Michael Futcher
Playwright, Director
  • Michael is a director, writer, producer, actor, dramaturg, acting coach, and co-Artistic Director of Matrix Theatre.

    As director, over the last 35 years, Michael has compiled an impressive CV of multi-award-winning hit productions, many commanding return seasons and touring nationally, to significant critical acclaim. He has collaborated with QT, Shake and Stir, La Boite, QPAC, The Brisbane Festival, The Queensland Music Festival, Opera Queensland, Critical Stages, Performing Lines, the Australia Council and Arts Queensland, amongst many others, in presenting high-quality and memorable productions viewed by hundreds of thousands of theatregoers Australia-wide. Michael has been the recipient of a Green Room Award for the direction of A Beautiful Life (Matrix/Performing Lines), numerous Best Director Matilda Awards, a Helpmann Award Nomination for best touring production The Kursk (Matrix/Critical Stages), and two APACA Drover’s Awards for Shake and Stir’s touring productions of Animal Farm and 1984.

    Most recently Michael wrote and directed the sell-out season of The Mystery of the Valkyrie for Woodward Productions at QPAC and has directed Shake and Stir’s A Christmas Carol in multiple return seasons at QPAC and the Canberra Theatre Centre.

    Other directing credits include: for Shake and Stir: Jane Eyre, Endgame, Dracula and Tequila Mockingbird; for Queensland Theatre (Company): 1001 Nights (with Zen Zen Zo/QMF), Treasure Island (with Matrix), Grimm’s Tales, Rabbit Hole, The Glass Menagerie, Explosions and Oz Shorts; for La Boite: Pale Blue Dot, Walking By Apple Tree Creek, The Wishing Well (with Matrix), The Drowning Bride, James and Johnno and Salt; for Matrix Theatre: Diary of a Madman, Piano Lessons (with QMF/Metro Arts), The King and the Corpse! and 1347; for Opera Queensland: Dirty Apple (with Backbone); for TheatreiNQ: One Man Two Guvnors; for DeBase: Concerto For Harmony and Presto; for Griffith Uni: Oresteia, All Sorts, The Caucasian Chalk Circle; for QUT: The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Three Sisters, Cymbeline, Camille, As You Like It, Enemies and Children of the Sun.

    As a writer, Michael’s published works include (all co-written with Helen Howard): for Currency Press: A Beautiful Life (2000), The Drowning Bride (2005), The Wishing Well (2008); for Playlab: Citizen Jane (2002) and The King and the Corpse! (2013). A Beautiful Life won a Matilda Award for best play, was nominated for an AWGIE, short-listed for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, toured nationally in 2000 and was also recorded for ABC radio. The Drowning Bride won a Matilda Award for Best Play and was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. In 2008 Michael and Helen Howard received a Playlab Award for outstanding contribution to Queensland writing. Michael’s other writing credits include: The Mystery of the Valkyrie (Woodward Productions); The Blood Votes (QSE/UQ); Haneef (Matrix/TheatreiNQ); 1347, Cutting Loose (Matrix): The Bush Genie (Krakajak/QAC); and Disobediently Yours, Edmund Kean (Hen and Chickens Theatre, London). Adaptations include: 1001 Nights (QMF/ZZZ/QTC); Treasure Island (Matrix/QTC); The Duel, Memoirs of a Physician (QUT Creative industries) and The Master and Margarita (Matrix/Powerhouse).

  • Production
    Role
    Company / Director
    THE FAMILY LAW (2015)
    Acting Coach
    SBS / Matchbox Pictures / Dir: Jonathan Brough; Prod: Andy Walker, Sophie Miller, Julie Eckersley
    DRACULA (2015)
    Director
    QPAC / shake & stir theatre company
    PALE BLUE DOT (2014)
    Director
    La Boite Theatre
    1984 (National tour) (2014)
    Director
    Shake & Stir / QPAC
    1001 NIGHTS (2013)
    Director
    Queensland Theatre Company / Queensland Music Festival
    ANIMAL FARM (2013)
    Director
    Shake & Stir (Tour)
    TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD (2013)
    Director
    Shake & Stir / QPAC
    BEAR WITH ME (2012)
    Director
    QPAC
    1984 (2012)
    Director
    Shake & Stir / QPAC
    THERESE RAQUIN (2012)
    Director
    Zen Zen Zo
    VIKRAM AND THE VAMPIRE (2012)
    Director
    Zen Zen Zo
    TREASURE ISLAND (2011)
    Director
    Queensland Theatre Company
    EMPIRE BURNING (2011)

    Metro Arts Independent / Dir: Eugene Gilfedder
    PIANO LESSONS (2011)
    Director
    Queensland Music Festival
    * ABRIDGED CV ABOVE
    PRODUCTION

    For information regarding school, community or professional productions of any of the plays on this site, contact us by email at writers@kublerauckland.com with full details of your proposed production.
  • THE DROWNING BRIDE
    An intimate and moving drama about love, betrayal and the struggle to forgive. In this powerful clash between generations and cultures, a young Brisbane artist tracks down her estranged grandfather in the US where he fled to escape his troubled past. Wise old widower, or war criminal and womanizer? A quest for truth, with love and history at stake.
    ACTS:
    Two
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    2m, 2f
    Publication:   Currency Press / www.currencypress.com.au
  • THE WISHING WELL
    Londoner Edith Midleton arrives in Sydney in the grip of the Depression and watches her last penny roll down the drain of that great wishing well, Australia. As her life pitches into abject poverty, she bears an illegitimate child on a sweatshop floor, a gifted boy who drags his reluctant mother through the hole in his heart to discover love that is at once fragile and cruel. The Wishing Well is a feisty, powerful and uplifting story of resilience and love, told seductively with a wealth of actor-power, passion, vivacity and warmth.
    ACTS:
    Two
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    5m, 3f
    Publication:   Currency Press / www.currencypress.com.au
  • A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
    Explores the often-unforgettable histories of refugees. It is a haunting account of prejudice, injustice and brutality, tempered by a celebration of human kindness and indomitable hope.
    ACTS:
    Two
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    CAST:
    6m, 2f
    Publication:   Currency Press / www.currencypress.com.au
  • CITIZEN JANE
    Jane Newman is young. She has a few worries about the world. Ted Cook is the premier. He only has to worry about Queensland! So what do they have in common? Not much, until, as a result of a bizarre, inexplicable and totally weird accident, they SWAP BRAINS! How will Jane find her way through the corridors of power, and learn how to keep Queensland on course? And how will Ted persuade anyone to let him back into Parliament House and get him out of cheerleading practice?
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    Publication:   Playlab Press / www.playlab.org.au
  • THE KING AND THE CORPSE!
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  • 1347
    1347 is a bawdy, comical, and epic adventure story set on the eve of the Great Plague of 1348. Inspired by the riotous mediaeval tales of Boccaccio's Decameron, the play follows the fortunes of a group of young travellers escaping the ravages of the plague into the Florentine countryside.
    ACTS:
    Two
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    CAST:
    6m, 4f + 2 Musicians