MOTHER by Daniel Keene
Starring Noni Hazlehurst

Commissioned and produced by If Theatre, MOTHER is a one woman show written for actor Noni Hazlehurst and director Matt Scholten. The play has had several seasons: an Australian tour in 2015 and 2016, a 2018 season at Belvoir Street Theatre, a 2018 season at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and a 2020 season at HOTA Gold Coast and an encore season at QPAC also in 2020. The play has won and been nominated for multiple awards and has been a critical and commercial hit.

Noni Hazlehurst as Christie in Daniel Keene’s MOTHER Belvoir Street Theatre January 2018
Photo by Brett Boardman

Creative Team

Written by Daniel Keene
Performed by Noni Hazlehurst
Directed by Matt Scholten
Designer Kat Chan
Lighting Design Tom Willis
Sound Design Darius Kedros

An If Theatre Production

View the Trailer here


Mother is a one-woman play that tells the story of Christie, a homeless woman in a world detached, unforgiving and destructive. It gives voice to the fallen and dispossessed, to those who exist at the edge of safety, at the point of being undone. It speaks of madness, denial, ignorance and free-falling poverty. Utterly devastating, yet written with Daniel Keene’s characteristic lyricism, Mother is wrought with tenderness, violence and loneliness in equal measure.

Future Seasons

MOTHER is currently in pre-production for a USA season on Broadway, produced by Cody Lassen & Associates and United Stages. Details: and

For Australian availability of MOTHER contact Matt Scholten


Best Performance by a Leading Actress, 2019 Matilda Awards
Best Production for VCE Students, 2016 Drama Victoria Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, 2016 Helpmann Awards (Nominated)
Best Regional Touring Show, 2016 Helpmann Awards (Nominated)
Finalist, APACA Tour of the Year, 2016

“Noni Hazlehurst delivers the performance of a lifetime.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“If you want to see one of Australia’s finest actors at the height of her powers, rush out to see this. BYO compassion and don’t forget your tissues.” The Courier-Mail

“Perfect theatre; sheer entertainment with pathos interspersed with humour dark and light and a character so real that it cut deep into the heart.” Absolute Theatre

Let’s make something together.