Matthew is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced across the UK and Europe, as well as in America, Australia and South Africa. UnPacking, a web series he co-created, was released in 2018. Current commissions include a feature length screenplay for Dan Films and episodes of EastEnders for BBC 1.
Matthew’s play, The Man Jesus, premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, prior to a UK tour and was nominated for an Irish Times Best New Play award. A new production subsequently opened at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. It has also been translated into Afrikaans (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, South Africa), Czech and Italian.
Other writing for theatre includes Sailing Somewhere (Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg; The Crazy Coqs, London), Believe (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; New End Theatre, London & UK tour; Adelaide Festival, Australia; Norrbottens Teatern, Lulea, Sweden) and Singing! Dancing! Acting! (Soho Theatre, London; La Foire Saint-Germain, Paris; Theatriki Skini, Athens).
Adaptations for the stage include Conrad’s The Secret Agent, created in collaboration with theatre O (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Young Vic, London; UK tour) and Emmanuel Darley’s Tuesdays At Tesco’s (Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – Fringe First award; 59E59 Theaters, New York; various UK productions). His adaptation, with Sarah Vermande, of Amin Maalouf’s text for Ravel’s Antar was performed at Carnegie Hall, New York.
He has written two plays for the radio: Kingdom Of Cloud and Phumzile. Both have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.