What

Playhouse delivers educational, inspirational, extremely entertaining theatre to over 450 schools across New Zealand and Australia. Each year we write the plays, prepare the actors, make the costumes and set and tour our troupe around the country so that you can have fantastic theatre in your own environment. As well as the performances, we also provide a teaching resource so that schools can easily incorporate the play into their lessons.

Why

Our ‘raison dêtre’

Our formula is to bring the best actors and creative forces in Australia and New Zealand together to create a play that is funny, educational and inspiring – and many schools have told us our shows are the best theatre experience their students have had.  To do this we rely on your support. So if you haven’t had us visit yet – why not drop us a line?

Where

Location, location, location!

basic mapYou can find us all across NZ (we do two loops of the country) and also in the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania. We have historically toured annually from Perth to Brisbane, but it's a lot of driving so we're going to stick around just Victoria and Tasmania for a while!

Founded in Christchurch New Zealand, NZ Playhouse began touring New Zealand in 2009, then expanded into Australia in 2012.

Current touring schedule Next year's plan

Our Year 8 and 9 students really enjoyed Botfarm 2014 – Rise of the Appliances. The show conveyed the key elements of dystopia – particularly Orwell’s Animal Farm – in a fun, accessible format. The pop culture references were appreciated, and the physicality of the performance made for lots of humour.

- Canberra Girls’ Grammar School, Canberra, Australia

Contact, show information, booking, invoicing and price excellent. Wonderful literacy links with our curriculum. Kids loved the costumes and the performance. Staff enjoyed the show, particularly how the content could entertain adults as well as students from Prep-Year 6. Our Yr 5/6 teacher commented on the content that related to bullying, cyber bullying, friendship and core values we are trying to teach students. In the past we have had shows to deal explicitly with this but thought The Big Sad Wolf did a better job and was much more entertaining.

- Allansford and District Primary School, Allansford, Victoria