Mr2020

Matthew ROBERTS

writer

Location icon United Kingdom

Matthew is passionate about the transformative power of the arts. His work with the Shakespeare Schools Festival, Digital Theatre +, The South Bank Show and Sky Arts illuminate just some of his contribution to the arts on a local, national and international level.

Portfolio

Up and coming events - CANCELLED/POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

@ProBreadBetter Productions
04/30/2020
LONDON PREVIEW: THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2020 - 7PM

How does a hero hide their horror? A Father, A Son, A Sister-in-Law. A family pulled down like never before! "Let us pray for peace and end this war!" PULLDOWN is a phantasmagorical journey: to heal trauma in the face of tragedy.

Future Projects

Media - articles | interviews

Tes
08/23/2019
Never mind the stress - keep on teaching, says public

The audience almost always votes for him to stay in teaching. That's despite having seen the his one-man play in which he plays a teacher who is threatened with a knife, feeds hungry kids and is exposed to racist, sexist, islamophobic and xenophobic behaviour - not to mention the ignorance of other staff - all played out against a background of funding cuts and rising teacher stress.

The Scotsman
08/06/2019
Theatre Review: Teach, theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

Matthew Roberts was acclaimed at the Fringe last year for his one-man play Canoe, about a gay couple whose two children died in a canoing accident. His show this year is much more personal - a love letter, polemic, eulogy for his profession: teaching.

Tes
07/24/2019
To teach, or not to teach, that is the question

Play! Performance! The profound sense of awe and wonder provided by the transformative power of the arts had me hooked from an early age. Being a kid in the North West of England, in an area that is deemed as socially deprived, these experiences were oxygen to my imagination. I'm 3.

PULLDOWN 2020

TEACH Reviews

Loose Lips
08/23/2019
Edinburgh Fringe: Teach by Matthew Roberts - Loose Lips

Teach Written & Performed by Matthew Roberts Directed by Helen Tennison The Space @ Surgeons' Hall Aug 8-10, 12-24 16:05 (50 mins) by Bernie C Byrnes Teacher Matthew Roberts mixes autobiography and statistics to create a powerful one-man show that has any teachers in the audience bawling their eyes out - including me.

British Theatre
08/08/2019
REVIEW: Teach, The Space, Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭✭

The bar has been set high for my Fringe experience this year in the first show I attended. Writer and director Matthew Roberts has created a piece forged from the heart, the mind and his experience of teaching. We all know the profession is underfunded, under attack, and here is the front line.

SG Fringe
08/06/2019
SG Fringe: The Space, Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭✭

THEATRE TEACH [email protected]’s Hall V53 August 2 to 24 (not 11) 16.05 (Five stars) This is a blazing comet of a show, illuminating the troubled sky of education in our land. Matthew Roberts, writer and performer here, gives a most intense and soul-baring experience to all present. He is passionate about his calling, about the need to give all that he can to his students, about the transformative power of the arts, and about the necessity of doing more than just surviving...

Broadwaybaby
08/11/2019
Teach: 4 star review by Richard Beck

Matthew Roberts' solo show, Teach, at theSpace, Surgeons Hall is performance brimming with conviction and energy. He trained as both an actor and a teacher. Here his experiences at the chalk face are combined with his skills as an actor in an explosive critique of the current state of education and government policies over the years combined with insights concerning everyday life in the classroom.

Scotsman
08/06/2019
Theatre Review: Teach, theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

Matthew Roberts was acclaimed at the Fringe last year for his one-man play Canoe, about a gay couple whose two children died in a canoing accident. His show this year is much more personal - a love letter, polemic, eulogy for his profession: teaching.

THE PEG
08/04/2019
★★★★To Teach or Not to Teach?

Anna Hadley reviews Teach at Edinburgh Fringe. This is my third year at Edinburgh Fringe, reviewing for the Peg. It's been a wild ride, from drag cabaret to performance art about urinary incontinence, but I have never seen such an energetic performance as Matthew Robert's one-man show Teach.

FringeReview
08/04/2019
TEACH

"The lesson that changed his life. A school in struggle and strife. A government that uses a knife." Vibrant solo show with astute new writing delves into one man's dilemma about a career he loves, what it becomes and how his life is affected by it.

TEACH 2019

Theatre, Films and Art reviews
08/16/2019
Teach by

The powerful semi-autobiographical production by Matthew Robert's at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Teach is a "warts and all" fast-moving play about his experiences inside and outside the classroom. Smattered with shocking statistics and an insight into how unsupported teachers are by parents, the wider community and the least of all the government.

British Theatre
06/22/2019
INTERVIEW: Matthew Roberts of Bread and Butter Productions

After scoring a huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year with his play CANOE, (which then transferred to The Kings Head Theatre in London), Paul T. Davies talks to theatre maker Matthew Roberts about his new Fringe show TEACH, the power of drama and the lessons that change lives.

Unrestrictedtheatre
08/06/2019
Matthew Roberts - unrestricted theatre

IN BRIEF Passion plus experience equals a lesson to remember. A burly, smiling man welcomes you into the auditorium. This warm and engaging host is Matthew Roberts, the writer and performer of TEACH, a 50-minute reality check of the embattled world of UK education, infused with research, poetry and inspiration.

CANOE Reviews

SG Fringe
08/23/2018
SG Fringe

One man walks on to the stage in shorts, carrying a small rucksack containing books. This man (writer and performer Matthew Roberts) proceeds to create whole worlds of past and present on stage before us. He begins as Tom, an ex-military guy who has been the partner of David, a ground-breaking children’s author, for twenty years. It is the eve of a funeral, and relations between the two are not at their best.

Boyz
10/24/2018
Canoe at the King's Head Theatre: Review by Stephen Vowles

Canoe is a stunning one-man show written and performed by Matthew Roberts that tells a tragic story of a canoeing accident resulting in the death of two children, Samantha and Kevin. Roberts is passionate and very convincing as he tells the story of this terrible tragedy.

The Wee Review | Scotland's arts and culture magazine
08/27/2018
Canoe | Review | The Wee Review | Scotland's arts and culture magazine

Note: This review is from the 2018 Fringe This one-man show concerns the fracturing relationship between successful children's author David and his American partner Tom as they try to deal with the private and public fallout resulting from the deaths of two of their children in a canoe accident.

The List
08/24/2018
Canoe

Matthew Roberts, writer and performer, does not lack ambition: in an hour of storytelling, he references classics of children's literature, explores the grief of a parent for lost children, homophobia and the resilience of love. Asking how the death of a child can undermine both the fathers' sense...

The Stage
08/21/2018
Canoe review at the Space, Edinburgh - 'complex one-man show about grieving'

There is a complexity to Matthew Roberts' one-man show, Canoe, which goes much deeper than the issue of grieving that lies at its heart. Roberts' rhyming narrative concerns successful children's author David and his American partner Tom, whose two children have drowned in a canoeing accident on summer camp and the funeral is the next day.

Fringeguru
08/16/2018
Canoe

In *Canoe*, a couple are faced with that most awful of tragedies: the death of their children in an accident. But David and Tom have to face it publicly. David is a successful author of books for children - and many people dislike that this same-sex couple *have* children, or that they were born through surrogacy.

Broadwaybaby
08/08/2018
Canoe: 4 star review by Sarah Virgo

"Who are we, now that we don't have kids?" Matthew Roberts performs as three key characters in this touching one-man performance: as two fathers, David and Tom, that lose their 9 and 11 year old children in a tragic accident; and as their adopted son, Andrew.

FringeReview
08/14/2018
Canoe

Fatherhood. A fatal canoe accident. 'Who are we now, we don't have kids? A couple come face-to-face with the powerlessness of parenthood. For Director/Dramaturg Struan Leslie, diversity is the name of the game. From creating the Street Party for Edinburgh Hogmanay '18 now he directs a one-man show.

Thelivereview
10/24/2018
Canoe

Canoe tells the story of two parents, Tom and David, who have lost two of their adopted children, Kevin and Samantha, in a tragic canoeing accident. A one man show, written and performed by Matthew Roberts, the show centres around the way both parents process and struggle to deal with their grief, whilst taking on the weight of social media backlash and religious homophobia through spoken word, rhymes and story books.

CANOE 2018

British Theatre
06/22/2019
INTERVIEW: Matthew Roberts of Bread and Butter Productions

After scoring a huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year with his play CANOE, (which then transferred to The Kings Head Theatre in London), Paul T. Davies talks to theatre maker Matthew Roberts about his new Fringe show TEACH, the power of drama and the lessons that change lives.

TURKEY TINSEL 2016

Hbcnewsroom
12/29/2016
Tinsel and turkey - A Runcorn Christmas at The Brindley

Runcorn born playwright Matthew Roberts, the man behind 'Sunny Runny Runcorn' is bringing his Christmas play 'Turkey Tinsel' to the Brindley Theatre on Thursday 29 December. Think of The Exotic Marigold Hotel but in Runcorn at Christmas time! Turkey Tinsel, tells the tales of those residents whose past must not be forgotten, but treasured as gifts - not just for Christmas!

Thebrindley
12/01/2016
Information about Show: TURKEY TINSEL: Brindley Ticketing

TURKEY TINSEL tells the tales of those whose past must not be forgotten, but treasured a gifts - not just for Christmas! TURKEY TINSEL invites you to join Gladis, Flora, Norris, Annie, Winnie and Wilfred, Diana and Danny; Keith, Chloe, Catherine and Flo; Sidney, Shirley - and the rest of the crowd you will warmly get to know.

SUNNY RUNNY RUNCORN 2015

SG Fringe
08/15/2015
Sunny Runny Runcorn

The Space @ Surgeons' Hall (Venue 53) 7th to 15th Aug (except 9th) 21.20 ***** Reading the background for this show it seems interesting that it was sparked by a spiteful ranting on a "worst places to live" website. Someone anonymously demonised a town and its people as chav scum.

FringeReview
08/13/2015
Sunny Runny Runcorn

"'You can't run from the corn!' A fairy's tale of a town that might be a little rough - but it's also got its bloody blinding diamonds! A trip home to Runcorn can be far from a journey down the yellow brick road. Scary Mo, Timmy Tanked and Lick it Lil share in beauty and brutality.

F 18 K 2014

SG Fringe
08/07/2014
SG2014 Review: F 18 K (Fuck 18)

Venue (53): Surgeons Hall Category: Times: Dates: Aug 1-2,4-9 Stars: **** Reviewed by Zander Bruce "What scrotum this way comes?" F 18 K, pronounced Fuck 18, is a bacchanalian beasting of a performance. It is the forbidden understanding of carnal knowledge. In the modern timeline, we have the excess of the holiday rep culture,...

Past Events

An epilogue from Matthew Roberts' amazingly powerful and critically acclaimed play, TEACH *****
01/25/2020
What they didn't TEACH me on my PGCE

What They Didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE captures the voices of over 200 educators who share their heartfelt advice, top tips, honest reflections, disastrous experiences and laugh-out-loud anecdotes about early career teaching.

Eventbrite
01/25/2020
What they didn't teach me on my PGCE: A fantastic day of CPD!

Come and celebrate the launch of 'What they didn't teach me on my PGCE' with a fantastic day of teachmeet style CPD sessions followed by a lively book launch party! Tickets include a welcome drink and pastries, a buffet lunch, all conference materials and an afternoon of drinks and dissemination with a live DJ.

Conference Bookings

ProBreadButter Productions

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