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A musical sprite with perfect comical timing
— Time Out
A fey figure... eccentric, and wildly talented
— The Independent
Big-name comedian
— The Guardian, just outright lying
Stroke of genius
— The Times, telling the truth I'd say
Deft-fingered... exotic to behold... gender-bending
— The Telegraph, overstating how interesting I am
A uniquely talented performer... priceless
— The Stage
No slouch in the foghorn department
— The Evening Standard, being sort of rude if I'm honest
Fabulous in voice and good looks, but also plays keyboard like an angel and bodypops like a devil
— The Scotsman, flirting with me
One of those infuriatingly multi-talented people who can turn his hand to just about anything
— Gay Times
You’ll either love it or hate it
— The Daily Mail...

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9 things

11.9.15 / Greenwich, Tottenham, Manor House, Stoke Newington, UK
Videographer: Rosie Jones / Makeup: Elizabeth Hedley / Choreographer: Kristina Demou /
Co-stars: Adam Lee Mroz & Marcus Reeves

the artist-critic conflict

29.1.14 / Camberwell Studios, UK
Cameraman: Duncan McLean / Stylist: Yaya Wilkinson / Sound Engineer: James Johnston

 © Rosie Collins 2015

© Rosie Collins 2015


 Frisky & Mannish © Idil Sukan 2011

Frisky & Mannish © Idil Sukan 2011

Matthew is best known as the keyboard-playing half of Frisky & Mannish, the musical comedy double act beloved for their twisted pop parodies.  The duo's first full-length show, School of Pop, was hailed in 2009 as the "undisputed hit of the Edinburgh Fringe" (Herald) and the beginning of a "global phenomenon." (Times)  Garlanded with thirteen five-star reviews, the show transferred to Soho Theatre for a sell-out limited run, and then embarked on an international tour, starting with a three-week engagement at the Sydney Opera House, and including seasons at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and an award-winning single appearance at the Brighton Fringe.  After storming Latitude Festival, the pair returned to Edinburgh with a follow-up show, The College Years, which ended up in second place out of over 2500 productions on Edinburgh  Festival Guide's 'Top-Rated Shows' list, and led to the first of their live performances on BBC Radio 1 (an appearance that crashed their website.)  Their third show, Pop Centre Plus, championed in The Independent by Ruby Wax, sold out the Udderbelly and toured the United Kingdom, culminating in their highest-profile solo gig to date at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.  The following year, their 'greatest hits' show Extra-Curricular Activities toured internationally, earning the duo an award for Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe, whilst they simultaneously premièred an experimental new work, 27 Club, which was much darker in tone and received rave reviews.  They were hired to write and record 'Perfect Christmas Single' for BBC Radio 1, which was downloaded over 170,000 times and continues to be played each Christmas.  After a year's hiatus, the duo returned to form with Just Too Much, a "blistering" show which premièred on the South Bank, and was then presented at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Forum in London, and Fringe World in Australia.  They also developed a protest show of original music called CabaRIOT, which toured venues in London, Perth, Edinburgh, and Auckland.  Aside from their own shows, the pair have headlined two West End variety nights at the Lyric (Shaftesbury Ave.), and played most of the major music festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, and T in the Park.  They have been featured on BBC2's The Culture Show, BBC3's Three at the Fringe, BBC Radio 3's The Verb, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, and numerous times on BBC Radio 1's The Scott Mills Show.  They were runners-up at Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010, and nominees for a Chortle Award and a Loaded LAFTA Award.  Their act has been described as "superb and uncontrollable" (Times), "wildly talented" (Independent), "riotous" (Guardian), "effortless" (Observer), "unbelievable" (Sun), "fully blown superstars" (Time Out), "extraordinary" (New Zealand Herald), "a force of nature" (West Australian), and "pure exhilarating brilliance from start to finish" (Chortle).

 Richard Carpenter is Close to You © Edward Moore 2017

Richard Carpenter is Close to You © Edward Moore 2017

As a solo writer-performer, Matthew created the acclaimed show Richard Carpenter is Close to You, a parody play about the piano-playing brother from The Carpenters.  After picking up the Best New Writing award during previews at Buxton Fringe, he went on to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.  The Stage singled it out as one of the best shows at the festival, and The Times described his work as a "stroke of genius."  In 2018, the show made its international première at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia, as part of the Cabaret Festival's programme, before playing a week at Melbourne's Butterfly Club in association with Serious Comedy. The official UK tour, produced by RBM, began at Bloomsbury Theatre, London, in October 2018.  Other solo work includes the experimental piece Psychodermabrasion (later titled Marksman), created with support from Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, the Young Vic and Slung Low, which was described as "painfully funny" (This is Cabaret) and chosen as a 'top theatre pick' in The Guardian.  His alt-drag character act, Ruth Less, was crowned the winner of 'Miss Twin Peaks 2013' at The Double R Club, and has terrorised variety audiences at Glastonbury, Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Glory, Udderbelly, London Wonderground, Theatre Delicatessen, Pleasance, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, alongside comedy legends such as Nina Conti, John Kearns, Miss Behave, Jonny Woo and Scott Capurro.

 Camera Lucida © Tristram Kenton 2014

Camera Lucida © Tristram Kenton 2014

As a composer, Matthew received attention with his score for A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), a collaboration with Olivier Award-winning writer Jon Brittain.  Commissioned by Silent Uproar, workshopped at Hull Truck, and supported by New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre and KSF, the Edinburgh production won a coveted Fringe First from The Scotsman, with What's On Stage declaring "You'd be hard pushed to find a better musical at this year's Fringe."  The playtext and score have been published by Methuen Drama, and the show toured nationally in autumn 2018.  Other composition work includes the book, music and lyrics for 2012: An Olympic Vaudeville, part of Greenwich Theatre's Emerging Artists Season and described in Time Out as "bursting with inventive attention to music, comedy, visual impact and dramatic structure." He has also written original music for Pimlico Opera, The Oxford Revue, and a number of events by cult immersive dining company Gingerline

 Heels of Glory © James Millar 2016

Heels of Glory © James Millar 2016

As an actor, Matthew played the role of George in the West End première of the musical Miss Nightingale at the Hippodrome, and appeared in Dickie Beau's Camera Lucida at the Barbican, a production which received the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.  Other roles have included John in Punch (Underbelly), Honey in Heels of Glory (Chelsea Theatre), Kenny Everett in Royal Vauxhall (Underbelly), Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (Oxford Playhouse), and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Primavera).  He has also appeared onstage at the National Theatre, Peacock Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, King's Head, New Wolsey Theatre, Waterfront Hall, Sherman Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, and theatre503.

Matthew has written, produced and starred in two short films: The Artist-Critic Conflict, which was long-listed for a British Comedy Award in the category of 'Best Internet Comedy Programme', and Too Cabaret: A Message for Gary Barlow, a viral which was featured in The Independent and The Guardian, the latter calling it a "hugely entertaining video riposte" by "some of our brightest and most talented producers and performers."

Other work includes: scriptwriting for Session Squared (Audience Award winner at the 48 Hour Film Project London 2013) and Beans (Canal Café); direction for Screwtopia! and The Big Screw-Up (Edinburgh Fringe, St. James Theatre, Adelaide Fringe); musical direction for Stay Another Song (Young Vic), Beauty and the Beast (CAST Doncaster's fully-integrated British Sign Language production), Into the Woods (Oxford Playhouse), Merman at the Jermyn, and The Reunion (Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee); piano playing on a number of Royal Caribbean International's cruise ships; and article writing for Exeunt Magazine.

 Marksman © Lee Watson 2017

Marksman © Lee Watson 2017



Richard Carpenter is Close to You — Writer/Richard — Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Artspace), Butterfly Club Melbourne, Bloomsbury Theatre, UK tour — Buxton Fringe Award winner

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) — Composer/M.D. — Fruit Hull, New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre, Hull Truck, Edinburgh Fringe (Pleasance), UK tour — Jon Brittain (writ.), Alex Mitchell (dir.), Silent Uproar (prod.) — Fringe First winner, Musical Theatre Review Award winner, KSF Award winner

Miss Nightingale — George Nowodny — Hippodrome — Matthew Bugg (writ./dir.), Jillian George-Lewis (prod.)

Beans — Writer — Canal Café Theatre — Tim McArthur (dir.), Emma Taylor (prod.)

Beauty and the Beast — Musical Director — Cast Doncaster — Matthew Bugg (writ./dir.), Tobias Oliver (writ.), Deborah Rees (prod.)

Marksman — Writer/Performer — Jacksons Lane, Platform Southwark, HUB Leeds — Dickie Beau, Russell Lucas (dirs.), Adrian Berry, Porl Cooper (prods.) — Arts Council England grant winner (under the title Psychodermabrasion)

Charming Dick — Witch Queen — Cockpit Theatre — Paul Emelion Daly (writ.), Tim McArthur (dir.), Catia Ciarico (prod.)

Frisky & Mannish: CabaRIOT — Southbank Centre (Udderbelly), Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Fringe World (West Australian Spiegeltent), Auckland Live (Town Hall) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Sharon Burgess, Janelle Bish (prods.)

Royal Vauxhall — Kenny Everett — Latitude, Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Royal Vauxhall Tavern — Desmond O'Connor (writ.), Lucy Wray (dir.), Suzanna Rosenthal (prod.)

Szgrabble — Musical Director — Edinburgh Fringe (Bar Tank), Museum of Comedy, Bell Inn Ticehurst — Nick Hall (writ.)

Heels of Glory — Honey — Chelsea Theatre — Heather Tyrrell, Richard Link (writs.), Stephen Heatley (dir.)

Stay Another Song — Musical Director — Young Vic — Elayce Ismail (dir.), Imogen Brodie (prod.)

La Clique / La Soirée — Mannish/Musical Arranger — London Hippodrome, Spiegeltent London — Brett Haylock (prod.) — Olivier Award nominee

Failed States — Hannah and others — Latitude — Andrew Taylor, Desmond O'Connor (writs.), Patrick Wilde (dir.), Dysphoria Arts (prod.)

Camera Lucida — Fig. 3 — Barbican — Dickie Beau (dir.), Dead City Radio (prod.) — Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award winner

Frisky & Mannish: Just Too Much — Southbank Centre (Udderbelly), Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), UK tour, Fringe World (Circustheater) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Elle While (dir.), Underbelly Ltd., Phil McIntyre Ents., Sharon Burgess (prods.) — Entertainmentwise Best Comedy Award winner

Four Screws Loose in The Big-Screw Up — Director — Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly) — Richard David-Caine, Joseph Elliott, Thom Ford, Conan House (writs.), James Grant Mgmt. (prod.)

Real Horror Show — Adam and others — Leicester Square Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly) — Colin Hoult (writ.), Kat Hoult (dir.)

Dirty Laundry — Tristan/Constable — theatre503, Latitude, Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly) — Rachel Hirons (writ.), Kat Hoult (dir.), Joe Brown, Old Vic New Voices (prods.)

Four Screws Loose in Screwtopia! — Director — Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly), St. James Theatre, Adelaide Fringe (Cupola) — Richard David-Caine, Joseph Elliott, Thom Ford, Conan House (writs.), James Grant Mgmt. (prod.)

Max & Iván: The Reunion — Musical Arranger — Edinburgh Fringe (Pleasance), Soho Theatre, Melbourne Comedy Festival (Town Hall) — Max Olesker, Iván González (writs.), Tom Parry (dir.), Mick Perrin Worldwide (prod.) — Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Barry Award nominee

Frisky & Mannish: Extra-Curricular Activities — Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly), UK tour, Fringe World (Circustheater), Adelaide Fringe (Deluxe) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents., Sharon Burgess (prods.) — Adelaide Fringe Weekly Best Comedy Award winner

Punch — John — Canal Café Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly) — Steven Bloomer (writ.), Jessica Edwards (dir.)

Frisky & Mannish: 27 Club — Tabard Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.)

2012: An Olympic Vaudeville — Writer/Performer — Greenwich Theatre — Leela Bunce (co-writ.)

Frisky & Mannish: Pop Centre Plus — Southbank Centre (Udderbelly), Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Bestival, UK tour, Dublin Fringe (Absolut Fringe Club), Shepherd's Bush Empire, Fringe World (De Parel Spiegeltent) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents. (prod.)

A Frisky & Mannish Christmas / Frisky & Mannish's Christmas Mess...age  — Writer/Mannish — Lyric Theatre — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Sean Mooney (prod.)

Frisky & Mannish: The College Years — Latitude, Riverside Studios, Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Bloomsbury Theatre, UK tour, Fringe World (De Parel Spiegeltent) — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.), Phil McIntyre Ents. (prod.)

Frisky & Mannish's School of Pop — Leicester Square Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Soho Theatre, Sydney Opera House, New Zealand International Arts Festival (Pacific Blue Festival Club), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Hi-Fi), Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Festival Centre), Brighton Fringe, UK tour — Laura Corcoran (co-writ.) — Guardian Bring Me Sunshine Award winner, Fringe Guru Editor's Choice Award winner, Chortle Award nominee, Loaded LAFTA Award nominee

Pieter at the Orchid / The Iron Eyelashes — Joe — Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (Cobalt Café), New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich — Imogen Brodie (writ.), Sarah Niven (dir.), Imaginary Forces (prod.)

Merman at the Jermyn — Musical Director — Jermyn St. Theatre, Aldeburgh Music Festival — Dominic Mattos (writ.), Joyous Pie (prod.)

The Threepenny Opera — Peachum — Oxford Playhouse — Lotte Wakeham (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Bajazet — Osmin — Edinburgh Fringe (Caves) — Ed Behrens (dir.), Double Edge Drama (prod.)

The Oxford Revue — Writer/Performer — Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly), Old Fire Station Oxford, Oxford Playhouse — Drummond Moir, Rose Heiney, Ed Behrens (dirs.)

Into the Woods — Musical Director — Oxford Playhouse — Tom Littler, Lotte Wakeham (dirs.), OUDS, Primavera (prods.)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Musical Director — Old Fire Station Oxford — Harry Scoble-Rees (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle — Lavrenti and others — Oxford Playhouse — Lily Sykes (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

The Insect Play — Ichneumon Fly — Old Fire Station Oxford — Nanw Rowlands (dir.), Big Clock (prod.)

I Was a Rat! — Roger — Edinburgh Fringe (C Venues) — Holly Race (dir.)

A Midsummer Night's Dream — Puck — Merton College Oxford — Tom Littler (dir.), Primavera (prod.)

Assassins — Charles Guiteau — Old Fire Station Oxford — Laura Corcoran (dir.), MofO (prod.)

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change — Musical Director — Burton Taylor Studio Oxford — Kieran Pugh (dir.), MofO (prod.)

Godspell — Musical Director — O'Reilly Theatre Oxford — Laura Corcoran (dir.), MofO (prod.)

Once Upon a Mattress — Minstrel — Electric Theatre Guildford — Angela Hardcastle (dir.), SCYT (prod.)

Twelfth Night — Antonio — Oriel College Oxford — James Methven (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Lulu — Edvard Schwarz — Old Fire Station Oxford — Lily Sykes (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Three Sisters — Fedotik — Oxford Playhouse — Andrew Leveson (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Guys and Dolls  — Nicely-Nicely Johnson — Old Fire Station Oxford — Wayne Ives (dir.), Deep Blue Theatre (prod.)

The Compartment  — Young Man — Burton Taylor Studio Oxford — Kate Sagovsky (dir.), OUDS (prod.)

Two Gentlemen of Verona — Antonio/Eglamour — Electric Theatre Guildford — Angela Hardcastle (dir.), SCYT (prod.)

Oklahoma! — Ensemble — Waterfront Hall Belfast, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, Peacock Theatre — Roger Haines (dir.), NYMT (prod.)

The Secret Garden — Dickon Bradley — King's Head Theatre — Miles Eady (dir.), Elephant Theatre Company (prod.)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — Children's Chorus — Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead — Bill Kenwright (prod.)

A Christmas Carol — Young Scrooge — Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead — Glen Walford (dir.)


Image © Luke Varley 2015

National Youth Music Theatre
Trinity College London
— Advanced Performance Certificate (piano)

University of Oxford — M.A. (Hons.) Classics and English — exhibition prize, scholarship, Full Blue award


A Stranger Kind — Musician — Orofena Films — Aled Roberts (writ.), Ollie Murray (dir.)

The Artist-Critic Conflict — Writer/Performer — Duncan McLean (dir.) — British Comedy Award nominee

Session Squared — Writer — HookHitch Theatre — Jonny Klein (co-writ.), Christopher Mills (dir.) — 48 Hour Film Project London Audience Award winner

Too Cabaret: A Message for Gary Barlow — Writer/Mannish — Laura Corcoran (dir.)


Sketchorama — BBC Radio 4 — Gus Beattie (prod.)

The Verb — BBC Radio 3 — Jessica Treen (prod.)

The Perfect Christmas Single — BBC Radio 1 — Chris Cox, Emlyn Williams (prods.)

BBC New Comedy Award — BBC Radio 2

Fun and Filth Cabaret — BBC Radio 1

The Scott Mills Show — BBC Radio 1 — Emlyn Williams (prod.)

The Danny Wallace Show — XFM

The Jo Good Show — BBC Radio London

The Shaun Keaveny Show — BBC Radio 6 Music

Curiosity Killed the Cabaret — BBC Radio 4 — Ali McGregor (prod.)

The Lauren Laverne Show — BBC Radio 6 Music


Text Santa — ITV

Love Shaft — E4 — Lucky Day (prod.)

Live at the Fringe — BBC3

The Culture Show — BBC2 — John MacLaverty (prod.)

Dick and Dom's Funny Business — BBC2 — Dez McCarthy (dir.)

The Hour — STV


Madame Gingerline — Composer/M.D. — Gingerline — Susannah Mountfort (dir.)

Chambers of Flavour — Composer — Gingerline — Susannah Mountfort (dir.)

I'm Still Here - Elaine Paige — Voice-over — Royal Albert Hall — Laura Corcoran (dir.), ScreenLive Entertainment (prod.)

Planet Gingerline — Writer/Mannish — Gingerline — Laura Corcoran (dir.), Susannah Mountfort (prod.)


Secrets of the Bluestockings — Dramaturg — Tara Arts — Leela Bunce, Heather TyrrellEmma Waterford (writs./prods.)

House of Less Women — Writer/Director/Performer — Shoreditch Town Hall — James Pidgeon (prod.)

Wif and Wer — Paul — National Theatre (Temporary Theatre) — Rona Munro (writ.), Anna Ledwich (dir.), Sphinx Theatre Company (prod.)

Christopher Himself — Christopher Isherwood — The Point Eastleigh — Philip Glassborow (writ.), Angela Hardcastle (dir.)

Love is a Greater Crime than Hate — Writer — Riverside Studios

The Guinea Pig Club — Tony — Trafalgar Studios — Susan Watkins (writ.), Helen Eastman (dir.)

Ordinary Decent Criminals — Composer/M.D. — Pimlico Opera — Rose Heiney (writ.), Olivia Fuchs (dir.)

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