Matthew works internationally as a Director, with a strong focus on puppetry, object manipulation and physical theatre. He originally trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as an actor specialising in Collaborative and Devised Theatre.

Alongside his professional directing career Matthew also teaches puppetry and movement internationally and has also directed students in productions and projects from ArtsEd, East15 and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Puppetry Director credits include Babe The Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre and National Tour), Dinner at the Twits (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), The Witches (Dundee Rep), Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults), and The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Little Angel Theatre and The Old Vic).

Associate/Assistant Puppetry & Movement Director credits include Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), War Horse (National Tour and South Africa), War Horse (Holland), War Horse (Australia and New Zealand), War Horse (China), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults).


Matthew is currently casting the next UK Tour of War Horse, which begins rehearsals in July.

Matthew is the Puppetry Director for Babe The Sheep-Pig, currently on a National Tour around the UK.


“The magic here is created largely by the excellence of the puppetry skills displayed throughout by the actors in well-fashioned, intricate and brilliantly choreographed displays”

The Reviews Hub


“An outstanding feature of the production is the puppetry and mask work”


“The stage is filled with animals and the incredible puppetry direction by Matthew Forbes lets your imagination do the rest”

Everything Theatre


"...puppet director Matthew Forbes – turns a hand-operated Babe into a character for kids to root for.”

The Stage


"A host of wonderfully inventive puppets... Then, of course, there is Babe himself, an adorable puppet with moving limbs, mouth and even eyelids. Deftly handled and earnestly voiced, he makes for a charismatic protagonist”

The Upcoming


"There is some thrilling ‘War Horse’ style puppetry choreographed by Matthew Forbes.”

Essential Surrey




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