Matthew​​
Semple

MUSIC DIRECTOR
SINGER | ACTOR
WRITER

  1. "Semple was exceptionally funny from start to finish."

    - Theatre Buzz AU
  2. "Blood(of Christ)ly hilarious."

    - Pop Culture-Y
  3. "Sharp, clever and acerbic - almost more Minchin than Minchin."

    - Weekend Notes
  4. "As musically as he is comedically talented, seamlessly slipping from behind the mic to behind the keyboard."

    - Weekend Notes
  5. "Matthew Semple has a wonderful tone in his powerful voice and a savvy, commanding presence..."

    - Theatre People
  6. "Semple’s song writing is exquisite..."

    - Theatre People
About Matthew

Matthew Semple is a multi-skilled performer from Brisbane, Queensland. With experience in musical theatre, stand-up comedy, musical direction, theatre marketing, script writing, musical composition and piano playing, his voluminous and varied work has been showcased throughout Australia.

He studied Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium, under the tutelage of internationally-acclaimed MD and educator Mr Paul Sabey. There he worked with both Australian and international creatives and was featured in productions including Oklahoma!, Godspell, Workingand Blood Brothers.​ During his time at the Con he also was involved in various cabarets, corporate events, and workshop productions of new Australian musicals.

After graduating in 2015, he made his professional debut with Empire Theatres' 2016 production of Legally Blonde, in which he starred as Emmett Forrest.

Keen to make his mark on the cabaret scene, Matthew wrote his first one-man cabaret: The Gospel According to Matthew. He has since toured The Gospel nationally to critial acclaim. 
When not involved with one of the many theatres throughout the country, whether in the writers' room, in the pit, or on the stage, Matthew can be found cuddling up to his dog, hopefully with a generous glass of red wine.
"A piercing show... that will have you laughing at something you may not admit to your loved ones." ★★★★


"As musically as he is comedically talented, seamlessly slipping from behind the mic to behind the keyboard."
"Taboo topics are laid bare before the audience, and given an entertaining and sometimes twisted perspective..."​


"Semple’s rhyme structure was absolutely flawless... very reminiscent of Lin-Manuel Miranda."
"The Gospel According to Matthew"
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In the cut-throat, commercial industry that is the performing arts, every day is a constant battle between artistic integrity and selling out to make dodgy late-night TV commercials. After much determination, deliberation, and desperation, Matthew vowed to ditch art for superstardom — if only he could figure out how. Slightly inept, awfully inapt, and endlessly inane, The Gospel According to Matthew is a satirical sermon regarding life, death, and whether one can truly be called an artist without a MacBook and a chai latte.

        In the beginning, there was a 10-minute preview at the 2016 Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival. There, it was met with critical acclaim from judges and audiences alike. At the finals, it received awards for the Best Original Score (Matthew Semple) and the Best Director (Simon Mason).

In November 2016 The Gospel premiered in full for its much-anticipated second coming at the Spicefire Cabaret Festival. Receiving critical acclaim in Brisbane’s Spicefire Festival and at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne, The Gospel According to Matthew features everything you were taught not to discuss in polite company.

"A Very Naughty Christmas"
Christmas is coming early! But don’t worry — Santa never will! Get ready to have your stocking stuffed because A Very Naughty Christmas is coming back to Brisbane Powerhouse for its third year. Santa’s pulled a brand-new show out of his sack, and you’ll find something you love, whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Featuring a live band and six sexy performers this is the holiday comedy show you didn’t know you had to see. With Christmas hits like you’ve never heard them before this show is bound to get you into the holiday spirit.
Get your tickets now! After all, Santa only comes once a year…

A brainchild of Alex Woodward, executive producer of Undersudy Productions, A Very Naughty Christmas has been an annual staple of Brisbane's theatre scene since its 2017 debut. Matthew wrote the first Naughty Christmas and has since worked as a writer, collaborator and script advisor for its subsequent iterations.

Brisbane Stage described A Very Naughty Christmas as "a riotous romp that lives up to its name and more." Blue Curtains Brisbane said of Naughty Christmas:

With sugar and spice and all things both naughty and nice, it is a wonderful celebration of the sentiment of this special time of year, full of delightful fun and rather-not-know revelations like why Santa needs to get the sleigh reupholstered so often.

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Love Song From Nauru

From The Gospel According to Matthew
Written & Performed by Matthew Semple

Video Credit: Heaven of Invention

Get in Touch With Matthew!

 
Please don't hesitate to get in touch! Matt is available for contact via the following:

​          Email: matthewrsemple@gmail.com

​          Phone: 0417 671 111