Matchmaker

The course of true love never did run smooth, but if you’re in the romance business, it better!

Available now in Zombies, Run!, Matchmaker is a story of just how tricky it is to find love in the modern world, written by Emily Short. This is the latest project to be released from our New Adventures Commissioning process, and we can’t wait to share our first romance story with you all!

Once you’ve played Matchmaker and have embraced the warm and fuzzies, check out this conversation between Emily and Six to Start head of production Matt Wieteska to hear a little bit more about the inspiration for Matchmaker, Emily’s writing background, and why her notebook is very, very important. Be warned – this interview contains full spoilers for Matchmaker.

Cast

E.M. Williams: Laura

EM grew up in the Midlands with their Jamaican father and Irish mother. Their studies and training began in Kent, spanned California, and culminated in London at RCSSD. Specialising in physical theatre, aerial circus, and ensemble.

They have provided voices for many Zombies, Run! characters including a malfunctioning AI interface, an irritatingly upbeat aerobics instructor, and an environmental scientist who is way out of their depth.

Theatre Credits Include: My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre); Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End – Harold Pinter Theatre); Dinosaur World Live (Regents Park Open Air); The Book of Dragons (York Theatre Royal); The Selfish Giant (Arcola Theatre); Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke (New Diorama & AIIA Theatre, Tokyo). 

Harriet Madeley: Antonia

Harriet’s writing/performance work include: The Listening Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Lowry, Theatre Clwyd, Northern Stage, BBC Radio 4), The Colours (Soho Theatre, 2021 tour), Echoes (commissioned by Public Health England for the HIV Innovation Fund) & The Other Tchaikovsky (BBC Radio 4). 

Her theatre company Crowded Room (which she runs with Mark Knightley) are currently under commission from Battersea Arts Centre & the Co Creating Change network and were recently shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award at the Barbican for 2030 (commissioned by Collusion).