host of the Storytelling Salons, I am delighted to welcome virtually and in Paris, guests from all walks of life and nationalities who share a common thread and passion for storytelling.

Yours in story,

Bernadette
                         

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