Shuffle Festival


Matchstick at Shuffle Festival 2017

26th & 27th August, Tower Hamlets Cemetery.


Following on from last years hugely successful performances of Frankenstein at Shuffle we’re pleased to head back, this time with three of our shows, Mermaid, The Valve & I Am the Centre. Matchstick will perform these shows regularly on the Pond Stage at Tower Hamlets Cemetery as well as for one beautiful performance in Canary Wharf.




I am the Centre:


Emma Lane & Matthew Wellard in rehearsal for I am the Centre

I am the Centre has been reworked and will be restaged to fit the Pond Stage for Shuffle Festival. We’re very pleased to bring back this sell out show for 3 more performances at the festival. Exploring mental illness in an exciting multi media format.

Written by Jacob Fortune Lloyd

Saturday 2:30pm Pond Stage

Sunday 3pm & 9pm Pond Stage

Festival Cast:

Emma Lane, Matthew Wellard & Lorna Harris

Directed by Emily Thomson 

Music composed by Dan Bramley with Patrick James Fitzroy & Alex Prete



Elena Voce in Mermaid in August 2016

2016’s extremely well received show Mermaid is being reworked for the festival with the Pond Stage setting adding a new atmosphere to the already grungy and harsh new play by Theo Cowan. Exploring alcohol, sex and alcohol, also necrophilia.

Written by Theo Cowan

Saturday 1pm, 7pm & 11pm Pond Stage

Sunday 7pm & 11pm Pond Stage

Festival Cast:

Adam Gerrett, James Mack & Elena Voce

Directed by James Newton & Dominic Spillane

With a brand new sound design and original music by Lewis Daniel


The Valve

Saskia Marland in The Valve February 2017

The Valve opened Matchstick’s 2017 and has been extended with a rewrite and is being reworked to perform on both The Pond Stage & the inflatable CrossRail Garden Stage. The Valve is a new Sci-Fi play about a woman who undergoes an operation to become inflatable.

Written by Laurence Pritchard

Saturday 4pm & 9pm Pond Stage

Sunday 1.30pm Pond Stage 5pm CrossRail Garden

Festival Cast:

Bronte Tadman, Saskia Marland & Gearoid Kavanagh

Directed by Dominic Spillane

Music by Idan Brutman & Jamie Coe