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 thoroughly enjoy your shows. As a full primary (5-12 yr olds) it is important that all the students are connected with, and you can do this so well. The shows are relevant and pertinent to the kids. We love your mix of music and dance, and the way you involve the kids with this – getting them up and participating. I looked at the faces of those 12 year olds and they were all grinning! Clever use of props too! Such a positive theatrical experience for the kids!
- Weston School, Oamaru
We thought the show was fabulously entertaining and funny. It had something for everyone.The humour was simple, innocent and genuine. We laughed the whole way through and came away inspired by very creative people. The actors were very clever and polished and were very respectful to the children.They listened to everyone and managed the pace of the show and responses beautifully. A great show. Well done!!!!
- Penbank School, Melbourne