top of page

Peak Stuff
Co-composer, MD & performer. 


Award-winning theatre company, ThickSkin, have teamed up with the writing talents of Billie Collins  to produce one of the most visually thrilling and inventive shows you will see this year. Click here to see the theatre page, with cast & creative info.

Matthew co-composed the score alongside Neil Bettles, the artistic director of ThickSkin, that runs through the entirety of the play. Giving the unrelenting nature of the script, Neil wanted a percussionist who could drive the text and action along, sensitively responding to the characters emotional journey and nuances of Billie's rhythmical writing. 

The result is a captivating, breathtaking journey through the intertwined lives of 3 characters struggling to find their place in the world. 

Not only did Matthew co-compose and perform the music every night, but attached to his drums were 'triggers' that controlled additional sound cues and effects. Using new cutting edge technology, Matthew also had a pad that allowed him to cue the show, with the lighting & projection and sound all synced up so that all elements moved together. 

More information on the musical and tech process can be found in the video below. 


Matthew talking tech & drums


'Collins writes beautifully in rhythms picked up, underscored and implied by Matthew Churcher, centre stage

and bringing tremendous dynamic range to the performance'

 The Scotsman


'backed by a magnificent continuous score by Neil Bettles and Matthew Churcher,

performed live on drums by Churcher himself, and greeted with roars of applause, when both remarkable performers 

finally step up to take their bows.'

The Scotsman


'The complex rhythms conjured from Churcher's drum kit, perched high and behind Lewis, 

both drive and respond to the drama.'

The QR


'a serious and impressive play'

The Guardian 


'A belter of a play, mesmeric, poetic, timely piece.'

North West End UK


'I've had the privilege of expieriencing many great theatrical productions, 

this one has left me almost speechless.'

Theatre South East


bottom of page