It is with great sadness that Hamilton Playbox announces the passing of our Patron Michael Easther.

Michael has been involved in theatre for more than 80 years and became our Patron in 2010. He attended every performance and event at Riverlea Theatre and loved seeing the young actors develop their skills.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family.

The memorial service for Michael will be held at Riverlea Theatre at 2.30pm on Saturday the 17th of February.

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Noises Off

Written by Michael Frayn

Directed by Lawrie Johnson

Auditions Saturday 15th July 2017
at Riverlea Theatre, Riverlea Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton

Season 30th September to 14th October 2017
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Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.

This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages:
- dress rehearsal,
- the opening performance, and
- a performance towards the end of a debilitating run.

It is a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!

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Some actors play two characters, one on-stage character and one off-stage character.


Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clacket: 50s - 60s +
(Off stage Dotty) A late-to middle aged once successful, forgetful actress. Dating Garry, though she attempts to make him jealous by meeting with Freddy. (On Stage Character: Mrs. Clackett): A Cockney Housekeeper for the Brent's home in England. Hospitable, though slow.

Brooke Ashton / Vicki: Early - late 20s,+
(Off Stage: Brooke) A young inexperienced actress Pays no attention to other performers, either in performance or backstage. She seems as though she is not really present – like she is somewhere else inside her head. Is always losing her contact lenses. One-third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle. (On Stage Character: Vicki): An English woman who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger.

Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent: Late 30s - 40s, +
(Off stage Belinda): Cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress. She may have feelings for Freddy. (On Stage Character: Flavia Brent): Phillip Brent's English wife. She is dependable, though not one for household duties.

Poppy Norton-Taylor: 20s - 40s,
Stage Manager. Emotional, over-sensitive, and envious of Brooke, whom she understudies. Carrying Lloyd's child. One-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.


Lloyd Dallas: Late 30s - 60s,
The director of the play, Nothing On. He is very temperamental. One third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.

Garry Lejeune / Roger: Late 30s - 40s,
(Off stage: Garry) An actor who never finishes a sentence. Always is completing sentences with, "you know..." Easily fired up, repeatedly tries to attack Freddy after believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Freddy. Speech affectations disappear onstage but are ever present offstage. Dating Dotty. (On Stage Character: Roger): An English Real estate agent who is attempting to rent Flavia's and Phillip's home, but uses it for his own personal benefit.

Frederick Fellows /Phillip Brent / Sheikh: 40s,+
(Off stage: Freddy) An actor with a serious fear of violence and blood. Gets nosebleeds easily. Often questions the meaning of his lines and moves. Blames himself often for things going wrong. (On Stage Character: Phillip Brent): An Englishman who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes. He enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue, he will lose most of the year's income. (On Stage Character: Sheikh): A Middle-Eastern, Interested in renting Flavia's and Phillip's home and is the spitting image of Phillip.

Selsdon Mowbray / Burglar: 60s - 70s,
(Off Stage: Selsdon Mowbray): An elderly alcoholic Englishman who hides his bottles onstage. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he passes out. Is hard of hearing when he wants to be. (On Stage Character: Burglar): Old Cockney man in his seventies, breaking into the Brent's home.

Timothy Allgood: 20s - 50s,
An overworked stage manager, carpenter and anything else that needs to be done for the touring production of Nothing On. He is chronically exhausted and sleep-deprived. He understudies the roles played by Selsdon and Freddy

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There has been a good interest in this so looking forward to see who the lucky ones are that get to have fun putting this show on. This production will need some keen helpers for backstage, set building etc. If you are interested please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AGMThe Hamilton Playbox AGM is coming up! Mark it on you calendar: March 6 2017 at 7pm. Come along and support your club, we welcome everyone.

We are looking for new committee members so if you would like to be involved please come along and find out how you can join, we would love to see you.

AGM will be held in the Riverlea Theatre Lounge.

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pb eml logoHappening: 18 March 2017

Hamilton Playbox are hosting a Directors Workshop to be held on Saturday 18th March. It involves a morning session, a break for lunch (provided) and then an afternoon session. To enrol for the workshop please state your name, experience eg. never directed, directed less than 10 productions or more than 10 and contact details in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or reply to this email). The cost of the Directors Workshop will be $10 for Playbox Members and $15 for anyone else who would like to attend. This fee will cover the theatre hire, travel and lunch expenses.

Participants need to bring one object – anything will do; the task will be that someone else needs to direct using this object (all will be explained later); and you will direct using someone else’s!

Steven Arnold has a BA in drama, LTCL and LSB in speech and drama, currently chair of Theatre New Zealand.

He has an interest in directing as storytelling as key to our lives, and communication. By day he is a school teacher (Principal / lecturer too) and loves the idea that story telling is the heart of directing. Steven has engaged with over 50 community theatre productions; from technical, devising, writing, directing, acting, singing, dancing and so on.

Steven has received a TNZ scholarship for directing, and has been awarded for acting and performance.

It should be fun. We will be directing each other, and workshopping and having cups of tea.

Participants might be new to directing – and very keen, or a seasoned hand seeking some new inputs.

For those wanting to stay on Hamilton Playbox is also having a fun quiz night in the evening. There will be a small cover charge of $2 per person for the quiz night.

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pb eml logoAuditions for The Witches will be held at Riverlea Theatre on 22 January from 1pm.

The Witches is based on the story by Roald Dahl, with stage adaptation by David Wood. The story starts just north of Oslo when the boy is orphaned and goes to stay with his Grandmother. She tells him about the history of witches.

The boy and Grandma go on holiday to Bournemouth on the coast of England and that is where the boy meets Bruno and their fate is sealed. They are staying at the Hotel Magnificent where the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is being held.

Parts available are:
Grandmother - Lovely role for an older woman
Grand Witch - Lead role. Tall Statuesque - any age
Witch One - Any age, some dialogue
Witch Two - Any age, some dialogue
Maid/Witch Act II - Any age, some dialogue
Mrs Jenkins - Mother of Bruno
3 or 4 other Witches - One of these may be the filmed for a storytelling segment. One of these will be the tree witch
All have some dialogue. Need to be dexterous with quick change of masks

Boy - Gentle, lead role - becomes a mouse
Bruno - Plumpish, tough guy - becomes a mouse
Lawyer/Head Waiter - Lovely cameo roles. Head Waiter needs to be able to move
Sailor/Head Chef - Another lovely cameo role. Needs to be able to move
Doctor/2nd Chef - Yet another cameo role. Needs to be able to move
Doorman - And another cameo role. Needs to be able to move
Mr Jenkins - Brash, any age
Frog - Voice only probably one of the male actors

To make an audition please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the role and time you would like. You will receive a return email with your audition piece and confirmation of time.