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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

Sydney Theatre Company presents ORLANDO (Sydney Opera House)

Sydney Theatre Company presents ORLANDO (Sydney Opera House)

'Backer is outstanding' - Talking Arts / Catch Matthew Backer in 'Ladies Day' at Griffin Theatre [Official Trailer]

'Backer is outstanding' - Talking Arts / Catch Matthew Backer in 'Ladies Day' at Griffin Theatre [Official Trailer]

Karen's Addiction Support Group (Sketch Comedy).

Karen's Addiction Support Group (Sketch Comedy).

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.

‘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

Band of brothers: From left, Matthew Backer (Dauphin), Michael Sheasby  (Henry V)  and Damien Strouthos (Pistol).

Band of brothers: From left, Matthew Backer (Dauphin), Michael Sheasby (Henry V) and Damien Strouthos (Pistol).

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.

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.