Resources for Teachers

Each year we write the plays, prepare the actors, make the costumes and set and tour our troupe around the country so that your school can have fantastic theatre in your own environment. As well as the performances, we also provide you, the teachers, with lesson plans and ideas so that you can more easily incorporate the performance into your lesson planning.

Hey, also, if you've got questions, give us a buzz or check out the FAQ page!

  • Relevant

    the plays are student-focused and meaningful

  • Engaging

    the plays have students (and teachers) laughing and interacting from start to finish

  • Customised

    we tailor to your students and your space

  • Saves time

    we provide teacher’s packs to integrate the performance into your learning plans

  • Budget friendly

    fantastic competitive value for you

The Resources

These booklets will help you prepare your students for the show and make the most of the performance including follow-up lessons for reinforcement and further extension of your students. Ask us to post you some posters, or if you're in a hurry you can use your school's printer to print the poster to put up in your staff room etc to remind people that we're coming.

They are curriculum based and designed to help you incorporate our performance into your lesson planning. There are lessons in a range of curriculum areas including Literacy and English, Drama, Health and even Numeracy or Maths. They also include some great websites to visit for more information and resources.

Telling your school families

It’s helpful to promote our arrival to your colleagues, students and parents so they are prepared for our arrival. You may want to copy this text into an email, an e-newsletter or your school website. Please find below two different versions of a suggested insert – one for schools who have had Playhouse before and one for when Playhouse is performing for the first time.

When you've had us before...

Helpful e-newsletter inserts for those who have had Playhouse perform before.

  • Shakespeare: As You Write It

    We are pleased to welcome back NZ/Australia Playhouse for their current show Shakespeare: As You Write It.

    Shakespeare: As You Write It is an hilarious interactive tribute to the plays of William Shakespeare. Three fantastic Playhouse actors will chat to the students and create a unique play based on suggestions from the audience, as if Shakespeare had written it himself. Their improv is talented and funny and the material has been refreshed so students who have already seen the show will enjoy this re-make.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website – [link to nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.com.au]

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  • Puss in Boots: Pet Detective

    We are pleased to welcome back NZ/Australia Playhouse for their current show Puss in Boots: Pet Detective.

    Those who saw last year’s modern adaptation of #TheFairestOfThemAll will also love Puss in Boots. It’s the crime of the century that’s too much to bear. Bear-boy-band singing sensation Baby Bear has been kidnapped! When a ransom note is discovered asking for an unlimited supply of ‘Just Right Porridge’ all hands and paws point straight at Goldilocks. But Detective Boots will show you why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. 

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.com.au].

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  • Great Scott Fitzgerald!

    We are pleased to welcome back NZ/Australia Playhouse for their current show Great Scott Fitzgerald!

    This year, Playhouse is bringing the 1920s around New Zealand and Australia, as they tell the story of The Great Gatsby with a massive dose of humour, honesty and insight. In this hilarious production, bad wigs, pop culture references and jubilant jazz hands will engage the students as they learn about what makes The Great Gatsby such an enduring 20th-century classic.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website – [link to nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.com.au]

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  • Red Riding Robyn Hood

    We are pleased to welcome back NZ/Australia Playhouse for their current show Red Riding Robyn Hood.

    Those who saw last year’s modern adaptation of Puss in Boots will also love Red Riding Robyn Hood. Playhouse always have the students laughing all the way through, and this play will challenge the students to think about traditional gender roles, bravery and standing up for what's right.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.com.au].

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If this is your first time with us...

Here is a helpful e-newsletter insert for your school magazine or website for those who have not had Playhouse perform before.

  • Shakespeare: As You Write It

    We are pleased to welcome a touring drama company, NZ/Australia Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    Shakespeare: As You Write It is a hilarious interactive tribute to the plays of William Shakespeare. Three fantastic Playhouse actors will chat to the students and create a unique Shakespeare-styled play. Their improv is talented and funny and makes Shakespeare come alive.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.co.nz].

    View complete text

  • Puss in Boots: Pet Detective

    We are pleased to welcome a touring drama company, NZ/Australia Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    This year's touring show is Puss in Boots: Pet Detective. It’s the crime of the century that’s too much to bear. Bear-boy-band singing sensation Baby Bear has been kidnapped! When a ransom note is discovered asking for an unlimited supply of ‘Just Right Porridge’ all hands and paws point straight at Goldilocks. But Detective Boots will show you why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. 

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.co.nz].

    View complete text

  • Great Scott Fitzgerald!

    We are pleased to welcome a touring drama company, NZ/Australia Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    This year, Playhouse is bringing the 1920s around New Zealand and Australia, as they tell the story of The Great Gatsby with a massive dose of humour, honesty and insight. In this hilarious production, bad wigs, pop culture references and jubilant jazz hands will engage the students as they learn about what makes The Great Gatsby such an enduring 20th-century classic.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.co.nz].

    View complete text

  • Red Riding Robyn Hood

    We are pleased to welcome a touring drama company, NZ/Australia Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    Playhouse is touring the play "Red Riding Robyn Hood" across New Zealand and Australia. As well as being a laugh-a-minute comedy, this play will challenge the students to think about traditional gender roles, bravery and standing up for what's right.

    Playhouse will be coming to us on [Day, Date].

    To see what people have said about Playhouse and their current or past shows, visit their website [nzplayhouse.co.nz or australiaplayhouse.co.nz]. 

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If you've enjoyed our shows, we’d love you to share about us with your friends, fellow teachers, school suppliers and so on. If you’ve taken photos during the shows, please share them on Facebook and tag us in it.