• Tama

    Matheson

    Actor / Writer

    Director

     

     

    Tama's lyric drama Tchaikovsky - Bright Stars Shone For Us (a recent Poesis production at Wimbledon Int Music Festival with The London Mozart Players)has been shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards!Winners to be announces on the 18th November

  • Diary/Projects

    Stravinsky: A Soldier's Tale

    London Mozart Players

    Narrator: Tama Matheson
    Conductor: Will Vann

     

    Broadcast Day: 3pm Sunday 8 November 2020

     

    Find out more and book your tickets here

    Written at the end of the First World War, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Taleis a parable for all cultures and times. A deserting soldier trades his beloved violin to the devil in return for a fortune, later deliberately losing at cards to win it back. But the Devil is not so easily beaten… Actor Tama Matheson narrates this Faustian story, while rhythms of ragtime, tango, waltz and a march jostle for position in Stravinsky’s devilishly original score. Broadcast on Remembrance Sunday, the concert will end with ‘The Last Post’.

     

    Filmed at the Royal Chelsea Hospital with an audience of Chelsea Pensioners

    Exploring Beethoven's Genius

    Wimbledon Int. Music Festival

    Piers Lane, piano, Jessica Duchen, author and Tama Matheson

     

    Online:

    from Sat 21 November 2020, 7:30PM to

    Sun 22 Nov 2020, 9:00PM

     

    Find out more and book your tickets here

    A specially commissioned new drama by Tama Matheson in which Beethoven drops in on pianist Piers Lane as he is about to embark on performing, for the first time, the complete cycle of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas will be performed at a later date.

     

     

    2021

    All projects are under review due to the global crisis. Tama has tentative confirmation for

    a new lyric drama with Barnes Music Festival 2021, London

     

    2022

    Midsummer Night’s Dream

    with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

    Amadeus

    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

  • Contact

    Please get in touch

    Tama Matheson

    e mail tama.matheson@gmail.com

    Mobile +44 (0) 7507 874062

    London

    Poesis productions

    e mail Kirsten@poesis.co.uk

    London

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