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    We are Creators & Collaborators. Our creative partnership is based in London and we work and perform around the globe.

    We create theatrical performances based in a rich and intimate intermingling of words and music - two(or more) genres mixing to create a new and visceral theatrical form.

    We love collaborating with Festivals, Orchestras, individual Artists, Writers, Ensembles, Designers, Venues.


    Our lyric drama Tchaikovsky - Bright Stars Shone For Us

    (a recent Poesis production at Wimbledon Int Music Festival with The London Mozart Players)

    has been shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards!

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  • Repertoire

    Here are some of our lyric dramas. And so many more ideas ...

    Johann Sebastian

    The Life and Passion of

    JS Bach

    chronicles the life of perhaps the greatest composer in the entire Western canon, tracing, amid a setting of his incomparable music, the longings, desires, urges, and inspirations that drove him to his miraculous creations. Johann Sebastian is a desperately moving, often funny, always fascinating insight into the life of one of the world’s most indispensable artists.

    Don Juan

    The Brilliant Irreverence of

    Lord Byron

    explores the seductive and scandalous life of the British poet, Lord Byron, examining it through the prism of his famous poem, Don Juan. The play interweaves the lives of Byron with one of its great creations, until it becomes difficult to tell where fact ends and fiction begins, leaving the audience with a rich impression of one of the greatest creative geniuses of all time.

    A Christmas Carol

    Dickens’s Immortal Christmas Tale

    This musico drama blends Dickens’s wonderful, evergreen story with the world’s best-loved carols, to create a deeply festive performance that perfectly captures the spirit of the Christmas season. Part concert and part play and performed as a dramatised reading of the kind Dickens himself made famous in his time, it is by turns funny, sad, joyous, frightening and exultant, and captures all the wonder, pathos, joy, and spookiness of the greatest of all Christmas classics.

    Bright Stars shone for Us

    The Drama and Music of Tchaikowsky

    With wit, humour, pathos, and tragedy, Bright Stars Shone for Us traces the extraordinary, sad, and often hilarious life of one of the supreme geniuses of the Western Canon, from his joyous beginnings to his tragic end. Over the course of an hour and a half, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s life is played out in and amidsst a concert of his music, creating an unprecedentedly powerful picture of his creative life.

    Performed by two actors and a dancer, Bright Stars Shone for Us reveals a deeply human heart guiding the growth of a supreme artist. The play was recently shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2020.


    His Quest for Peace - the Extraordinary Life of Andrzej Panufnik

    One of the 20th century’s most unjustly neglected composers, Andrzej Panufnik is a musician of stark beauty and deep, shattering humanity. Growing up in wartime Poland, and coming to maturity under the German and Russian occupations, Panufnik endured a life of hardship and oppression, yet fought always for the right to genuine self-expression. This play is a hymn to the power and endurance of the human spirit.

    The White Mouse

    tells the extraordinary story of Nancy Wake, a hard-drinking, tough-talking Australian girl, who went from a Sydney suburb to become one of the most indomitable fighters in the French Resistance. Astonishingly brave, self-assured, and powerful, Nancy Wake became an incomparable soldier, personally escorting over 2000 men, women, and children out of German-occupied France to safety. Performed with selections of music from the era of World War II, The White Mouse is a story of the unquenchable human spirit.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    This adaptation presents Shakespeare’s imperishable play in a unique way. The poet himself narrates – doing so in sparkling and witty rhyming couplets – inhabiting the story as he goes, and moving seamlessly in and out of the action, becoming all his characters, to give a full (though truncated) rendering of the play – all interwoven with Mendelssohn’s shimmering music. A beautiful fusion of poetry, music, fun, magic, and laughter, this is a performance that will gleam in the imagination long after the last notes fade.


    Don Juan - The Scandalous Life of Lord Byron

    Don Juan explores the seductive and scandalous life of Lord Byron’s fictional libertine, intertwined with the equally outrageous life of Lord Byron himself. Just like Byron’s poem itself, the musical interpretation of Don Juan is full of wit, charm, elegance, adventure and horror, revealing a deep portrait of one of the greatest creative minds of the Romantic era. Here starring Karin Schaupp and Tama Matheson.

  • Tama Matheson

    WORDs and STAGE

    Writer and Actor

    The man behind the words and some of our production: Tama is a writer, director, and actor with a passion for bringing together the spoken word with music. Tama has, in his career, always straddled the musical and theatrical worlds, and, for many years, has cherished a desire to unify these two separate worlds. POESIS is the realisation of that vision. His Tchaikovsky production for the Wimbledon Int. Music Festival was recently shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2020.

    Tama has directed opera and theatre all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Oper Graz, Houston Grand Opera, Melbourne and Perth Opera. He has also collaborated with orchestras, including Melbourne, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Brisbane Camerata, and the London Mozart Players.

    Tama has worked at Covent Garden, The Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Baden Baden Opera, and is currently Artistic Director of the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, which he established in 2006. As an actor, Tama has worked with companies all over England and Australia.

    Friends & Collaborators

    We are enormously excited to bring a fresh, new style of musico-theatrical collaboration to London, and to establish a base in Europe for the performance and production of Lyric Dramas.

    Rosetta Debattista


    Touring Manager

    Wimbledon International Music Festival - very supportive friends. Always a treat to visit the leafy & arty London suburb

    We collaborate with the London Mozart Players on exciting projects and enjoy working with fantastic musicians

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