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We are delighted to present our third and fourth Artist in Residence schemes, designed to support local emerging and professional artists by providing development space across our theatrical programme.


The recipient of the Summer programme is:







Henry Naylor

After winning 51 awards in the past decade, Henry Naylor is one of the most decorated playwrights on the English-speaking Fringe circuit. He is one of only a handful of writers to have won the Fringe First three times and has taken the top prizes at the Edinburgh, Adelaide, Prague, Hollywood and New York Fringes. 


A former lead-writer on Spitting Image, his work is typically humorous and accessible, tackling difficult social and political issues with intelligence and wit.  


His plays have been staged in five continents and translated into seventeen languages.


‘One of our best new playwrights’, ***** The Times.



The recipient of the Autumn programme is:




Tama Matheson


Tama is a British-Australian writer, director, and actor, whose work has been produced in England, Australian, Europe, and America. He has a passion for combining music and the spoken word, which has led him to develop a new form of theatre which mixes a full play with a complete musical concert. 

Tama has worked with theatre companies, orchestras, and opera companies all over the world (including the OSO Theatre, The King’s Head Theatre, The Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, Oper Graz, and the Salesjan’s Theatre in Malta) and is currently Artistic Director of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in Australia.

As an actor, Tama has performed in theatre and TV in England and Australia – including roles such as Bunthorne in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Felix in The Odd Couple, Leo in Coward’s Design for Living, and Michal in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, and Hamlet, Richard III, Henry V, Oberon, Don Pedro, Banquo, Antonio, and Ariel, in the Shakespearean canon. He has appeared in TV shows from Eastenders and Heartbeat, to the Story of Paul Hogan, and the forthcoming Ellis for Channel 5.   

Tama has written and produced 12 of his own plays, including dramas about Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Britten, Prokofiev, Lord Byron, Nancy Wake, Andrsej Panufnik, Prokofiev, and Australian poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, along with his own adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peer Gynt. His I Shall Hear in Heaven (about Beethoven) and Bright Stars Shone for Us (about Tchaikovsky) were nominated and shortlisted, respectively, for RPS awards in London. 

Tama has also won several acting and directing awards in Australia.  

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SHOWCASE: SAT 27 JULY, 7.30pm | WED 20 NOV, 7.30pm

Our Artist in Residence scheme runs alongside our 3 yearly programmes, providing development space for up and coming local artists.


If you are interested in being considered for Autumn 2024, please provide a covering letter and CV to Applications will close in May 2024.

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