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.
We always have a wonderful time when the New Zealand Playhouse comes to visit. This year was outstanding! We loved that the humour appealed to all ages with a storyline that all of our children could understand, and relate to. So much energy and enthusiasm on the stage and the singing was wonderful.
- Alexandra, NZ
Students and staff alike enjoyed this show. The sheer energy, delivery and inclusion of many aspects (audience participation, soapies, current affairs) made the show really enjoyable. The actors had great skill and worked the audience well. Top stuff NZ!!!!
- Huonville High School, Tasmania