"Hello, I'm Matt Beames and I write things."
I am a freelance writer based in the Southampton, Hampshire area. I am a co-founder of the theatre company Beautiful Shadows, Associate Writer of 404 Productions and a member of the 404 Collective.
I have been writing plays (and various other things) for well over ten years now, initially alongside day jobs which have ranged from unloading lorries to working in a theatre to working in an office. Regardless of the job, writing has always been a key focus, joy and escape for me.
My work has been performed in various productions in the South of England and in the Midlands (and even as far off as Seattle, USA), ranging from short plays or extracts to full length productions. Whilst my main focus is writing for the theatre, I also write poetry and fiction. This site will give details of my current and previous theatre projects, as well of some of the other things I am working on.
I am currently accepting commissions, and have a good range of experience in creating original work as well as adapting existing works for performance. I also offer proof reading, copy editing and script feedback services. If you wish to get in touch with me about commissions or other services, or you wish to enquire about performance rights to any of my scripts, you can do so using the form in the 'Contact' section of this website.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES / EVENTS
Beautiful Shadows is a new theatre company made up of myself, director Neil Reading and writer and director Hannah Toarrance. The company was co-founded by myself and Neil in 2016. Our aim is to create new work with thought-provoking themes, often incorporating fantastical and occasionally dark elements.
If you would like to find out more about the company and our current projects, please click the image below to visit the Beautiful Shadows website.
Although my main focus at the moment is playwriting, there are a number of other projects I am working on, including a full-length fantasy novel (which may end up being the first of at least two).
Below you can find more information about some of these other projects.