He’s chosen a different playing field, but you’d have to say actor Matthew Backer shares one quality with his old man — determination.

He’s chosen a different playing field, but you’d have to say actor Matthew Backer shares one quality with his old man — determination.

THERE’S no stopping former Fraser Coast journalist Matthew Backer as he prepares to take to the Sydney Opera House stage for the third time.

THERE’S no stopping former Fraser Coast journalist Matthew Backer as he prepares to take to the Sydney Opera House stage for the third time.

Matthew Backer, left, is benefiting from the experience of director John Bell who has played Prospero in <i>The Tempest</i> three times.

Matthew Backer, left, is benefiting from the experience of director John Bell who has played Prospero in <i>The Tempest</i> three times.

CULT Magazine ‘Faces to Watch’ 2013

CULT Magazine ‘Faces to Watch’ 2013

<p>ACTOR Matthew Backer has a message for purists thinking of turning up their noses at Bell Shakespeare’s edgy production of <i>Henry V </i>— see the show and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.</p>

<p>ACTOR Matthew Backer has a message for purists thinking of turning up their noses at Bell Shakespeare’s edgy production of <i>Henry V </i>— see the show and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.</p>

The Sydney Morning Herald, The ShortlistFebruary, 2015By Elissa Blake

The Sydney Morning Herald, The ShortlistFebruary, 2015By Elissa Blake

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Bell Shakespeare’s Tempest star Matthew Backer in a league of his own | DailyTelegraph

Bell Shakespeare’s Tempest star Matthew Backer in a league of his own | DailyTelegraph


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The Tempest tells an allegorical tale of magic, love and reconciliation, and the current production that Bell Shakespeare weaves on stage is nothing less than “such stuff as dreams are made on”. Weaving much of this magic is Matthew Backer in the role of the spirit Ariel. Arts Editor Kat caught up with Matt during the current season to discuss the production, working with the legendary John Bell, and how to bring life to the magical spirit creature of Shakespeare’s tempest-prone island.

The Tempest tells an allegorical tale of magic, love and reconciliation, and the current production that Bell Shakespeare weaves on stage is nothing less than “such stuff as dreams are made on”. Weaving much of this magic is Matthew Backer in the role of the spirit Ariel. Arts Editor Kat caught up with Matt during the current season to discuss the production, working with the legendary John Bell, and how to bring life to the magical spirit creature of Shakespeare’s tempest-prone island.

Matthew Backer, left, is benefiting from the experience of director John Bell who has played Prospero in <i>The Tempest</i> three times.

Matthew Backer, left, is benefiting from the experience of director John Bell who has played Prospero in <i>The Tempest</i> three times.

Bell Shakespeare Returns to Gosford with Acclaimed Production Hamlet #Gosford #CentralCoast #CoastTimesNews

Bell Shakespeare Returns to Gosford with Acclaimed Production Hamlet #Gosford #CentralCoast #CoastTimesNews

Sydney Theatre Company presents ORLANDO (Sydney Opera House)

Sydney Theatre Company presents ORLANDO (Sydney Opera House)

A behind the scenes look at Bell Shakespeare's Henry V

A behind the scenes look at Bell Shakespeare's Henry V

Matthew Backer and Sam O’Sullivan star in KILL THE MESSENGER at the Belvoir until 8th March, directed by Anthea Williams. 'Set in Western Sydney, the lives of five individuals collide around questions of familial bonds, institutionalised racism and the value of life’. A very special production

Matthew Backer and Sam O’Sullivan star in KILL THE MESSENGER at the Belvoir until 8th March, directed by Anthea Williams. 'Set in Western Sydney, the lives of five individuals collide around questions of familial bonds, institutionalised racism and the value of life’. A very special production

‘Whispers Among Wolves’ marks Kevin Lim's third outing as writer-director for Soda Honey Films. It explores the co-dependent relationship between two workaholics (Sarah Aubrey, Matthew Backer) during their weekly business dinner meeting.  Lim said: “I wanted to examine a moment between two characters who are broken from their loyalty to each other and left to question what remains in their lives.” B&T Magazine, 15 May 2015

‘Whispers Among Wolves’ marks Kevin Lim's third outing as writer-director for Soda Honey Films. It explores the co-dependent relationship between two workaholics (Sarah Aubrey, Matthew Backer) during their weekly business dinner meeting. Lim said: “I wanted to examine a moment between two characters who are broken from their loyalty to each other and left to question what remains in their lives.” B&T Magazine, 15 May 2015

Every Wednesday, an alcoholic CEO and her long suffering PA sit down to business. But on this particular evening, secrets will be uncovered, old wounds reopened and their unique codependency will come under scrutiny.

Every Wednesday, an alcoholic CEO and her long suffering PA sit down to business. But on this particular evening, secrets will be uncovered, old wounds reopened and their unique codependency will come under scrutiny.

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