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A musical sprite with perfect comical timing
— Time Out
 
A fey figure... eccentric, and wildly talented
— Independent
Big-name comedian
— Guardian
Stroke of genius
— Times
Deft-fingered... exotic to behold... gender-bending
— Telegraph
Hilarious... meticulous... ruthless... priceless
— Stage
No slouch in the foghorn department
— Evening Standard
Fabulous in voice and good looks, but also plays keyboard like an angel and bodypops like a devil
— Scotsman
You’ll either love it or hate it
— Daily Mail
One of those infuriatingly multi-talented people who can turn his hand to just about anything
— Gay Times
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News

 

Matthew is currently a featured entertainer on Independence of the Seas, sailing in the Caribbean.

His musical A Super Happy Story is playing the Vault Festival London and touring the UK this spring.

In July, he will be previewing a new show, Frisky & Mannish’s PopLab, ahead of Edinburgh Fringe in August and a UK tour in October.
© Rosie Collins 2015

© Rosie Collins 2015

biography

Matthew is a musician, writer and performer, best known as the keyboard-playing half of internationally-beloved musical comedy duo Frisky & Mannish, and the creator of acclaimed solo show Richard Carpenter is Close to You.

He won a Fringe First and a Musical Theatre Review Award for co-writing the hit play A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

He played George in the West End première of Miss Nightingale, and has acted at the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Trafalgar Studios and the Barbican. His alt-drag character act Ruth Less was crowned Miss Twin Peaks 2013.

He has musically directed shows for the Young Vic, Jermyn Street Theatre and the Oxford Playhouse. He regularly works as a featured entertainer for Royal Caribbean International. He has also written a number of articles and interviews for Exeunt Magazine.

Matthew graduated from Oxford with a scholarship, a Full Blue award and a joint honours degree in Classics and English literature. He holds a diploma in piano from Trinity College London. He is an alumnus of the National Youth Music Theatre of Great Britain.

© Luke Varley 2015

© Luke Varley 2015

Writer-performer credits:

Frisky & Mannish
Stage: Edinburgh Fringe (6 sell-out shows, #2 on Festival Guide’s Top-Rated Shows, Guardian Award, Entertainmentwise Award), Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Lyric Theatre, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe (Best Comedy Award), New Zealand Arts Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Fringe World Perth, Auckland Town Hall, Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, T in the Park, Leicester Square Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Riverside Studios, Tabard Theatre, Brighton Fringe (Editor’s Choice Award), Dublin Fringe, New York, Berlin, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, 6 UK tours
Radio: The Scott Mills Show, Perfect Christmas Single (BBC Radio 1), BBC New Comedy Award (BBC Radio 2), The Verb (BBC Radio 3), Sketchorama, Curiosity Killed the Cabaret (BBC Radio 4), The Lauren Laverne Show (BBC 6 Music)
Television: The Culture Show, Dick and Dom’s Funny Business (BBC2), Three at the Fringe (BBC3), The Hour (STV)
Hackney Empire New Act of the Year (runners-up), Chortle Award nominees, Loaded LAFTA Award nominees
“Undisputed hit of the Edinburgh Fringe” ★★★★★ (Herald), “Global phenomenon” (Times), “Effortless” (Observer), “Unbelievable” (Sun), “Fully blown superstars” ★★★★★ (Time Out), “Extraordinary” (NZ Herald), “Pure exhilarating brilliance from start to finish” ★★★★★ (Chortle), “Talents to watch” (Independent), “Riotous” (Guardian), “Superb and uncontrollable (Sunday Times), “A force of nature” (West Australian), “A gold-star masterclass” (Mail on Sunday), ★★★★★ Evening News, ★★★★★ Mail, ★★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser, ★★★★★ List, ★★★★★ Skinny, ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide, ★★★★★ Three Weeks, ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ Gay Times, ★★★★ Independent,★★★★ Observer, ★★★★ Evening Standard, ★★★★ Metro, ★★★★ Arts Desk, ★★★★ Fest, ★★★★ West Australian

Richard Carpenter is Close to You
Buxton Fringe (Best New Writing Award), Edinburgh Fringe (The Stage Best Shows of the Festival, Guardian Pick of the Fringe), Adelaide Festival Centre, Butterfly Club Melbourne, Bloomsbury Theatre, UK tour
“Stroke of genius” ★★★★ (Times), “Priceless” ★★★★ (Stage), “Ingenious… one of the best shows I’ve seen” (Australian Arts Review), ★★★★★ Reviews Hub, ★★★★½ Culture Review, ★★★★ List, ★★★★ Fest Mag, ★★★★ FringeGuru, ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Marksman - Jacksons Lane (Arts Council England Award, Guardian Top Theatre Pick), Platform, Slung Low’s HUB; “Painfully funny” (This is Cabaret)

Ruth Less / House of Less Women - Glastonbury, Soho Theatre, Bethnal Green WMC (Double R Club’s Miss Twin Peaks), Pleasance, RVT, Shoreditch Town Hall, Udderbelly, London Wonderground, Theatre Delicatessen, Glory

The Artist-Critic Conflict (short film) - British Comedy Award nominee

Too Cabaret (short film) - “Hugely entertaining… some of our brightest and most talented producers and performers” (Guardian)

2012: An Olympic Vaudeville - Greenwich Theatre Emerging Artists Season; “Bursting with inventive attention to music, comedy, visual impact and narrative structure” (Time Out Critic’s Choice)

La Clique - Hippodrome (Olivier Award nominee)

The Oxford Revue - Edinburgh Fringe, Oxford Playhouse

Writer/Composer credits:

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) (published by Methuen Drama)
Hull Truck, New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe (Fringe First Award, Musical Theatre Review Award, KSF Award, Holden Street Award nominee, Carol Tambor Award nominee, Mental Health Award nominee), Vault Festival, 2 UK tours
“You’d be hard pushed to find a better musical at this year’s Fringe” ★★★★★ (What’s On Stage), “Beautiful, spine-tingling show” ★★★★ (List), ★★★★★ Fest Mag, ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide, ★★★★★ Three Weeks, ★★★★ Scotsman, ★★★★ Stage, ★★★★ Fest

Beans - Canal Café Theatre; “Bright-eyed and spiky” ★★★★ Stage

Madame Gingerline / Chambers of Flavour / Planet Gingerline (immersive events) - Gingerline; “Exciting and ambitious” Harper’s Bazaar

Session Squared (short film) - 48 Hour Film Project London (Audience Award)

Love is a Greater Crime than Hate (reading) - Riverside Studios

Ordinary Decent Criminals (workshop) - Pimlico Opera

Actor credits:

Miss Nightingale George Nowodny Hippodrome; “Jones is a find,  perfect casting as a waspish, pallidly troubled, camp and reckless George” (Libby Purves), “The standout performance of the show… wonderful acting” (Broadway World)

Charming Dick Witch Queen Cockpit Theatre

Royal Vauxhall Kenny Everett Latitude, Edinburgh Fringe, Royal Vauxhall Tavern; “His Kenny is astonishingly accurate” (Fest)

Heels of Glory Honey Chelsea Theatre

I’m Still Here Voice-over Royal Albert Hall

Wif and Wer (reading) Paul National Theatre

Christopher Himself (reading) Christopher Isherwood The Point

Failed States Hannah and others Latitude

A Stranger Kind (short film) Musician Orofena Films

Camera Lucida Fig.3 Barbican (Oxford Samuel Theatre Trust Award)

Real Horror Show Adam and others Leicester Square Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe

Dirty Laundry Tristan/Constable theatre503, Latitude, Edinburgh Fringe (Old Vic New Voices)

Punch John Canal Café Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe; “Jones is a terrific lead” (Time Out)

The Guinea Pig Club (reading) Tony Trafalgar Studios

The Secret Garden Dickon King’s Head Theatre

Director/Musical director credits:

Secrets of the Bluestockings (workshop) Director Tara Arts

Beauty and the Beast Musical director CAST (integrated British Sign Language production)

Szgrabble Musical director Edinburgh Fringe, Museum of Comedy, Bell Inn

Stay Another Song Musical director Young Vic

Screwtopia! / The Big Screw-Up Director Edinburgh Fringe, St. James Theatre, Adelaide Fringe

The Reunion Musical arranger Edinburgh Fringe (Comedy Award nominee), Soho Theatre, Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award nominee)

Pieter at the Orchid / The Iron Eyelashes Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, New Wolsey Theatre

Merman at the Jermyn Musical director Jermyn Street Theatre, Aldeburgh Music Festival

Marksman © Lee Watson 2017

Marksman © Lee Watson 2017

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MUSIC

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FILMs

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