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.
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
Richard van den Berg
Set, Props and Stock Master
The Touring Troupe of Actors
Location, location, location!
You 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.
Staff and students alike were very impressed with the show. The subject was an excellent choice and hit exactly the right level for our students. The cast was professional and friendly. I was particularly impressed with the many spontaneous interactions with our students whenever they were unexpectedly on stage with you or added some new lines to the script! Thank you for accommodating our children’s enthusiasm to get up and dance with you. Please come again.
- Brisbane, Australia
I have been teaching 24 years, it was the best school show I have seen in that time. The delivery was engaging and professional. I loved the way it engaged the audience at different levels – even the teachers found it hilarious! Well done on a fantastic show. (all our staff were unanimous, as were the children)
- Botany Downs School, Auckland