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.
The show was well suited for our Junior School students, Years 1-6. The pace and dynamics, set, costuming and use of music was all well designed and executed, and the updated “green” content alongside references to classics was cleverly interwoven. Nice energetic performers and the girls enjoyed the interaction with the cast whenever it came up.
- Christchurch, NZ
Our ‘seniors’ were originally sceptical... but absolutely loved the show. Perfectly adapted to the senior girls here and really ‘on their level’ with the banter. Brilliant. The actors were ace guys; who turned up, set up and got on with it... easy to arrange and deal with the entire process from start to finish. Cannot wait for next year... thanks again and well done for a fab show.
- Woodford House, Havelock North