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Matt’s acting career to take off as theatre comes back to TMAG

WELL-known former radio and television identity Matt Newell is taking a big step in his new career, performing in his first professional theatre production in Hobart in May.

Newell will star in Blue Cow Theatre’s adaption of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, which is being performed in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Central Gallery.

Newell said that well before he was on television and radio he was interested in pursuing a career in acting and performing, and he was thrilled to get through the audition process and be offered the role.

“When I hung up the microphone on my radio career in 2019, I picked up where I left off and started to study acting online with the hope of being able to pursue a career on the stage and screen,” Newell said.

“During COVID I experimented with developing characters online and was lucky enough to be involved in ‘Charlotte’s Web’ with Hobart Repertory Theatre and ‘A View From The Bridge’ with Acting True.

“Lisa Gormley from Acting True encouraged me to audition for ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and I’m so pleased to have done so.

“I’m nervous, excited and scared all at once.”

Blue Cow Theatre’s executive producer Lucinda Toynbee-Wilson said ‘The Winter’s Tale’ would be “Shakespeare unlike anything anyone has seen before”.

“We are thrilled that The Winter’s Tale is being directed by Blue Cow Theatre’s co-founder Robert Jarman and features a cast which includes Jane Longhurst, Scott Farrow, Guy Hooper, Mel King, Brett Rogers, Matthew Stolp, Robert Maxwell and Sara Cooper,” Toynbee-Wilson said.

“It will be a fully immersive experience for the audience, from the time they walk in the gate to the time they leave.

“Even the interval will be like a carnival atmosphere in the courtyard with food, drinks, and entertainers reflecting the story arc of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic play.”

The Winter’s Tale will be performed at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery from 13 – 28 May, with tickets on sale through www.bluecowtheatre.com

The play has been funded by the Tasmanian Government through the Performance Reactivation funding program, specifically aimed at getting performers back on stage.

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