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.
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
The play was delightful. Well written so it appealed to a wide range, it had the adults chuckling away and the juniors were enthralled. The actors did a great job. The set design and props were colourful and helped tell the story. Communication with organisers was clear and timely.
- Hampton Hill School, Wellington