Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 17 years. Matt’s first play Twelve was workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference in Perth, 2006. His second was Silver, directed by Ben Winspear for Belvoir downstairs in which he also performed solo. In 2010 two further plays premiered in Adelaide; Fugitive (Windmill) and Harbinger (Brink Productions) beginning what has become an ongoing creative bond with the city and its audiences. In the same year, Matt was the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award recipient sparking the development of the play Old Man which premiered downstairs in Belvoir’s 2012 season.
Matt’s collaboration with Windmill has resulted in four plays with Girl Asleep being the most recent. Its predecessors are the Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards-winning School Dance and Big Bad Wolf. The trilogy of School Dance, Fugitive and Girl Asleep ran concurrently at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. Matt’s two hander Cinderella garnered outstanding reviews at the close of 2014 in the Belvoir downstairs space and his most recent play Seventeen premieres in the upstairs theatre in 2015. Matt was among the seven Sidney Myer Creative Fellows chosen in 2012.
Girl Asleep is Matt’s first screenplay for a feature film.