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
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.

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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:

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​          Phone: 0437 118 968