Presenter Profile

New Zealand Playhouse


Hello! We’re New Zealand Playhouse. We visit over 750 schools each year (over 150,000 students) across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, we'll be touring Tasmania and Victoria in Term 3 (a great way to tie in with Book Week!)

We believe in making theatre super fun, fully interactive and engaging, while providing a magical theatrical experience that will inspire your students long after we’ve gone.

And it's easy for you: simple to book, support material is provided, logistics run smoothly, space requirements are not difficult and our actors (and support staff) are easy to work with.

If you haven’t had us visit yet, why not do just that so you can experience for yourself just how cool, fun and exciting our incursions are for your students and your fellow teachers!

Company History

We’ve been touring primary and secondary schools since 2009. Our formula is to bring the best actors and creative forces in Australia and New Zealand together to create a play that is funny (for all ages), educational and inspiring – and what many schools have told us is the best theatre experience they have had.

Listen to what other teachers have said about our incursions:

“What a fantastic presentation! the students were laughing and enjoying themselves the entire time; even those who thought that they were going to be bored! I don’t even think they realised that they were learning as they watched. Thank you so much for the great experience." (Heritage College, VIC)

"Many companies claim to appeal to teenagers and teach at the same time as entertain but very few can do it. NZ playhouse do and do it incredibly well. Our students (and staff) loved it. One of the best incursions we’ve had. Brilliant experience: insightful, entertaining, inclusive and hilarious. Thanks so much!" (Geelong College, VIC)

"What an amazing performance!! The actors were very engaging and the students (and teachers) loved it. It was so easy to book and communication could not be faulted, resulting in the whole experience running smoothly. Thank you to the actors, who were not only very polite, but professional and incredibly entertaining. Thank you so much, we can't wait to have you back again!" (Kellyville Public, NSW)

"The show was absolutely brilliant! [The students] were captivated by the performance, which shows the calibre of your actors to entertain such a wide age range. We will book your company again. Thank you." (South Hobart Primary, TAS)

"Thank you, once again, for an entertaining and hilarious show. Both students and teachers found the whole performance engaging and the actors were incredibly accommodating when answering our students questions. Many students spoke favourably about the show and were able to discuss the lessons embedded in the story line. Staff continued to laugh about the corny one-liners in the staff room for days after. Thank you." (Balgownie Public, NSW)

"This was a brilliantly scripted, amazingly performed piece of theatre magic!! I can't believe the whole show fitted into the back of a van! Students and teachers alike had a rollicking good time with plenty of laughs , and I loved the way the show involved all students k-6 on one level or another whether it was the pure energy of the performers or the underlying message involved. Again, thank you for entertaining and educating us at the same time..we'll definitely see you next year!" (Bungendore Public, NSW)

"The actors were very friendly and the children adored them - thank you!" (Heidelberg Primary, VIC)

"Wow! What an amazing show! They were so entertaining, the students were hooked from the start. One of the best performances I have booked in a long time. I would definitely recommend this show to other schools. Brilliant!" (VIC)

"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!!!!"(Huonville school, TAS)

Further Information

Why choose us?
  • Our performances are short, snappy, interactive and fun! We will grab your students' attention and keep it!
  • Our actors are experienced, hilarious and student focused.
  • Our scripts have been written by the best playwrights specifically for schools.
  • We also supply complementary resources for integrating into the classroom.

Join the 700 (and growing) schools that we perform to each year! You won’t be disappointed!

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