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.

  • The Tortoise and the Hare

    We are pleased to welcome back New Zealand Playhouse for their show The Tortoise and the Hare.

    Those who saw last year’s modern adaptation of Red Robyn Riding Hood will also love The Tortoise and the Hare. 

    After beating the Gingerbread Man in the finals of ‘Who’s the Fastest Of Them All?’ everyone knows The Hare is the undisputed ‘Master of Faster’ and if they don’t they soon will thanks to the Hare’s boasting and gloating about their momentous momentum. In fact, the only creature the harebrained Hare hasn’t beaten in a race is the Tortoise, but why bother when everyone knows it would be a walk-over and a run-over. Or maybe not.

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

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

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  • Chilled

    We are pleased to welcome back New Zealand Playhouse for their show "Chilled".

    Those who saw last year’s modern adaptation of The Tortoise and the Hare will also love Chilled. NZ Playhouse always have the students laughing all the way through, and this play will have the students learning about Antarctica at the same time.

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

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

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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.

  • The Tortoise and the Hare

    We are pleased to welcome a touring theatre company, New Zealand Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    The Tortoise and the Hare is a laugh-a-minute retelling of Aesop's Fable. Some surprise twists from the Gingerbread Man and the Pied Piper of Hamlin will provide a fresh perspective on the classic story, and have the students entertained as they learn about kindness and diversity.

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

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

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  • Chilled

    We are pleased to welcome a touring theatre company, New Zealand Playhouse, to our school for the first time.

    Chilled is a laugh-a-minute story set in Antarctica... so as well as the entertainment, they will learn about the Icy Continent at the same time.

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

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

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Share!

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.