• WHO IS THIS MATT PERSON ANYWAY?

    "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 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

    Dark Tales in Winter (Online)

    Featuring The Open Door by Charlotte Riddell, adapted by Hannah Torrance & The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens, adapted by Matt Beames

     

    One Act Play for a Solo Performer

    Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (online performance)

    Available on-demand online from 1st December 2021

     

    Dark Tales in Winter is a double-bill of one-act plays, each for a single performer. The 2019 production, including my own adaptation of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens, and The Open Door by Charlotte Riddell, adapted by Hannah Torrance, has been remounted and filmed for online broadcast.

     

    In an abandoned country mansion, a single door guards a dark secret, and will not stay closed, while at the mouth of a dark railway tunnel, a lone signal-man is assailed by ghostly visions…

     

    In Charlotte Riddell’s mysterious tale a young woman attempts to solve the puzzle of the open door and secure a future for the owner of Ladlow Hall and herself, and Dickens’ classic tale tells of a lonely man is driven to the brink of endurance by foretelling visions.

     

    These dark winter tales are set together in an evening of entertainment that will bring a delightful chill to the season.

     

    The production will be available on-demand online from the 1st December 2021. To book tickets, visit the Arena Theatre website.

     

    "These Dark Tales in Winter have been put together for a thrilling evening of entertainment, marked by horror and chilling apparitions - certainly a striking contrast to shows typical of the festive period." - ★★★★ (What's On Live)

    The Elf and the Shoemakers

    by Elle Rooney, Dan Hill & Matt Beames

    One-Act Play including Original Songs

    Family Theatre

    Touring to Older Persons Schemes and Community Spaces throughout Hampshire 13th - 24th December 2021

     

    The Elf and the Shoemakers is a new adaptation of the classic tale from the Brothers Grimm, co-written with Elle Rooney and Dan Hill.


    When Lacey and Stuart inherit their grandparent’s shoe shop, it’s a chance to continue their family business and make a dream come true. However, whilst their ambitions are grand, their luck goes from bad to worse until unexpected help arrives, and from a most surprising source. As the shoe shop goes from strength to strength, will Lacey and Stuart let success go to their heads and lose sight of their dream, or will the magic inside them (and their magical helper) let them hold onto what’s important?

    This classic tale from the Brothers Grimm is brought up to date using performance, video and headphone technology, puppetry and music to create the perfect family treat this Christmas.

     

    The first production is being produced with the support of VIVID Homes and will tour to 12 different Sheltered Housing and Older Persons Schemes throughout Hampshire as well as 10 different public performances across the county.

     

    To find out more about the production and to book tickets, please visit the show website.

     

    To go straight to the TicketSource page and book, please click this link.

    Dark Tales in Winter (2021)

    Featuring The Shadow by E. Nesbit, adapted by Matt Beames & The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Hannah Torrance

     

    One-Act Plays for Solo Performers

    Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (also available online)

    16th - 18th December 2021

     

    Following the successful 2019 production, Dark Tales in Winter is returning with a double-bill of one-act plays, each for a single performer. The 2021 production includes my own adaptation of The Shadow by E. Nesbit, and The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, which has been adapted by Hannah Torrance. The world premiere of these two new adaptations will be staged at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton in December 2021.

     

    In the midst of winter, the Arena Theatre and Beautiful Shadows bring you two chilling, classic tales adapted for the stage by a contemporary playwright and brought to life by talented performers.

     

    These dark tales in winter are set together in an evening of entertainment that will bring a delightful chill to the season.

     

    Tickets are now on sale (both for in-person seats and online streaming) and can be booked via Arena Theatre's website.

  • PREVIOUS WORK

    14/48 Leicester - November 2021

    The Y, Leicester

    5th & 6th November 2021

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Monstrous Hearts (5th November, Theme - 'Under pressure')

    The Eternal Guardians of the Starspire (6th November, Theme - 'Making a difference')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Leicester, the world's quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Leicester, visit www.1448uk.com/Leicester

    The Snow Queen

    The Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park

    21st - 24th December 2020 (live & live-streamed online)

    Two Act Play, including Original Songs

     

    The Snow Queen is a new adaptation of the well-loved tale by Hans Christian Anderson, written for a small ensemble cast and featuring original songs.

     

    Gerda must travel far beyond the land she calls home to rescue her friend and put an end to the Snow Queen’s reign, battling ice warriors, outsmarting enchantresses and befriending robbers and reindeer along the way.

     

    A story of hope sprung from the innocence of love, this magical tale full of adventure, mystery and magic is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family.

     

    The 404 Collective once again transform The Royal Victoria Chapel into a place of stories and wonder, using puppetry, original songs and dynamic staging to bring one of Anderson’s classics to the stage.

     

    The world premiere of The Snow Queen was directed by Daniel Hill and produced by The 404 Collective. The world premiere was performed at the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park in December 2020. This was been made possible in these difficult times thanks to ACE support.

    Dark Tales in Winter: The Signal-Man Online

    One Act Play for a Solo Performer

    Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (online performance)

    18th - 20th December 2020

    On-demand from 21st December 2020 - 4th January 2021

     

    Dark Tales in Winter: The Signal-Man was a remounting of my adaptation of Dickens' ghost story, originally produced in 2019, which was made available online. The production starred Edward Spence and is directed by Neil Reading.

     

    At the mouth of a dark railway tunnel, a lonely signal-man is driven to the brink of endurance by foretelling visions…

     

    In the midst of winter, the Arena Theatre and Beautiful Shadows bring you The Signal-Man - Dickens’ classic tale which has been adapted for the stage by a contemporary playwright, brought to life by a single performer, and recorded for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own homes throughout this winter season.

     

    The Signal-Man was originally produced as part of the Dark Tales in Winter double bill in 2019, paired with The Open Door, adapted by Hannah Torrance.

     

    "These Dark Tales in Winter have been put together for a thrilling evening of entertainment, marked by horror and chilling apparitions - certainly a striking contrast to shows typical of the festive period." - ★★★★ (What's On Live)

     

    Click here to read the full review for the 2019 production at The Arena Wolverhampton.

    14/48WFH (Week 10)

    Livestream Digital Performance
    2nd June 2020
     
    Once Upon A Time
     
    In response to the country wide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at 14/48 UK took the festival online for a weekly version lasting 14 weeks.  2 writers create a 5-minute script, which is rehearsed, scored and performed over the space of a day, with all the artists working from their own homes.  The performances were streamed live through the 14/48 Leicester and Wolverhampton Facebook sites.
     
    Once Upon A Time was my second script for this online version of the festival, and the theme for Week 10 was 'This is only the beginning'.  The performances were streamed live on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 through the 14/48 UK Facebook pages.

    14/48WFH (Week 1)

    Livestream Digital Performance
    1st April 2020 
     
    Looking For Alice
     
    In response to the country wide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at 14/48 UK took the festival online for a weekly version lasting 14 weeks.  2 writers create a 5-minute script, which is rehearsed, scored and performed over the space of a day, with all the artists working from their own homes.  The performances were streamed live through the 14/48 Leicester and Wolverhampton Facebook sites.
     
    Looking for Alice was written as my script for Week 1.  The stream of 14/48WFH Week 1 can be watched here.

    HEIST
    Zoielogic Dance Theatre

    Dance Theatre

    Premiered 31st January 2020

     

    I worked with Zoielogic Dance Theatre on the early development of the story and narrative structure for their latest show, HEIST.  

     

    An unlikely band of brothers embark on a heist to reclaim what’s important to them. Expect the unexpected in this gripping and suspense-filled journey as the men are forced to confront their fears in a fight to survive.

     

    HEIST premiered in January 2020 at NST City in Southampton.  For more information about the show, visit ZoieLogic's website.

     

    14/48 Seattle 2020

    ACT Theater, Seattle

    17th & 18th January 2020

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Wire & Feathers (17th January)

    The Bargain (18th January)

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Seattle, the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.  I was one of seven writers involved.

     

    14/48 was started in Seattle in 1997, and is The World's Quickest Theatre Festival.  14 brand new 10 minute plays are written, directed, staged, rehearsed, scored, costumed and performed in the space of 48 hours.  I have taken part in numerous 14/48 Festivals in the UK (as a Writer, Director or an Actor), and in Seattle.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit the website.  (The UK branch of the festival's website can also be found here.)

    Dark Tales in Winter

    Featuring The Open Door by Charlotte Riddell, adapted by Hannah Torrance & The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens, adapted by Matt Beames

     

    One Act Plays for Solo Performers

    Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

    19th - 21st December 2019

     

    Dark Tales in Winter is a double-bill of one-act plays, each for a single performer. The production includes my own adaptation of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens, and The Open Door by Charlotte Riddell, which has been adapted by Hannah Torrance. The first production was staged at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton in December 2019.

     

    In an abandoned country mansion, a single door guards a dark secret, and will not stay closed, while at the mouth of a dark railway tunnel, a lone signal-man is assailed by ghostly visions…

     

    In Charlotte Riddell’s mysterious tale a young woman attempts to solve the puzzle of the open door and secure a future for the owner of Ladlow Hall and herself, and Dickens’ classic tale tells of a lonely man is driven to the brink of endurance by foretelling visions.

     

    These dark winter tales are set together in an evening of entertainment that will bring a delightful chill to the season.

     

    Click here to read the four star review for the first production at The Arena Wolverhampton.

    Jules Verne's
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    by Matt Beames & Kayleigh Benham

    One Act Play including Original Songs

    Family Theatre

    Initial UK Tour April - September 2019

     

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a new adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel, which I have co-written with Kayleigh Benham, 404 Productions' Young Associate Writer.  Journey is produced by 404 Productions, with generous support by Arts Council England.

     

    An eccentric professor, a faithful nephew and their fearless guide embark upon a fantastic journey of peril and wonder, through the mouth of an Icelandic volcano and down into the unexplored regions deep below our feet...

      

    Encountering mysteries, monsters and even giant mushrooms along the way, these intrepid explorers will need to use all their strength and ingenuity to find their way back home and into the history books!

     

    The fantastic first UK tour took place between April and September 2019.  You can find out more about this production, including a promoter's pack, by heading to the 404 Productions website.

    The Tales of Merlin

    The Point, Eastleigh

    1st - 3rd August 2019

    Two Act Play

     

    The Tales of Merlin is an original script drawing on the tales of King Arthur as well as Celtic legend and folklore to explore the mythic figure of Merlin.

     

    Investigating a dusty museum after dark, a group of friends discover a shining sword shrouded in ancient stone. One touch of the hilt resurrects the sword’s protector, a wizard with intriguing power, or so the legends tell…

    The Tales of Merlin brings one of the most enduring figures of Arthurian legend and Welsh folklore to vibrant life. Merlin weaves words and magic to tell stories that transport the young explorers into the past and the future, to shadowy caves in mystical forests and rocketing beyond the stars.
     

    The Tales of Merlin was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production was performed at The Point, Eastleigh in August of 2019, directed by Lewis Mullins.

     

    I'm also pleased to say that the script has been published by Aurora Metro Books, and copies can be ordered through their website.

    14/48 Wolverhampton 2019

    The Arena, Wolverhampton

    28th & 29th June 2019

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Dust and Lightning (28th June, Theme - 'I heard it on the grapevine')

    Best Laid Plans (29th June, Theme - 'Facing the inevitable')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Wolverhampton, the world's quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Wolverhampton, please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/1448wolves

    SLEUTH
    Zoielogic Dance Theatre

    Interactive Dance Theatre

    2019 Tour

     

    Detective Miller needs your help!

     

    1950's Britain, a world of shifting shadows and rising crime, where good men and bad men can be found on both sides of the law. Step into a world of intrigue and adventure, where you the audience must question everything, and decide which clues are followed to unravel the truth behind the crime.

     

     

    SLEUTH is an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other. You must guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets, seeking out answers. Every choice he faces is yours to make, and whatever you decide will change the way the story is told. It's a show packed with dynamic movement and storytelling, high stakes and shady characters, where you, the audience, are truly in control.

     

    ZoieLogic's SLEUTH was created in Spring 2018, and I developed the branching, multiple choice story structure for the show, wrote the storyline itself and scripted the narrative and dialogue elements. Following its successful Creation Tour in 2018, SLEUTH had another extremely successful 2019 tour.

     

    You can view a promotional trailer for the show here, and photos of the Creation Tour can be found in the gallery below.  For more information on ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, please visit their website.

    Cinderella

    The Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park
    20th - 24th December 2018
    Two Act Play, including Original Songs
    Lyrics by Kayleigh Benham
    Music by David Lewington & Aidan Cooper
     
    Cinderella is an adaptation of the well-loved story, drawing from numerous versions of the original tale to create a new version featuring original songs.

    "No matter how difficult the journey, the right pair of shoes will get you where you need to be"

     

    The King has decreed that there will be a great Midwinter Ball, and you are cordially invited...

     

    As the feast of midwinter approaches, the King wishes to find a suitable partner for Prince Arren, his eldest (and only unmarried) son and heir to the throne.  The date is set for an evening of celebration, across the land excited people prepare.

     

    But in a small shoe shop close to the palace one young woman sits at her workbench, carefully making shoe after shoe after shoe... For poor Cinderella has work to do and cannot go to the ball, however much she might wish to...

     

    The world premiere production of Cinderella was produced by 404 Productions as the first show for their new Young Company, and was staged in the newly renovated Royal Victoria Chapel on the 20th - 24th December 2018.

     

    I'm delighted to say that Aurora Metro Books have published my adaptation of Cinderella, and the script is now available through their catalogue and on their website.  The published script also includes an exclusive short story giving an insight into Cinderella's past.

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
    by Matt Beames & Hannah Torrance

    The Point, Eastleigh

    6th & 9th December 2018

    One Act Play, suitable for younger performers

     

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a new adaptation of E T A Hoffman's original story, co-written with Hannah Torrance.

     

    It is Christmas Eve in the Lindenwood household, and Maria Lindenwood is about to set off on an adventure.

     

    The gift of a curious Nutcracker begins her spectacular journey to a world of mouse kings and clockwork castles. In a land full of strange tales, intriguing puzzles and epic battles, Maria must learn to trust her heart, and her head, to discover what is right.

     

    The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production ran from the 6th - 9th December 2018 at The Point in Eastleigh.

     

    This one act version of the script is suitable for younger performers, but we are also developing a full-length version more suited to an older cast and audience.

    Kukunor/Kalahari
    by Eero Enqvist

    Translated by Anna Eloaho
    UK Script Consultant – Matt Beames
    UK Tour September - October 2018
     
    I was the UK Script Consultant for the UK premiere of Kukunor/Kalahari, part of a multi-national project supported by Creative Europe.
     

    Kukunor/Kalahari is set on the border of two countries at war and deals with a person’s physical, spiritual, real and imaginary limitations – is it possible to make contact with another person despite restrictions? 

     

    The characters in the play have been guards on opposite sides of the border for six years and they have learned to communicate with each other despite the fact that they have two different languages and two different cultures. 

     

    The production was presented with spoken language and sign language used on an equal footing - the same role was portrayed by a hearing actor and a sign language actor.

     

    The UK premiere of Kukunor/Kalahari toured to multiple venues across the UK in Autumn 2018.

    Future Imperfect - KDC Theatre
    (including 'Moving Day' by Matt Beames)

    Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London
    19th - 23rd June 2018
    Short Play
     
    My short play Moving Day was one of 13 selected short plays to be presented in KDC Theatre's 2018 Summer production, 'Future Imperfect'.
     
    Ash has lived with Sam for almost five years, but Ash is moving out.  So Ash and Sam reflect on their time together and prepare to say goodbye...
     
    'Future Imperfect' ran from the 19th to the 23rd June 2018 at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in London.

    14/48 Wolverhampton 2018

    The Arena, Wolverhampton

    15th & 16th June 2018

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Never Let Go (15th June, Theme - 'Through the Looking Glass')

    Into the Clouds (16th June, Theme - 'Necessary Endings')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Wolverhampton, the world's quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Wolverhampton, please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/1448wolves

    SLEUTH
    ZoieLogic Dance Theatre

    Dance Theatre

    Creation Tour April - May 2018

     

    ZoieLogic Dance Theatre's latest show, SLEUTH, is an interactive dance theatre production where the audience takes an active part in choosing how the story unfolds.  I wrote the narrative story of the show, which had numerous choice points which impacted the story, and scripted the voiceover and dialogue elements.

     

    Detective Miller needs your help!

     

    1950's Britain, a world of shifting shadows and rising crime, where good men and bad men can be found on both sides of the law.  Step into a world of intrigue and adventure, where you the audience must question everything, and decide which clues are followed to unravel the truth behind the crime.

     

    SLEUTH is an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other.  You must guide a tough, hard-boiled detective through the shady streets, seeking out answers.  Every choice he faces is yours to make, and whatever you decide will change the way the story is told.  It's a show packed with dynamic movement and storytelling, high stakes and shady characters, where you, the audience, are truly in control.

     

    Sleuth completed it's creation tour in May 2018, and will be embarking on a full tour in Spring 2019.  You can view the trailer for the show here, and promotional photos can be found in the galley below.  For more information about SLEUTH and ZoieLogic's other projects, take a look at their website.

    Sleeping Beauty

    19th - 24th December 2017
    Full Length Play, including Original Songs
    Lyrics by Daniel Hill & Music by David Lewington
     
    Sleeping Beauty is a new adaptation of the well-known story, drawing on the original tales by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm and exploring the story in a new way.  It is a tale of trolls and fairies, of dragons and kings; the story of a sleeping prince and a friend who will go to the ends of the earth to rescue him.
     
    The world spins and the cycle of seasons turns as the Guardians of the Year gather to tell each other stories.  As a new Winter begins it is time to tell another tale...
     
    A kingdom is in peril, its people driven to flee their homes as a dark forest covers the land.  The King and Queen are missing, and Prince Roland, only heir to the kingdom, lies sleeping, cursed never to awaken...
     
    All seems lost, and it falls to one young woman with a strong heart, aided by strange companions, to find her way to the castle at the heart of the enchanted forest.  Once there, it will take a genuine act of love to break the curse and free the kingdom.
     
    The script was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production took place at The Point in Eastleigh in December 2017, directed by Daniel Hill.

     

    I'm delighted to say that Aurora Metro Books have published my adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and the script is now available through their catalogue and on their website.

    I have also written a short story prelude to this adaptation, titled Felagar, which has been printed as a short book illustrated by Jo Reynolds.  For more details on how to get hold of a copy, please get in touch via the 'Contact' section below.

    The Gingerbread Man

    The Point, Eastleigh
    30th November 2017 - 2nd December 2017
    One Act Play
     
    The Gingerbread Man is a new adaptation of the classic fairy tale; a madcap, explosive adventure that will appeal to audiences of all ages.  The script was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production was performed at The Point in Eastleigh in November/December 2017, directed by Lewis Mullins.
     
    I am also developing a longer version of this script, for performance by an older/adult cast.

    14/48 For Laughs Wolverhampton 2017

    The Arena, Wolverhampton

    28th October 2017

    10 Minute Play

     

    Job Satisfaction (Theme - To get to the other side)

     

    I was invited to take part as a Writer for 14/48 For Laughs Wolverhampton, part of Wolverhampton's Comedy Festival Funny Things.
     
    14/48 For Laughs sees 4 Veteran 14/48 Writers paired with 4 comedians to create an evening of 4 original short plays and 4 original stand up comedy sets.  The event was held at The Arena Theatre, and was hosted by Barbara Nice.

    HIDE

    theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh
    4th - 25th August 2017
    One Act Play
     
    HIDE is a new one act play taking inspiration from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by R L Stevenson, and developed with Boiling Point, a unique theatre company made up of senior members of The Point Youth Theatre.
     
    London, 1884. It is long years since the disappearance of Dr Jekyll, but the machinations of the government ensure that his work continues. Thanks to the Jekyll serum, each citizen of London has become a cog in a well-made machine. But stories echo in the shadows and steam, those who speak against this new order disappear, and strange mechanical servants have been seen in the homes of the rich and powerful. In this steam-powered world of clockwork and conformity, six extraordinary women will try to seek out the truth and take hold of their own destinies...
     
    HIDE was developed through workshops and discussion with the young company, and was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.

    14/48 Leicester - May 2017

    The Y, Leicester

    5th & 6th May 2017

    10 Minute Plays

     

    The Elixir of Life (5th May, Theme - 'A Righteous Quest')

    Simulation (6th May, Theme - 'In The Mood')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Leicester, the world's quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Leicester, visit www.1448uk.com/Leicester

    Ellie's Extraordinary Adventure

    One Act Play
    Children's Theatre
    Library Tour 10th - 20th April 2017
     
    Ellie's Extraordinary Adventure follows Ellie as she goes on an epic quest through a thousand stories to rescue her brother and get home in time for tea!
     
    Ellie's brother Ollie is always reading but when he doesn't come downstairs for tea one day, she discovers he has literally fallen inside a book and become lost!  Accidentally following, Ellie begins an epic quest through a myriad of stories to find her brother and the book they need to get them home.

     

    Along the way Ellie meets other characters (including Nokey-Poke the Snufflesnark and The Great Librarian), some of whom are quite human and others who are very much not.  At last Ellie finds her way to the Great Library, the place where all books, all stories and all worlds meet.  Here she finally finds Ollie, but can she find the book that will take them both home?

     
    This is a one act children's theatre piece for a single performer, featuring puppetry and original songs.  Ellie's Extraordinary Adventure was commissioned by The Berry Theatre as part of its Storytelling Festival, and the premiere production toured to ten libraries throughout Southampton and Eastleigh in April 2017.

    This Is For You
    by Mark Wheeller & Matt Beames

    One Act Play
    14th, 15th & 18th March 2017
     
    A play inspired by and set to the background of the music of Mick Ronson (David Bowie's guitarist from the Spiders from Mars). This Is For You is a play for anyone who has ever felt that music, whether one song or a hundred, becomes the soundtrack to our lives, an emotive story about being in and out of love, the secrets we keep and the truths we tell.

    It is also a story is about giving… literal gifts and more intangible things… a chance to uncover more of the past... to make up for lost time and to mourn a love that was never quite lost. 
     
    This is my first collaboration with Southampton playwright Mark Wheeller, and the world premiere of This Is For You was performed by the Oasis Youth Theatre in March 2017 as part of a double bill with Mark's other new play, Can You Hear Me Major Tom?
     
    A review of this first production can be read here.
     
    To find out more about Mark Wheeller and his work, take a look at his website.

    The 12 Days of Christmas

    The Point, Eastleigh
    1st - 3rd December 2016
    One Act Play (3 Original Songs)
     
    The 12 Days of Christmas follows a mischievous group of street urchins who are looking for shelter on Christmas Eve.  In an abandoned house they discover a pile of presents, each one addressed to one of the group...  But with hours to wait until Christmas Day, how will they resist temptation? Singing songs and telling tales of Lords leaping, golden rings and turtle doves, the rascals pass the time unravelling the stories behind the traditional Christmas song 'The 12 Days of Christmas'.
     

    The 12 Days of Christmas was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production was performed at The Point, Eastleigh in December 2016, directed by Lewis Mullins.

    Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales

    Adapted for the stage by Matt Beames

    Stage Adaptation for an Ensemble Cast, including original songs

    Lyrics written by Matt Beames & music composed by Peter Theobald

    St. John's House, Winchester

    1st - 3rd December 2016

     

    A new adaptation of Dylan Thomas' A Child’s Christmas in Wales, featuring original songs.  An ensemble cast play and explore in a place of memories, discovering and remembering the way Christmas used to be…

     

    This adaptation was commissioned by the award-winning West Meon Theatre, who also produced my adaptation of The Signal-Man in May 2015.  A Child’s Christmas in Wales was performed as a supper theatre event at St John's House, Winchester on the 1st - 3rd December 2016, directed by Mary Dawson.

    ACT Collection 2016
    (including 'Consequences' by Matt Beames)

    The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

    Short Play

    29th November 2016

     

    Alex wakes and finds himself in an unfamiliar, bare room.  A stranger, Martin, greets him warmly.  Alex does not remember how he came to the room, but he very quickly discovers that, whatever assumptions he might make, the truth is much, much worse...

     

    Consequences is a short horror play which was featured as a rehearsed reading at a Arena Collaborative Theatremakers (ACT) night at The Arena in October 2016, and was subsequently selected to be included in the ACT Collection at The Arena on the 29th November 2016.  Following the extremely positive feedback received at ACT, I am in the process of developing it further.

    14/48: Catharsis

    12th Avenue Arts, Seattle
    14th November 2016

    2 Minute Play

     

    Seeking Forgetfulness

     

    This was a 2-minute play written for an impromptu 14/48 festival in Seattle called 14/48 Catharsis.  On Friday the 11th November the 14/48 community was invited to submit 2 minute plays on the theme of Catharsis.  45 scripts were submitted, including my own script, 'Seeking Forgetfulness'.  All 45 were performed as script in hand, 'physicalized readings' on the night of the 14th November 2016.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit the website.  (The UK branch of the festival's website can also be found here.)

    Alice's Adventures

    IBM, Hursley Park
    26th - 31st July 2016
    Full Length Play with Songs
    Outdoor, Promenade
     
    Alice's Adventures is a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic stories Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  The script follows Alice on a journey through a fantastic world populated with a host of eccentric characters, and includes original songs with music composed by David Lewington.
     
    Alice's Adventures was commissioned by The Point Youth Theatre, and the world premiere production was an outdoor, promenade performance in the grounds of IBM's beautiful Hursley Park, directed by Daniel Hill and James Henderson.
     
    The script is available in both the promenade version and an indoor, theatre based version.

    The Fate of The Green

    Inspired by The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov
     
    Bantock House, Wolverhampton
    16th July 2016
    One-Act Play
    Outdoor Performance
     
    The Fate of The Green is a new play inspired by Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard as well as contemporary issues surrounding the use (and potential loss) of green spaces in the community. 
     
    The Greenacre Community Centre, commonly known as simply ‘The Green’, was once a thriving, popular place that offered fun days, courses and many activities to the local community.  But ‘The Green’ was closed down five years ago, and has been abandoned ever since; the buildings are in a bad state of disrepair, and the site fenced off and patrolled by security.  It has fallen to Wulfrun Council to decide the final fate of The Green; should it be revitalised?  Should it be turned into a nature reserve?  Or should be site be sold to developers for more housing?

     

    Into the heart of the debate comes Harry Davis, a local journalist who is writing a story about The Green and its possible future.  Through both planned interviews and chance encounters, Harry crosses paths with a wide range of characters from the local community, all of whom have an idea of what The Green was, is and could be…  As both the public debate and his story deadline draw close, Harry must sort through the myriad viewpoints and opinions to find the way forward that is best for all…

     

    The Fate of The Green was produced by the theatre company Beautiful Shadows (of which I am the co-founder), and the world premiere production was an outdoor performance at Bantock House in Wolverhampton in July 2016.

    14/48 Wolverhampton 2016

    The Arena, Wolverhampton

    10th & 11th June 2016

    10 Minute Plays

     

    They Fell Behind (10th June, Theme - 'To Have Or Have Not')

    One Eye on the Sky (11th June, Theme - 'Can't See the Wood for the Trees')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Wolverhampton, the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.  I was one of seven writers involved.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Wolverhampton, please visit their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/1448wolves

    Stone

    Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
    One Act Play
    16th April 2016, 5pm
     
    'Stone' is a look at a world not so different from ours, where humankind's reliance on everyday technology is finally having real impacts on life as we know it...
     
    Stone began life as a ten minute play, and is in it's latest draft a one-act play.  I am continuing to develop the piece through the theatre company Beautiful Shadows, of which I am the co-founder.  The latest draft of Stone was performed as part of the DEparture Lounge Check-In Festival at The Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on 16th April 2016.
     

    The Legends of Sir Bevis

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, Southampton
    10th March 2016
     

    “My Lords and Ladies, listen to my tale!” - An adventure featuring a terrible dragon, monstrous creatures, a fearsome giant, a noble knight and the bold and brave princess who wins his heart.

     

    Using film, live theatre and music, The Legends of Sir Bevis tells the story of Southampton’s local legend Bevis of Hampton who, after the murder of his father by his own mother, is sold into slavery. Despite his misfortunes, Bevis overcomes these challenges to find true love and friendship and eventually return home to reclaim his birthright.

     

    The Legends of Sir Bevis was a schools project delivered by the Drama Education Department of the The Point & The Berry Theatre.  I was tasked with creating a new version of the story of Bevis of Hampton, comprised of four exciting adventures.  Young people and teachers from local primary schools worked with the Drama Education Department to bring the story of Sir Bevis to life on stage.  The project culminated in a full performance of the entire story on stage at The Berry Theatre in March 2016.

     

    For more information about the project, please go to the Road to Agincourt website.  A video of me talking about my work on the project can also be found here.

    14/48 For Laughs

    The Y, Leicester
    17th February 2016
    10 Minute Play
    Co-written with Dan Nicholas
     
    The Perfect Spot (Theme - Revolution)
     
    I was invited to take part as a Writer for 14/48 For Laughs, a new event hosted by 14/48 UK, which formed part of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival.
     
    4 Veteran 14/48 Writers were randomly paired with 4 comedians, and over the course of a day each pair wrote a ten minute play on a the randomly selected theme of 'Revolution'.  The script was submitted on the following morning and, in true 14/48 style, all four plays were learnt, staged, scored, rehearsed and performed in front of an audience that evening.
      
    For more information about 14/48, please visit the website

    14/48 Seattle

    ACT Theater, Seattle

    15th & 16th January 2016

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Reunion (15th January, Theme - 'Unfinished Business')

    Clouds (16th January, Theme - 'Silent But Deadly')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Seattle, the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.  I was one of seven writers involved.

     

    14/48 was started in Seattle in 1997, and is The World's Quickest Theatre Festival.  14 brand new 10 minute plays are written, directed, staged, rehearsed, scored, costumed and performed in the space of 48 hours.  I have taken part in four 14/48 Festivals in the UK (3 as a Writer, 1 as an Actor), and have loved every moment of each of them.  I was delighted to be invited to participate as a Writer for 14/48 Seattle in January 2016.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit the website.  (The UK branch of the festival's website can also be found here.)

    Beauty and the Beast
    Adapted for the stage by Matt Beames and Daniel Hill

    Lyrics by Daniel Hill and Matt Beames, music composed by David Lewington

    The Point, Eastleigh

    18th – 24th December 2015

    Full Length Musical

     

    Beauty and the Beast is a new adaptation of the French fairy-tale, co-written with Daniel Hill.  The script includes 8 original songs, and the music is composed by David Lewington.  The first production of Beauty and the Beast was performed by The Point Youth Theatre in December 2015, and was directed by Daniel Hill.

     

    “Can a moment of the purest love change the course of history?

     

    Enter a kingdom full of sorcery and magic, where under the grip of war, rage and torment flourish.  Young Prince Luc must find a way to bring peace to his land, but not without sacrifice.

     

    In the darkest of times all seems lost, but can magic provide the glimmer of hope that allows beauty to outshine evil?"

     

     

    ACT Collection
    (including 'Stone' by Matt Beames)

    The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

    One Act Play

    8th December 2015

     

    'Stone' is a look at a world not so different from ours, where humankind's reliance on everyday technology is finally having real impacts on life as we know it...

     

    Arena Collaborative Theatremakers (ACT) is a development project which takes place at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton.  The second draft of 'Stone' was featured at ACT in March of 2015, and I developed the script further following the positive response and feedback received.  The latest draft was included as part of the ACT Collection at The Arena, along with 4 other pieces that have been shared through ACT.

     

    I am continuing to develop Stone following the very positive response it has received at each reading/performance.  Some photos of the performance at ACT Collection can be found in the Gallery.

     

    Salisbury Fringe - Short Cuts
    (including 'Simple Beginnings' by Matt Beames)

    The Cloisters pub & restaurant, Salisbury

    3rd October 2015

    10 Minute Play

     

    It is a beautiful, moonlit night, and Jakob and Kara are on a quiet stretch of beach. Jakob is a regular visitor to the spot, and has invited Kara tonight, wanting to share the place with her. They talk together, skirting around their attraction to each other, of the ever-changing shoreline, and the ability of the sea to change things...

     

    'Simple Beginnings' was one of 6 short plays selected for performance as part of 'Short Cuts', a new writing event which was part of the Salisbury Fringe festival, which ran from the 2nd to the 10th October 2015.

    14/48 London

    The LOST Theatre, Wandsworth, South London

    7th & 8th August 2015

    10 Minute Plays

      

    The Walk (7th August, Theme - 'Into the Deep')

    The White Sentinel (8th August, Theme - 'Invaders')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 London, the first London version of the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.  I was one of seven writers involved.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

    In Short...
    (including 'Living with Ghosts' by Matt Beames)

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, Southampton

    20th June 2015

    10 Minute Play

     

    Chris is single and in his late twenties, and shares a flat with Rupert. Rupert, also in his late twenties, actually died in 1615.  Chris returns home, despondent after a very successful date. Concerned for his friend, Rupert does his best to comfort him, hoping to help Chris realise perhaps that the ghost that is really haunting him is not the one who lives in his flat...

     

    'Living with Ghosts' was one of 5 ten minute plays selected for performance as part of 'In Short...', a new writing event held at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End on the 20th June 2015.  'Living with Ghosts' was directed by Daniel Hill.

    14/48 Wolverhampton 2015

    The Arena, Wolverhampton

    12th & 13th June 2015

    10 Minute Plays

     

    At The Gate (12th June, Theme - 'Out of the Darkness')

    The Good Old Days (13th June, Theme - 'Safe Haven')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Wolverhampton, the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.  I was one of seven writers involved.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Wolverhampton, please visit their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/1448wolves

    Charles Dickens' The Signal-Man
    Adapted for the stage by Matt Beames

    One Act Play, One-Man Show

    The Point, Eastliegh

    21st - 23rd May 2015

     

    The Signal-Man is one of Dickens' best ghost stories, and has often been held up as a classic of the genre.  This new adaptation is approximately an hour, and is intended for one performer in an intimate space.

     

    The first production of this adaptation was performed at The Point, Eastleigh in the Studio Theatre.  It was directed by Mary Dawson and was produced by the award winning West Meon Theatre - www.westmeontheatre.co.uk

     

    "...it was impossible to tell that the narrative hadn't always been meant for the stage." - Southern Daily Echo (The full review can be read here)

     

    14/48 Leicester - May 2015

    The Y, Leicester

    8th & 9th May 2015

    10 Minute Plays

     

    Honest Devotion (8th May, Theme - 'Double Bluff')

    Bursts of Light (9th May, Theme - 'Fireworks')

     

    These two 10-minute plays were written as part of 14/48 Leicester, the world’s quickest theatre festival. Both plays were written overnight, on a theme randomly selected as part of the festival. The scripts were completed by 8am on the day of performance, and then cast and rehearsed through the day for two performances in the evening.

     

    For more information about 14/48, the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, visit www.1448uk.com

     

    For more information specifically about 14/48 Leicester, visit www.1448uk.com/Leicester

    Stone

    The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

    Rehearsed Reading

    5th March 2015

     

    'Stone' is a look at a world not so different from ours, where humankind's reliance on everyday technology is finally having real impacts on life as we know it...

     

    'Stone' is an ongoing project, and following the positive response received at the 'In Short...' event in June 2014, I have been developing and expanding the script.  An updated version, now 20-25 minutes in length, was performed in a rehearsed reading at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton in March as part of the regular Arena Collaborative Theatremakers event.

     

    For more information about the event, have a look at the Facebook Group:  www.facebook.com/arenacollaborative

    In Short... (Including 'Stone' by Matt Beames)

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End, Southampton

    21st June 2014

     

    'Stone' is a look at a world not so different from ours, where humankind's reliance on everyday technology is finally having real impacts on life as we know it...

     

    'Stone' was one of 5 ten minute plays selected for performance as part of 'In Short...', a new writing event which took place at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End.  'Stone' was directed by Mary Swan of Proteus Theatre.

    Tangible Things

    A Two Act Play

    Performed at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

    6th & 7th June 2014

     

    Sam has a house, a fiancée and job security; everything he should want. But Sam has never changed a car tyre, or fitted a plug socket, or painted a room. Looking at a modern life where all he produces is electronic he comes to see that he is not content.

     

    Increasingly conscious of the things he has never done, does not even know if he can do, Sam decides he has to make something. The project consumes him, and finally he must decide what he is really trying to prove, and who he is trying to prove it to...

     

    Tangible Things is a new play by Matt Beames, directed by Neil Reading, and explores a man's desire for a physical achievement in an increasingly electronic age.

     

    This play was produced by the Arena Theatre as part of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Wolverhampton

    Into the Calm Sea

    A One Act Play
    Performed at The Point, Eastliegh
    15th & 16th November 2013
     
    The things we learn from others shape us. And sometimes, they threaten to tear us apart…
     
    One spring morning an extreme decision drives David down to the sea, only to find another man there before him. As he watches, the other man walks into the water...
     
    Into the Calm Sea considers how our lives are shaped by the events and people around us, and those we know, and those we love, and those we lose…
     
    Professional production commissioned by The Point Theatre. Script was developed following the Page to Stage event in June 2013.

    Older Work

    Hubbub in the Library – 6th July 2013

    Poetry and Prose readings performed in Hedge End Library, Hampshire

    Work included – Poem ‘The Book’

     

    Page to Stage: Into the Calm Sea – 26th June 2013

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

    Rehearsed reading of 10 minutes of script, following a 2 day workshop with mentoring writer, and director and actors.

     

    Txtlit.co.uk Micro Story Competition – May 2013

    Winning entry (entry and judges critique published on website)

     

    Txtlit.co.uk Micro Story Competition – February 2013

    Shortlisted (entry published on website)

     

    Txtlit.co.uk Micro Story Competition – January 2013

    Shortlisted (entry published on website)

     

    Page to Stage: The Painting – 20th November 2012

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

    Rehearsed reading of 10 minutes of script, following a 2 day workshop with mentoring writer, and director and actors.

     

    Hubbub – 9th July 2012

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

    Script in hand performances of new work by the Writers Hub members

    Work included – Extracts from work in progress Pictures of Industry

     

    Page to Stage: Into the Calm Sea – July 2012

    The Berry Theatre, Hedge End

    Rehearsed reading of 10 minutes of script, following a 2 day workshop with mentoring writer, and director and actors.

     

    Scribble - 2005

    Violet Microwave Theatre, St Mary’s College

    Rehearsed reading

     

    Four Walls – 2003

    Violet Microwave Theatre, University of Hull, Scarborough Campus Theatre

    Student production

  • BEAUTIFUL SHADOWS

    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.

  • OTHER PROJECTS

    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.

    Writing & Ramblings Blog

    I have a wordpress blog (Matt Beames - Writings & Ramblings...) where I post some of my poetry, short stories and possibly other writing as well.  If you'd like to have a read, the blog is at:
     
     
    I hope you like them, and if you want to give any feedback (which is always appreciated!), you can comment on the blog, or contact me using the email link or the form below.

    Blood & Valour:
    Legends of the Knight Sir Bevis

    Blood & Valour is a comic book adaptation of the story of Sir Bevis of Hampton, the city of Southampton’s legendary hero.
     
    The comic is written by myself, with panels by Marcus Pullen and covers and splash pages by Guy Stauber.  The project was supported by Eastleigh Borough Council, and Volume #1 was printed in 2017.
     
    For more information about the comic, please get in touch using the contact section below.

    ZoieLogic Dance Theatre

    I have been working with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre as a writer and story/narrative consultant, assisting with the development of the narrative and structure of a number of their projects, including the touring production RIDE, the interactive dance detective show Sleuth, and acting as a story consultant for their recent shows.
     
    ZoieLogic Dance Theatre creates work submerged in theatricality, innovative set design and crafted with a cinematic approach for theatres and unconventional spaces. For more details about ZoieLogic Dance Theatre's work, please take a look at their website.
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