SPOT­LIGHT

Ac­tor takes on story of bankers’

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Sonja Ras­mussen

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

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