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Matthew graduated from the University of QLD with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2005, later completing his cadetship on The Fraser Coast Chronicle newspaper in 2006. Matthew went on to graduate from NIDA with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art Acting in 2010. Upon graduating, he appeared in Private View which toured to Melbourne's Theatre Works in early 2011. Matthew’s main stage debut was playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys throughout 2011. He’ll next be seen in the new Aussie app series, Surry, set to go live in early 2012.

Matthew has written 7 articles on AussieTheatre

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Sydney to get sexed up

The Sydney theatre scene is about to get a whole lot sexier…and pinker. Direct from a hugely successful Melbourne season, director Stephen Nicolazzo’s production of sex.violence.blood.gore will play five shows only next month. “Transporting it into The Old Fitz theatre will continue to support the underground nature of the work and encourage audiences to sit… Read more.


One Lucky Fox: Bobby Fox releases EP

One Lucky Fox: Bobby Fox releases EP

Call it luck of the Irish, but multi-talented performer Bobby Fox is clearly on a winning streak. He answers his phone for a quick chat whilst on a break, in his trailer no less, from shooting a regular role in Channel Nine’s new series, House Husbands. “I love being able to jump from one thing… Read more.


No need to dress up: Sydney Chamber Opera makes the art form accessible

Sydney Chamber Opera are preparing to present the world premiere of In The Penal Colony by Philip Glass at the Parade Playhouse in Kensington this weekend. Even if opera isn’t your bag, it’s worth a look – these guys are doing their utmost to make the art form accessible to the everyman, as Matthew Backer… Read more.


Angus’ netball opera goal attacked

Angus’ netball opera goal attacked

When it comes to strange bedfellows, writer Angus Grant’s combination of opera and netball might just take the cake. The two may at first sound like a strange fit, but Angus said they mesh surprisingly well in his new full-length musical comedy, Contact!, set to open in Melbourne this month. “The story works as a… Read more.


Paul Whiteley on awareness, creativity and his latest show, Elegies

Paul Whiteley on awareness, creativity and his latest show, Elegies

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens has opened at the Seymour Centre and is part of Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras Festival. Actor/singer Paul Whiteley, last seen as part of the original cast of Jersey Boys in Melbourne and Sydney, joins the incredible company who are currently bringing this classic show to life. He sat… Read more.



The Bitter End: Kurt puts spotlight on break ups

A break-up can often result in a few common scenarios: crying into one’s pillow, living off Rocky Road ice cream, downing that bottle of Bourbon or all of the above. Yet actor-writer Kurt Phelan chose a different route: he wrote a play. Currently playing as part of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, Kurt’s debut play, The Bitter… Read more.


Finger of God points the way for new Aussie Musical, Dreamsong

Finger of God points the way for new Aussie Musical, Dreamsong

Matthew Backer catches up with Hugo Chiarella about his new musical, Dreamsong, currently workshopping at Arts Centre Melbourne.  If there is indeed a God, and He happens to enjoy musical theatre, actor-writer Hugo Chiarella might want to send a few prayers of thanks His way. One could almost deduce from talking to Hugo that some… Read more.


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