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Matthew Zajac



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Matthew Zajac is from Inverness. He studied Drama at Bristol University and has worked as an actor for 32 years, including work at the Citizens Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, the Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre and the Young Vic. He was a founder member of Plain Clothes Productions, producing, acting and directing for the companys six productions. These included the George Devine Award Winner Blue Night in the Heart of the West, A Prick-Song for the New Leviathan, Wolf and Her Sisters Tongue. As Associate Director of Grey Coast Theatre Company, he directed Camster and the Helmsdale Community play The Great Bunillidh Volcano and appeared in Songs of the Grey Coast & The Niss. Matthew has produced two films, The Beauty of the Common Tool (1st Prize at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival) and the digital feature Gordon Bennett. For Licketyspit, he directed remounts of Molly Whuppie(2003 & 2006); Wee Witches(2005 & 2007); The Christmas Quangle Wangle (2004). Other recent work includes Creon in Antigone (TAG), Joe Saul in Burning Bright (V.amp/Tramway), Long Rob in Sunset Song (Prime Productions), Seven Ages & The Heretics Tale (Dogstar), Karl Marxs Beard (Arches/Traverse), Mr Hansen in Further Than the Furthest Thing (Prime Productions), Monks (Royal Lyceum) and screen appearances in The Planman, Taggart, Inspector George Gently, Shetland (ITV), Still Game, Fiona's Story, Garrow's Law (BBC), High Times (STV), Low Winter Sun (C4), and the feature films Young Adam, Man To Man & Valhalla Rising. He directed Seven Ages (2001), The Seer (2006), e Polish Quine (2007), Jacobite Country (2010), Sweetness (2011) and The Baroness (2013) for Dogstar and wrote and performed The Tailor of Inverness for the company, winning the 2009 Best Actor Award at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, a Scotsman Fringe First, the Holden Street Theatres Award and the Stage Award for Best Solo Performer at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe. The Tailor of Inverness went on to run for a month at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival, winning nominations for Best Production and Best Performance. This production has now had 4 sell-out Scottish tours and has also toured to Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine (twice), USA, Germany, Wales and Ireland . Matthew played Ulfheim in When We Dead Awaken for Riksteatern, Vasterbottensteatern (Sweden) & Unity Theatre Liverpool (2008) and he worked for Vasterbottensteatern on the company's Swedish language production Hohaj in 2011-12. His book, The Tailor of Inverness was published in 2013 by Sandstone Press.

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        Tailor of Inverness, The

Tailor of Inverness, The

Tailor. Soldier. Fugitive. An ordinary Polish man caught in the murderous tides of World War II. Moving, musical, multimedia performance. Written and performed by Matthew Zajac. Directed by Ben Harrison. Violinists: Gavin Marwick/Jonny Hardie.


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