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Matt Fox, Writer, Producer, creator of Swindon The Opera
Darren and I enjoy meeting creative people, extraordinary individuals with passion, drive and a vision to make something unique and special with their given talents, Matt Fox is one of those people, inspirational, charming and an entertaining character, it is difficult to express how it feels as a photographer, as I try to capture personality and the little spark of connection I feel before me, as the relationship opens up between photographer and sitter, perhaps by my own honesty and ability to be open and totally myself, may be part of the enigma that takes place in our studio, a magical recipe that no words can explain. I try not to take myself too seriously, it is paramount to me that my subjects are relaxed so my approach is friendly and hopefully fun too, but all the time I strive with my partner Darren to create only the best quality images.
I put it to Matt, “Can I ask you what is it that drives you to want to write, what is it that excites you about theatre, the arts?” In getting to meet Matt on several occasions his answer was just as I had anticipated. Matt: “In terms of the questions about what drives me etc I guess I would say that I’m driven by a need to have an effect on the world. I want to say something about the world, and I guess in the end that what’s everyone involved in arts wants to do. I passionately believe that arts are not and should not be seen as an elitist thing, and by writing opera in particular, that I’m going some way to challenging that preconception. I’ve always found theatre exciting,even since I was a child, and I love the whole process, from the writing to the casting to the set and costume design to the final production. It’s actually a very practical, almost business like art form, which requires a number of different people to do a number of different jobs, in a very structured way. I find that structure and the deadlines involved are what drive me on. I think other art forms such as writing novels or poetry, or creating visual art, are often far more the pursuits of individuals, where as theatre is the persuit of a collective.”
Matt Fox Bio:
Matt Fox is a Writer and Producer. He started writing for the theatre as a teenager when he joined a writer’s group at the Plymouth Theatre Royal. Following a degree in English at the University of London, Matt completed an MA in Professional Writing a University College Falmouth, where he worked primarily on screenplays. Moving to Swindon in 2006, Matt started to produce theatre (and sometimes direct) productions for YAP Theatre Company. After producing shows ranging from Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’, to Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, Matt started to produce lesser know pieces, including works by composer Betty Roe. Needing to get back to writing, Matt created several musical scripts with Australian based writer Adrian Davis, before finally deciding to collaborate with his wife, composer and arranger Jessie Thompson, on a brand new adaptation of John Gay’s 1728 ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera’; eventually producing the show in Wiltshire and London. Following a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund by the JTP Trust (for whom Matt is trustee), he started work with composer Betty Roe MBE on a brand new opera project – Swindon: The Opera, which he is producing with the JTP Trust in Swindon this July.
You will be able to find more about his latest production in next months edition of The Ocelot magazine, interview and editorial feature written by Dan Moody. (http://www.theocelot.co.uk/)
Lisa Q to Matt Fox: “Can I ask you what is it that drives you to want to write, what is it that excites you about theatre, the arts?”
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