What Others Say
BYTE's theatre is very political. In a good way.
- Teacher, Ireland
BYTE tells stories that reflect the world in which we live in.
- Teacher, United Kingdom
After nearly two years of preparation, BYTE brought it’s play ‘Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet’, a collage of Shakespeare’s most loved plays to Mansfield. The production was set in the forest of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and told a tale of love, cross dressing and mistaken identity. The performances were great all around and the young actors really owned their parts and told the eternal story Romeo and Juliet for today’s teenagers in a high-energy often very comical way.
- Mansfield Advertiser
I took my students to an International Theatre Conference and Joachim was an ensemble leader. The ensemble work he did with my students was innovative and exciting. I was then privileged to take students of mine to see some of the pieces he created with BYTE and found the work innovative and unlike other work being done with young people.
- Mark Eckersley, Australia
Joachim is an inspiring creative that develops his original ideas and concepts into sensitive and creative work. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and well connected in both the Australian and international theatre and drama worlds. Joachim is truly passionate about creating innovative theatre.
- Liane Campbell, Australia
Joachim is a fantastic theatre workshop leader and poet! He is ability to create an ensemble with young people that leads to create play and trust is outstanding.
- Sherri Sutton, USA
The musical play 'Shivers' was written and directed by Joachim Matschoss and brought to us by BYTE. It told the story of inmates working in commercial convent laundries in the 1950s. The homes housed girls who had been deemed wayward, homeless, deviant, at risk of moral danger or pregnant. The intensity of the performances by the young actors was electrifying. The staging was highly non naturalistic using Bunraku puppetry in a highly effective way.
- Madeleine McNeil, Ireland
Joachim is a talented and inspiring teacher and director of theatre. He is also an accomplished playwright and his work with young people with his graduate theatre company BYTE is exemplary. He is passionate, dedicated and visionary.
- Peter Mason, Australia
Joachim is a highly talented and highly skilled artistic director, poet and playwright. His organisational skills are second to none and his eye for detail is acute. In all the times I have worked with Joachim, both on productions and musical creation of works for those productions, the final standard was outstanding. Joachim would easily be one of the best artistic directors I have ever had the opportunity to work with.
- Yolette Stewart, Melbourne/Australia
Joachim is the artistic director of BYTE and he is a theatre director with much finesse who creates student performances which focus on 'real' young people issues. Not only does he create these works but he inevitably takes them on intercontinental tours and thus touches many people of different cultures through his outstanding and exciting work.
- Michal Pasternak, Switzerland
'Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet’ was bloody brilliant. Strange, but bloody brilliant. The actors were amazing. A million times better of what I’ve seen at schools here. It would have been amazing if they had more than one night in Rome. That would mean that I could go and watch it again!
- Padraig Downey, Rome
explore - enjoy - create - understand - challenge - work together
'Nightduty' (International Tour 2014/15) is an absorbing and moving account of the lives of unmarried mothers, confined to a convent in the charge of nuns. BYTE Ensemble portrays the cruel injustice of removal of the infants into adoption with powerful conviction. The young ensemble of players exhibit sensitivity and compassion that lend Matschoss’s writing gripping authenticity. At a time when the appalling treatment of young people in the care of the church or as wards of the state in Australia is being exposed and investigated, the treatment of the young women in Ireland in the early Twentieth Century holds particular resonance, and reminds us that we all have a duty to care for those disadvantaged and deprived by heartless institutionalization.
BYTE’s Ensemble of eight young women and one young man have afforded the play a truth that comes from extensive research and admirable performance skill, a skill that belies their youth and affords an audience riveting involvement in the tragic tale of the women and the sister who strives to bring them comfort and consolation. Nightduty, is performed with effective minimalism and song that sways the emotion and reminds us that those less fortunate deserve our concern, our compassion and our help in achieving justice and building a better world. I was deeply moved by the performances, enlightened by the script and reminded that we all have a responsibility to create a finer and more caring humanity. This is a production that should not be missed.'
- Peter Wilkins, Canberra Times
What they do is amazing.
- Student, Edinburgh
As I reflected afterwards, ‘Romeo, Hamlet, Helena and Juliet’ is a production which ‘runs away with itself’. It is an emotional journey (with much of it funny and happy) exploring many different themes but with the central theme of love evident throughout.
- Peter Spencer, Stage-whispers
BYTE performed Louis Nowra’s play Cosi to a sold out house in Carcavelos/Lisbon. The play is set in the 1970s, during the Vietnam War. Inmates of an asylum are trying to perform Mozart’s opera ‘Cosi van Tutte’. The cast had impeccable timing and an amazing contrast between calm, emotional moments and sudden bursts of confusion.
- Georgia Munnion, Theatre Journal, Lisbon/Portugal