Tuesday 21 July, 6pm
Elizabeth Newman interviewing Matthew Xia, Actors Touring Company. 

Join the discussion – it’s free! In Conversation With

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Matthew Xia

Matthew was appointed Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company in November 2018 and is one of the busiest and most exciting directors in the UK. He is a former Associate Artistic Director of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; Director in Residence at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse; Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.

Some of Matthew’s acclaimed productions include: at the Royal Exchange, Manchester Frankenstein, Wish List (also Royal Court), and Into The WoodsBlue/Orange and Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic; and Shebeen at Nottingham Playhouse.

Other work of note includes: Blood Knot at The Orange Tree, Sleeping Beauty at Stratford East,Scrapper and Migration Music at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff; and NitroBeat’s Suckerpunch Boomsuite at the Barbican.

Under the pseudonym Excalibah, Matthew was the first DJ to join BBC 1Xtra, where he spent 6 years. As a sound designer and composer, credits include: The People Are Singing (Royal Exchange); Freerun (Udderbelly); That’s The Way To Do It (TimeWontWait); Bolero Remixed (New London Orchestra). In 2012 Excalibah performed as a headline DJ at the London Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future and of Cardboard Citizens and has served on the boards of Rich Mix, Creative Futures and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has been a judge for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (2017) and the Alfred Fagon Award (2017 and 2018).

Upcoming sessions:

Tues 28 Jul, 6pm: Nikolai Foster, Leicester Curve

Tues 11 Aug, 5pm: Brigid Larmour, Watford Palace, and Theresa Heskins, New Vic

Mon 17 Aug, 6pm: Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic

Mon 24 Aug, 5pm: Natalie Ibu, tiata fahodzi

Weds 2 Sept, 6pm: Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre

Mon 14 Sept, 6pm: Liz Stevenson, Theatre by the Lake

Mon 21 Sept, 6pm: Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre


Mon 2 Nov, 6pm: Sean Foley, Birmingham Repertory Theatre