Joachim Matschoss

Joachim Matschoss was born in Germany and now lives in Melbourne/Australia. He is a playwright, poet and Theatre-maker. His Theatre Company, ‘Backyard Theatre Ensemble (BYTE)’ presents diverse pieces of theatre all across Melbourne/ Australia and internationally.



Joachim has created theatre in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, India, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Taiwan, Switzerland and China.


Joachim’s poetry is published in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA.


Joachim is fascinated by creating work from scratch, starting with a thought, image, or a piece of music. It is inevitable that a piece of theatre will grow, will happen. There is always a story to tell, to listen to. Joachim is less interested in seeing a piece of theatre grow like a flower, but more so like a weed, something raw, something with cracks, and something that is challenging both the performer and the audience member. Most recently Joachim has worked with street kids and underprivileged youth in Jakarta/Indonesia. He was involved in a performance project ‘Protect the persecuted’ in Geneva and a project about racial harmony in Germany. Joachim’s poetry is published in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA.



Joachim published a travel journal in Australia (Away with me) and a novel in the USA (Dead River Oaks). A book about theatre and travel (Rain Overnight) is about to be published in India.


Missing in Me and Other Plays

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Joachim Matschoss is a highly professional and creative theatre practitioner, artist, writer and teacher. I have watched him work with students of mine and both they and I have found his work inspirational and challenging.

-Mark Eckersley

Joachim is a theatre director with much finesse who creates student perform

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Rain Overnight

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The boy was fascinated by theatre. He was intrigued by new places and by new journeys, from a very young age.

He was always full of mischievous ideas. His head was full of noises, and only the theatre could calm him, pull his restless mind into a single story, make him listen and give shape to his dreams. The boy loved everything about theatre, and even after sixty years, he still does.

The boy grew up cushioned by the voice of his father, which

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