Playhouse delivers educational, inspirational, extremely entertaining theatre to over 750 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.
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?
Meet the Playhouse team
Owner, Director and head honcho of all things
Writer, Director, Artistic Overseer
Tour Bookings Manager, Schedule Set-er-Up-er
Playhouse Tour Coordinator
Richard van den Berg
Set, Props and Stock Master
The Touring Troupe of Actors
Location, location, location!
You can find us all across NZ and most parts of Australia including NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and ACT.
Founded in Christchurch New Zealand, NZ Playhouse began touring New Zealand in 2009, then expanded into Australia in 2012. With more and more Aussies getting involved in the shows, in 2016 we split into New Zealand Playhouse and Australia Playhouse.
In 2015, Playhouse split into two sister companies which perform to their respective countries each year. Both countries get the same great shows, written by the same inspired writers and put together by the same great teams of people from both sides of the ditch.
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
We thought the actors were stunning, skilled and very approachable. Loved the interaction with the school – super behaviour management techniques! Your resources are fabulous – excellent that they link to the curriculum and are at different levels. Greg Cooper wrote a super play! The students at different levels/age understood and enjoyed it (so did the teachers!!) It was fun, entertaining and educational.
- Waverley Park School, Invercargill