• Tama


    Actor / Writer


  • Diary/Projects


    Midsummer Night’s Dream

    with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London


    with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra




  • Résumé

    Tama Matheson


    Tama is an award-winning writer, director, and actor with a passion for bringing together music and the spoken word. He has been producing Lyric Dramas for several years in both England and Australia, where they have met with universal acclaim.


    Tama has written and performed six original plays, including Ben (on the life of Benjamin Britten), Bright Stars Shone for Us (on Tchaikovsky), Don Juan – the Scandalous Life of Lord Byron (performed this year at the Barnes Festival), Panufnik – his Quest for Peace, The White Mouse (on the war heroine, Nancy Wake), Johann Sebastian (on the life of Bach), and his own adaptations of A Christmas Carol and Christmas Fairy Tales. He has also recorded his Christmas Carol for 4MBS radio in Australia, where it is played every year, as well as his own adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


    With several awards as both director and actor under his belt (Matilda Awards, Green Room Awards, Del Arte Charts), as well as two nominations as a writer, Tama is now keen to also embrace the virtual world and is working to on Lyric Dramas Audio plays.

    Tama was Artist in Residence at 4MBS Classic FM for 3 years, during which time he produced several radio programmes, as well as audio productions of his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol and his original drama about Polish composer Andrsej Panufnik.


    Tama has collaborated on Lyric Dramas with several orchestras, including the London Mozart Players, Solomon’s Knot, the Brisbane Camerata, and the Melbourne, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. He is booked to perform with the Royal Philharmonic and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2021 – in both instances to produce Lyric Dramas.


    As an opera director, Tama has worked all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Oper Graz, Houston Grand Opera, Melbourne and Perth and South Australian Opera. He has also worked at Covent Garden, The Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Baden Baden Opera. As a theatre director, he has worked extensively in Australia, where he is Artistic Director of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival (which he established in 2006), as well as in London.


    Tama studied English at Oxford University and Drama and History at the University of Queensland

    Tama speaks English, German and Italian

  • Press / Testimonials

    What others say

    Written and acted by the profoundly talented Tama Matheson this was an evening of musical, emotional and dramatic superlatives. Telling the musical and stressful journey of a man with an enormous and treasured genius and a life overwhelmed by personal confusion, fear, love and sorrow...Tama exposed it all with so much warmth and respect without fear and he enveloped the audience in this tale that reduced many to tears at times.

    Tchaikovsky - Bright Stars shone for us, Australia 2015

    “That was sensational and deeply moving!

    'Bright Stars Shone for Us’ was a real gem of a ‘lyric drama’, which clearly made an impact on the audience (and the musicians, if I’m not mistaken!). I could easily see that play being toured round the UK to great acclaim."

    Wimbledon Int.Music Festival 2019

    Art at that level is what makes life worthwhile. The rest is just pure survival

    Amadeus production, Brisbane Australia

    In this simple two-handed play, Director, Tama Matheson teases humour from one of the most serious challenges the monarchy has had to weather.

    Falling in Love again - King’s Head Theatre, London 2019

    Melbourne Opera’s sparkling new production of Richard Strauss’ bittersweet comedy, Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose), is an inventive hoot made special by the detail and life of Tama Matheson’s direction.

    Melbourne, 2017

    Bellissimo. VERY special. A beautiful, touching and at the same time light, performance.

    His Quest for Peace - Panufnik

    with pianist Clare Hammond


    Barnes Music Festival 2021

  • Contact

    Tama Matheson

    e mail tama.matheson@gmail.com

    Mobile +44 (0) 7507 874062


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