The Life and Passion of JS Bach
Teatru Salesjan, Malta
Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room, London
A Poesis production
Join writer, actor and director Tama Matheson, violinist Davina Clake and friends for a musico-dramatic voyage through the life of one of the world’s greatest composers: Johann Sebastian Bach.
Part play and part recital, JS is a moving, always fascinating and often hilarious depiction of Bach’s life and work. The play traces, amid a setting of his music, the longings, desires, and inspirations that drove Bach to his beautiful creations. JS presents the tale of one of the world’s greatest composers, struggling, like all of us, to harmonise the dissonances of real life.
From the Sea to the Stars
1 July 2020
Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room, London
A Poesis production
Date under review due to current situation
A musical and dramatic odyssey through the fabulous history of human exploration, 'From the Ocean to the Stars' plunges us deep into the eternal human desire to strike outwards into the cosmos, across oceans of space and time. From our earliest beginnings to the far-flung future, we remain what we have always been - mariners on a sea of chance. Performed as a dazzling interplay of classical music, poetry, and drama, 'From the Ocean to the Stars' takes its audience on a journey to the heart of human aspiration.
Summer, Autumn and Winter 2020
All further projects cancelled or on hold, amongst them
Cox and Box - operatic Farce by Sullivan, Salesians Theatre, Malta
Macbeth, Brisbane Shakespeare Festival
All projects are under review due to the global crisis. Tama has tentative confirmation for
Midsummer Night’s Dream
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
a new lyric drama with Barnes Music Festival 2021, London
We can’t wait for the curtains to re-open
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
“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.
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