Actor takes on story of bankers’
The cast members of Roaring Trade, which is at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen this week.
AS AN actor, Matthew Thomson is all grown up. In the week that Student Show takes the stage – in which he played many roles in his teenage years – Matthew is performing in gritty play Roaring Trade just down the road at The Lemon Tree. Matthew, who turns 30 this year, said he performed nothing but musical theatre until he founded Aberdeen’s Present Tense Productions to perform “avant-garde theatre, such as you’d see off the West End”. He explained: “Plays like these are done in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but not really in Aberdeen until Present Tense started in 2007. We perform gritty pieces, that are entertaining but also educate.” Matthew, who has starred in Aberdeen Student Shows, Treading The Boards and the Aberdeen University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, realised that serious drama was where his future lay when he saw the play Twelve Angry Men as a 20-year-old. “I remember watching it and thinking ‘That’s what I want to some day’. It was a brilliant production and it really changed my outlook on theatre. I had never seen anything like that before locally.” The lawyer also blames his advancing years for his change of heart. “As I’ve got older, I thought I really should do a bit more serious adult drama. I’ve not turned my back on comedy or musicals, but I’m just enjoying a new challenge. “To be honest, I’m not even