Matrix Theatre is one of Australia’s leading independent theatre companies. Formed in 1994 by Michael Futcher and Helen Howard, this multi-award-winning company has established a national reputation for presenting high-quality, vibrantly innovative new works which have been inspired by true-life stories, and the best of world literature.
In 2009, Matrix, in association with Critical Stages, toured Sasha Janowicz’s The Kursk to over 35 venues around Australia to great acclaim. This is one of the largest tours of an independent theatre production ever undertaken in Australia’s history, and followed a highly successful season at the Sue Benner Theatre in 2007 as part of the Metro Independents programme.
Throughout the last decade Matrix has produced a number of award-winning productions all written by Howard and Futcher including: The Wishing Well (2008) at the Roundhouse Theatre, presented by La Boite Theatre Company), The Drowning Bride (2005 at the Roundhouse Theatre, co-produced by La Boite Theatre Company) and A Beautiful Life which toured nationally in 2000 with Performing Lines, winning four Green Room Awards and receiving nominations for two more. Originally performed as part of the 1998 Brisbane Festival, A Beautiful Life has become a modern Australian classic and is studied in schools and universities throughout Australia.
Other productions include: Cutting Loose (2000), Hamlet (1999), 1347 (1996), The King And The Corpse! (1995/96), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (1996) and Lunch/The Woods (1994). The company also has a proud history of touring children’s productions and workshops throughout Queensland including: Citizen Jane (2002/3 in association with the Queensland Arts Council and the Queensland Premier’s Department, touring to Queensland schools), Rapunzel, The Magic Jewel, The Bush Genie and Robin Hood.