He’s chosen a different playing field, but you’d have to say actor Matthew Backer shares one quality with his old man — determination.

Hes chosen a different playing field, but youd have to say actor Matthew Backer shares one quality with his old man — determination.

THERE’S no stopping former Fraser Coast journalist Matthew Backer as he prepares to take to the Sydney Opera House stage for the third time.

Ex-local scribe stages new act at Sydney Opera House

Matthew Backer, left, is benefiting from the experience of director John Bell who has played Prospero in <i>The Tempest</i> three times.

Music composed for Bell Shakespeare production has been adapted to suit Backer's vocal range.

<p>ACTOR Matthew Backer has a message for purists thinking of turning up their noses at Bell Shakespeare’s edgy production of <i>Henry V </i>— see the show and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.</p>

ACTOR Matthew Backer has a message for purists thinking of turning up their noses at Bell Shakespeares edgy production of Henry V — see the show and youll be pleasantly surprised.

The Sydney Morning Herald, The ShortlistFebruary, 2015By Elissa Blake

The Sydney Morning Herald, The ShortlistFebruary, Elissa Blake

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Bell Shakespeare’s Tempest star Matthew Backer in a league of his own | DailyTelegraph

Bell Shakespeare’s Tempest star Matthew Backer in a league of his own

the AU interview: Matthew Backer on playing Ariel in "The Tempest" (performances to 18th September) | the AU review

the AU interview: Matthew Backer on playing Ariel in "The Tempest" (performances to September)

Overnight sensations don't really happen in the theatre. To be hot, you have to burn long and hard like this year's Hot List stars. Matthew Backer spent most of last year touring Australia with Bell Shakespeare's award-winning Henry V. This year he co-stars in Belvoir's production of Kill the Messenger (now playing) and will play Ariel in Bell Shakespeare's production of The Tempest before joining the cast of the Sydney Theatre Company's Orlando, which stars Jacqueline McKenzie.

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