MATTHEW XIA : THEATRE

Theatre Director, Composer, DJ and Journalist.

David Haig in Blue/Orange
Daniel Kaluuya in Blue/Orange
Divian Ladwa in When Chaplin Met Gandhi
Cynthia Erivo, Ana Mateo and Natasha Barnes
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Gillian Bevan in Into The Woods

In November 2018 Matthew was appointed Artistic Director of ATC (Actors Touring Company).  In September he directed his first ATC show, AMSTERDAM by Maya Arad Yasur at The Orange Tree before remounting it next spring at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

 

He is an Associate Artist at the Nottingham Playhouse alongside Amanda Whittington, James Graham, and Sara Knowles.

In 2019, Matthew directed Hannah Patterson's EDEN at Hampstead Theatre, a brand new production of BLOOD KNOT by Athol Fugard at The Orange Tree, and the regional premiere of Kemp Powers' ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... at the Nottingham Playhouse, HOME and Bristol Old Vic. 

From 2014 - 2017 Matthew was Associate Artistic Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange where he directed BRINK, Stephen Sondheim's fabled INTO THE WOODS and the Bruntwood Award winning WISH LIST (Royal Court co-production).

 

He established the OPEN EXCHANGE, an artist development scheme with over 400 next generation theatre-makers funded by the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.

 

For the Young Vic, in 2015 he directed the critically acclaimed revival of BLUE/ORANGE starring David Haig, Daniel Kaluuya and Luke Norris, THE SOUND OF YELLOW and in 2013 won the Genesis Future Director award with SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD.

In 2012 Matthew received the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme placement at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse assisting Gemma Bodinetz on THE MISANTHROPE, directing the première of Daniel Matthew’s SCRAPPERS and associate directing the Everyman opening ceremony, LIGHTS UP.

He is a founding member of Act For Change, a trustee for Cardboard Citizens and Artistic Directors of the Future, and has served on the boards of Rich Mix, Creative Futures and Theatre Royal Stratford East (2000 - 2009) where he was also Interim Associate Director (2009 - 2011). Work at Stratford during this time includes: I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY, MAD BLUD, RE:DEFINITION, DA BOYZ (also Musical Director and Composer), and as co-director ALADDIN, CINDERELLA and THE BLACKS REMIXED (also Musical Director and Composer).

 

Matthew has read for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (2013/2015) and the Yale Drama Series (2017)

 

Matthew was one of the judging panel for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2017 alongside: Alfred Enoch, Lucy Prebble, Russell T. Davies, Lyndsey Turner, Don Warrington, Michael Oglesby, Phil Porter, and chair Kirsty Lang. He was also a judge for the 2017 and 2018  Alfred Fagon Award

In 2019 Matthew was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts London for "indefatigably working to make theatre universally accessible by working to promote minority groups as theatre leaders, makers and consumers".

Matthew is also a DJ, composer and sound designer under the pseudonym Excalibah.

Recent Directing 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... by Kemp Powers (Nottingham Playhouse / Bristol Old Vic / HOME)  

BLOOD KNOT by Athol Fugard (Orange Tree Theatre) 5x OFFIE NOMINATED 

EDEN by Hannah Patterson (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) 

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Sarah Nixon, Mark Chatterton and Robert Hyman (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

SHEBEEN by Mufaro Makubika (Nottingham Playhouse /  Theatre Royal Stratford East) ALFRED FAGON AWARD WINNER

FRANKENSTEIN by April de Angelis after Mary Shelly (Royal Exchange)

DUBLIN CAROL by Conor McPherson (Sherman Theatre Cardiff) 

WISH LIST by Katherine Soper (Royal Court) BRUNTWOOD AWARD WINNER / STAGE DEBUT AWARD / UK THEATRE AWARD NOMINATED

BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall (director) EVENING STANDARD LONG LISTED

Manchester Royal Exchange 
FRANKENSTEIN by April de Angelis after Mary Shelly (director)
WISH LIST by Katherine Soper (director) BRUNTWOOD AWARD WINNER / 3x MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARD WINNER 
INTO THE WOODS by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim (director)
BRINK by Jackie Kay (director)
Young Vic
BLUE/ORANGE by Joe Penhall (director) EVENING STANDARD LONG LISTED
THE SOUND OF YELLOW by Francesca Beard, Matthew Xia and the participants (director)
SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD by Athol Fugard, Winston Nshona, John Kani (director) (Eclipse co-production) GENESIS DIRECTOR AWARD 
BLACKTA by Nathaniel Martello-White (assistant director to David Lan)
Theatre Royal Stratford East
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Sarah Nixon, Mark Chatterton and Robert Hyman (director)

MAD BLUD by Philip Osment (associate director to Philip Osment)

THE BLACKS (REMIXED) by Jean Genet (co-director with ULTZ /composer/actor)

RE:DEFINITION a staged concept album starring: Fumin, Shola Ama, Ghetts, Devlin, Omar (director)

I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY by John Adams prod. Barbican (co-director Kerry Michael)

CINDERELLA by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman (co-director Kerry Michael)

ALADDIN by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman (associate director to Kerry Michael)

SKIN by Toby Wharton (reading - director)

INHERITANCE by Mike Packer (reading - director)

DA BOYZ by Rogers and Hart (musical director/adapter/performer)

Other Directing
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... by Kemp Powers (Nottingham Playhouse / Bristol Old Vic / HOME 

BLOOD KNOT by Athol Fugard (Orange Tree Theatre) 5x OFFIE NOMINATED 

EDEN by Hannah Patterson (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) 

SUCKERPUNCH BOOM SUITE a staged mixtape in response to Basquiat (Barbican / NitroBEAT) 

WISH LIST by Katherine Soper (Royal Court) BRUNTWOOD AWARD WINNER / STAGE DEBUT AWARD / UK THEATRE AWARD NOMINATED

MIGRATION MUSIC by Saphena Aziz (Liverpool Everyman)

SCRAPPERS by Daniel Matthew (Liverpool Playhouse)

THE MISANTHROPE by Roger McGough after Moliere (Liverpool Playhouse - asst. director to Gemma Bodinetz / ETT Tour)

BLACKLANDS by Levi David-Addai (Alfred Fagon Award Reading, Cottesloe - National Theatre)

WILD CHILD by Arinze Kene (Royal Court - Rough Cut)

THE MACHINE SPEAKS by Matthew Xia, Sarah Sayeed and cast (Contact Theatre)

RUTH THE DIVORCEE AND BARRY THE LOVE SICK BEE by Jon Brittain (Soundbites at Lyric Hammersmith Studio)

ABANDONMENT by Tom Morton-Smith (Soundbites at Rich Mix) 

SOYUZ 40 by Kenny Emson (Soundbites at Theatre 503)

RE:DEFINITION a staged concept album starring: Kano, Donaeo, Ghetts, Scrufizzer, Mpho (Urban Development at Hackney Empire)

IN HIS HANDS by Roberto Martins (Okai Collier at Hackney Empire)

WHEN CHAPLIN MET GANDHI by Jim Kenworth (Site specific piece at Kingsley Hall)

Composition | Sound Design

THE PEOPLE ARE SINGING (Manchester Royal Exchange / World Stages / British Council)

FLASH MOB (Greenwich and Docklands Festival)

FREE RUN (Underbelly Productions)

THATS THE WAY TO DO IT (Time Wont Wait)

SQUID (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

MAD BLUD (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

STICK TO THE SCRIPT (Cardboard Citizens)

A CLEAN BREAK (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

HANSEL AND GRETEL (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

ORIGIN: UNKNOWN (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

NATIONAL SLAM CHAMPIONSHIP (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

THE SNOW QUEEN (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

FAMILYMAN (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

MEDEA (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

BOLERO REMIXED (New London Orchestra)

VEX (Crying Out Loud)

IN HIS HANDS (Okai Collier)

PASS THE BATON (New London Orchestra)

PUSH FESTIVAL (Young Vic)

AEROPLANE MAN (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

ASK DA MAYOR (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

Cynthia Erivo in I was looking at the ceiling
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Frankenstein
David Moorst in Into The Woods