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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
A uniquely talented performer... 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
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
— Daily Mail
★★★★★
— Adelaide Advertiser, British Theatre Guide, Broadway Baby, Chortle, Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, Gay Times, Herald, List, Reviews Hub, Skinny, Three Weeks, Time Out, What's On Stage
★★★★
— Arts Desk, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Evening Standard, Fest, Fringe Guru, Independent, Metro, Observer, Scotsman, Stage, Times, West Australian
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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

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Music

All music, lyrics, arrangements and vocals by Matthew Floyd Jones unless otherwise stated.

Recorded at Woodstock Studios, Shock & Awe Studios, and Wisebuddah.

Commission me to compose/arrange a piece of music for you here

  • 3:39
    Commissioned by BBC Radio 1. Laura Corcoran (additional music and lyrics, vocals), Scott Mills (vocals), Chris Stark (vocals), Beccy Huxtable (vocals), Marc Vickers (production).
  • 4:22
    Laura Corcoran (additional lyrics, vocals), Sarah-Louise Young (vocals), Joanna Woodward (vocals), Victoria Futterweit (vocals), Barry Hilton (production).
  • 5:04
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 2:25
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 3:55
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 3:08
    James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 2:10
    Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), James Johnston (percussion and production), Tom Mansi (double bass), Emi Agbo (additional sound engineering), Stevan Krakovic (mastering).
  • 1:45
    From 'Psychodermabrasion'. Barry Hilton (production).
  • 3:26
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Susannah Mountfort (lyrics), Bethany Barber (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:36
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Giuseppe Verdi (music), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), Alex Otterburn (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:18
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Leo Delibes (music), Jenny Stafford (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 3:55
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (music), Gaetano Donizetti (music), Alex Otterburn (vocals), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), Jenny Stafford (vocals), James Pickering (production).
  • 4:45
    Commissioned by Gingerline. Georges Bizet (music), Jenny Stafford (vocals), Dominic J. Walsh (vocals), James Pickering (production).
 

biography

© Rosie Collins 2015

© Rosie Collins 2015

© Luke Varley

© Luke Varley

© Rosie Collins

In 2017, Matthew wrote Richard Carpenter is Close to You, a parody play in which he plays the piano player from The Carpenters.  Following previews at Buxton Fringe (where he received the Best New Writing award), the production premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe where it sold out its entire run and was described as a "stroke of genius" (Times).  The Stage singled it out as one of the best shows at the festival.  He also wrote the score for A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), a collaboration with playwright Jon Brittain which had previously been workshopped and previewed at New Diorama and Greenwich Theatre with support from Hull Truck and the Kevin Spacey Foundation.  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 has been published by Methuen Drama.  

Matthew is best known as the male keyboard-playing half of Frisky & Mannish, the musical comedy double act noted 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 upon 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 the cabaret tent at Latitude Festival, the pair returned to Edinburgh with a sophomore show, The College Years, which garnered them enough critical acclaim to land 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 the duo's 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.  The pair were then invited 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.  More recently, they have developed CabaRIOT, a protest show exploring topical socio-political themes that has toured venues in London, Perth, Edinburgh, and Auckland.  Aside from their own shows, the pair headlined two West End variety nights at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, and played many 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 2's The Arts Show, BBC Radio 3's The Verb, and BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama.  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).

Other stage work includes Marksman, a solo show initially devised at Jacksons Lane, and singled out as a 'top theatre pick' in The Guardian, before further development at the Young Vic and Slung Low's The HUB with Russell Lucas, supported by an Arts Council England grant.  As an actor, Matthew played the lead role in Steven Bloomer's Punch at the Edinburgh Fringe, for which he was variously described as "a terrific lead" (Time Out), "a joy" (Exeunt), "charismatic" (Scotsman), and "fine" (Stage).  He 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 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 at the National Theatre, Old Vic, Peacock Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, King's Head, New Wolsey Theatre, Waterfront Hall, Sherman Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre, and theatre503.  He performs an alt-drag character act in the guise of Ruth Less, who was crowned the winner of 'Miss Twin Peaks 2013' at The Double R Club, and has since appeared at Glastonbury with Miss Behave, Soho Theatre with Nina Conti, Shoreditch Town Hall with John Kearns, The Glory with Jonny Woo, Udderbelly with Scott Capurro, Barbican, London Wonderground, Theatre Delicatessen, Pleasance, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.

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 immersive company Gingerline.  His musical directing credits include Stay Another Song at the Young Vic, Into the Woods at the Oxford Playhouse, Merman at the Jermyn, and the Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated The Reunion.  As a director, his work on Screwtopia! and The Big Screw-Up garnered critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, St. James Theatre, and Adelaide Fringe. He 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."  He co-wrote the screenplay for Session Squared, which won an Audience Award at the 48 Hour Film Project London 2013.  He is also an occasional contributing writer for Exeunt Magazine.

stage

Beans — Writer — Canal Café Theatre — Adam Morley (dir.), Emma Taylor (prod.)

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

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

Richard Carpenter is Close to You — Writer, Richard — Brighton Fringe (Otherplace), Old Joint Stock Birmingham, HUB Leeds, Offbeat Festival Oxford, Greater Manchester Fringe (King's Arms), Buxton Fringe (Underground), Wardrobe Bristol, Great Yorkshire Fringe (Shed), Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly) — Buxton Fringe Award winner

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.)

CabaRIOT — Writer, Mannish — 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

Just Too Much — Writer, Mannish — 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

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.)

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.)

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

Extra-Curricular Activities — Writer, Mannish — 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.)

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

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

Pop Centre Plus — Writer, Mannish — 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.)

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

School of Pop — Writer, Mannish — 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.)

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Image © Luke Varley 2015

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

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


film

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.)


RADIO

Sketchorama — Writer, Mannish — BBC Radio 4 — Gus Beattie (prod.)

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

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

BBC New Comedy Award — Mannish — BBC Radio 2

Fun and Filth Cabaret — Mannish — BBC Radio 1

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

The Danny Wallace Show — Mannish — XFM

The Jo Good Show — Mannish — BBC Radio London

The Shaun Keaveny Show — Mannish —BBC Radio 6 Music

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

The Lauren Laverne Show — Mannish — BBC Radio 6 Music


TELEVISION

Text Santa — Mannish — ITV

Love Shaft — Singing Teacher — E4 — Lucky Day (prod.)

Live at the Fringe — Mannish — BBC3

The Culture Show — Writer, Mannish — BBC2 — John MacLaverty (prod.)

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

The Hour — Mannish — STV


EVENT

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.)


WORKSHOP / READING

House of Less Women — Writer, Director, Ruthantha, Mercephone — 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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press

INTERVIEWS

Voice Mag  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"

Miro Magazine  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"

Three Weeks  |  "Richard Carpenter is Close to You"

British Comedy Guide  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

The Independent  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

The Telegraph  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

Edinburgh Festival Guide  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

The Guardian  |  "Frisky & Mannish" 

Stated  |  "Frisky & Mannish"

The Stage  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones" 

Ham & High  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"

Gay Times  |  "Matthew Floyd Jones"