What

Playhouse delivers educational, inspirational, extremely entertaining theatre to over 750 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.

Why

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?

Where

Location, location, location!

basic mapYou can find us all across NZ and most parts of Australia including NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and ACT.

Founded in Christchurch New Zealand, NZ Playhouse began touring New Zealand in 2009, then expanded into Australia in 2012. With more and more Aussies getting involved in the shows, in 2016 we split into New Zealand Playhouse and Australia Playhouse.

In 2015, Playhouse split into two sister companies which perform to their respective countries each year. Both countries get the same great shows, written by the same inspired writers and put together by the same great teams of people from both sides of the ditch.

Current touring schedule Next year's plan

Our Year 8 and 9 students really enjoyed Botfarm 2014 – Rise of the Appliances. The show conveyed the key elements of dystopia – particularly Orwell’s Animal Farm – in a fun, accessible format. The pop culture references were appreciated, and the physicality of the performance made for lots of humour.

- Canberra Girls’ Grammar School, Canberra, Australia

The play was brilliant! All of our students found it very entertaining as did the staff. It was a wonderful display which enhanced our learning in Drama, literature and environmental responsibility. We especially thank you for fitting us in after our school was closed due to flooding on our originally scheduled day.

- Deception Bay, Australia