As well as being Artistic Director of Speckintime, Matthew enjoys working as a freelance director. He specialises in directing new or rarely produced writing and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded theatre practitioners.


Attached the beginning of February Matthew will direct the re-staging of Temptress by Philip St John, to be performed in The Viking Theatre and Whale Theatre, Greystones. Later in the same month he will direct the re-staging of The Harvest by Jane McCarthy before it tours nationally.


Matthew directed The Harvest, a new play by Jane McCarthy and an in-house production for The New Theatre, Dublin, in June 2018. The play received critical acclaim with Emer O'Kelly - Sunday Independent claiming 'All Hail the Harvest' and '...directed with precision and controlled force'.  

The Harvest by Jane McCarthy. Cast: Melissa Nolan, Marcus Lamb, Fionn Foley & John Morton.

The Harvest by Jane McCarthy. Cast: Melissa Nolan, Marcus Lamb, Fionn Foley & John Morton.

In November Matthew directed The Signalman, an adaptation by Jane McCarthy of the Charles Dickens ghost story. It was received critical acclaim - ‘The production is an absolute corker, with meticulously true acting from both actors and cracking direction from Matthew Ralli.’ - Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent.


In February, Matthew directed the full length version of The Curse of the Button Accordion by Sharon Mannion at the Roscommon Arts Centre. In November he continues his collaboration with Philip St John by directing and co-producing The Restoration of Hope, St John's second play in his 'Eerie Trilogy'. 


Matthew directed The Crown and the Red Cross, a new play by Jennifer Laverty and Eilis O'Donnell exploring the events inside Dublin Castle during the week of the 1916 Easter Rising. An OPW initiative, the play was staged throughout the Dublin Castle State Apartments.

Matthew directed the premiere of Revolver by Seanan McDonnell in Theatre Upstairs during May/June for Sugar Coat Theatre Company. 

Revolver by Seanan McDonnell. Cast: Charlene Craig & Colm O'Brien

Revolver by Seanan McDonnell. Cast: Charlene Craig & Colm O'Brien


In February, Matthew directed One is Not Oneself, a new play by Gerard Lee for Cadence Theatre Company. Starring Paula Lee Garvey and Mark O'Regan, it played in The New Theatre for a two week run. 

Throughout the year Matthew collaborated with writer, Philip St John, to develop and produce his new play Temptress. This was staged in The New Theatre for two weeks during October and received critical acclaim. 


Upon launching Speckintime, Matthew directed a series of one-act plays under the title The Art of WedlockDirecting five separate plays, with an ensemble cast of ten, proved an ambitious task. The resulting production was staged in Chancery Lane in February and played to sell out audiences.

During July, Matthew directed his own writing in the production of Deeds of Deceit at the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle. A cast of eight actors were involved and the play received critical acclaim.

Matthew enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate and work with the comedy group, Ghost Train Willy, directing their new play Rhubarb Crumble for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014. Nominated for 'Best Ensemble' in the Fringe Awards, it went on to play in the Civic Theatre later that year.