If Theatre

cropped-cropped-img_1265-1.jpgMatt Scholten, Artistic Director & Creative Producer

If Theatre is an independent theatre company established by Matt Scholten in late 2006. The company has presented work in metropolitan Melbourne and has toured work throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland.

If Theatre’s debut was an acclaimed 2007 production of Harold Pinter’s psychodrama A SLIGHT ACHE at Chapel Off Chapel.

Directly after A SLIGHT ACHE If Theatre presented THREE SHORT PLAYS BY JACK HIBBERD for La Mama as part of the La Mama’s fortieth birthday season and BLINDINGLY OBVIOUS FACTS by Ben Ellis at the Fairfax Studio for the Short & Sweet Festival.

In 2008, Matt Scholten began directing the work of Daniel Keene with HALF & HALF, also the debut for The Dog Theatre.

In 2009, If Theatre’s most ambitious project to date was THE COVE, a season of eight plays by Daniel Keene (four world premieres, four revivals) performed at The Dog Theatre which was a critical and commercial success and nominated for three Green Room Awards.

MR FOOTBALL, by Matt Scholten, a documentary theatre project,was created and presented in the 2009 Big West Festival at The Dog Theatre.

In 2010, If Theatre was given two opportunities to create work at Theatreworks St. Kilda with Matt Scholten’s adaptation and creative development of CRIME & PUNISHMENT in August 2010 and then the Melbourne premiere of Daniel Keene’s THE NIGHTWATCHMAN in December 2010.

If Theatre presented the world premiere of BOXMAN by Daniel Keene, a  work commissioned by the 2011 Big West Festival. In 2013, BOXMAN toured Victoria and New South Wales and was presented by the following theatres:

Wagga Civic Centre
Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat
Benalla Performing Arts Centre
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Frankston Arts Centre
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey
Wyndham Civic Centre, Werribee
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park
Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre
Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton
Geelong Performing Arts Centre

In 2015 & 2016, MOTHER by Daniel Keene, written for Noni Hazlehurst, toured nationally at the following theatres:

Gasworks Theatre, Albert Park
Wyndham Civic Centre, Werribee
The Clocktower, Moonee Ponds
The Memo, Healesville
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey
The Forge Theatre, Bairnsdale
Mildura Arts Centre
Swan Hill Performing Arts Centre
Riverlinks Shepparton
Benalla Performing Arts Centre
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Devonport Entertainment Centre
Theatre Royal Hobart
West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Warragul
Latrobe Performing Arts, Traralgon
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
Portland Arts Centre,
Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat
Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Karralyka Centre
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wooloongong
Glasshouse Arts Conference and Entertainment Centre, Port Macquarie
Ipswich Civic Centre
Empire Theatre Toowoomba
Lake Kawana Community Centre, Mooloolaba
Riverway Arts Centre Townsville
Centre Of Contemporary Arts, Cairns

MOTHER won the Drama Victoria award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for VCE Students and was nominated for two Helpmann Awards: Best Regional Touring Production and Best Female Actor in a Play for Noni Hazlehurst. MOTHER was also a finalist in the 2016 Australian Performing Arts Centre Association’s (APACA) Drover Awards for Tour of the Year.

MOTHER will be presented in a co-production with Belvoir Street Theatre in 2018.

The following people are the amazing artists, producers, technicians and venues who have worked on productions by If Theatre (in chronological order): Shayne Greenman, Lawrence Price, Lou Endicott, Troy Larkin, Rachel Fothergill, Liz Jones, Maureen Hartley, Alicia Benn-Lawler, Jack Hibberd, Glen Hancox, Bec Etchell, Ben Ellis, Justin Batchelor, Austin Castiglione, Vivienne Perry, Daniel Keene, Matthew Molony, Anthony Winnick, Katherine Branch,  Majid Shokor, Bruce Myles, Jan Friedl, Danielle Carter, Harli Ames, Kat Chan, Lisa Mibus, Geoff Chan, Lok Tan, Peta Hanrahan, Paul David Goddard, Kevin Summers, Dan Walls, Angela Pamic, Roger Oakley, Zoe Ellerton Ashley, Brad Williams, Ben Keene, Susanne Kean, Kate Shearer, Amber Stuart, Terry Yeboah, Noni Hazlehurst, Tom Willis, Darius Kedros, Kane Forbes: Brendan McCallum, Katy Warner, Halcyon McLeod, Tim Wotherspoon as assistant directors: Alyce Fisher, Ben “Cecil” Morris, Jo Kargiotis, Rosie Collins, Amy Bagshaw & Ainsley Kerr as stage/tour managers. Venues & Producers: Chapel off Chapel, La Mama Theatre, The Dog Theatre, Theatreworks St. Kilda, The Big West Festival, Regional Arts Victoria, Gasworks Theatre, Karralyka Centre. Sincere thanks and gratitude to all.