2019 Frankenstein webSeason: 30 March ~ 13 April 2019

A drama by Bo List based on the Mary Shelley novel.
Directed by Lorna Ashton

Walton is a failed writer and captain who sets out to explore the North Pole and expand his scientific knowledge in hopes of achieving fame. During the voyage, the crew spots a dog sled driven by a gigantic figure. A few hours later, the crew rescues a nearly frozen and emaciated man named Victor Frankenstein.

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24hr clockHappening: 26 ~ 27 April 2019

For the second year we are running our 24 Hour Play Challenge. This was such a huge success last year and what the teams produced was amazing. See our website for entry forms now and make sure you are part of this event. Entries are limited so don’t delay.

• Minimum entry 3 performers/director. Maximum entry 6 performers/director/technical.
• Two props and 10 lines of text provided. All additional text must be original. Music source will be available to use, free of copyright and charge. All entrants must pay $5 at time of entry.
• First Meeting 7pm Friday 26th April at Riverlea Theatre to receive the props and text introduction and some advice.
• Saturday 9am until about 5pm you have time to create and rehearse an 8 – 12 minute play. You will be given rehearsal space and a roving advisor, Michael Switzer, will be on hand to guide competitors.
• At 5pm Saturday each team will be given a 10 minute technical on stage.
• At 7pm there will be a public performance with door sales only, (ticket price $10 includes supper). The plays will be adjudicated by Steven Arnold.

Adjudicator: Steven Arnold
Steven is a theatre loving teacher, who lives in Auckland. His theatre qualifications include: Accredited Adjudicator; ANZDA; NZTF Council Member; BA in drama from University of Canterbury; LTCL – Teaching Speech and Drama; LSB – Performance in Speech and Drama; ASB – Public Speaking; Grade 8 – Choral Speaking.

Steven has worked as a director, actor, and backstage with the technical crew. He adores the moment just before his first cue; the lights, the music, the tension! It is wonderful to have a hobby that attracts so many creative people. Curtains up everybody, its story time! It is so much fun.

Advisor: Michael Switzer
Michael has been "doing theatre" in Hamilton for over twenty years. In that time he has acted, directed, produced and written plays of all types. His most recent play, "One Hill of a Fight," about the forces that shaped Hamilton in the 1930's and how they still resonate today, ran for two seasons at the Meteor in 2017. Michael is very pleased to be a part of the 24 Hour Play Challenge. This is exactly the type of stimulus that generates exciting, fresh ideas and helps to foster the next generation of actors, directors and playwrights.

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theatre new zealand logo headerHappening: 7 ~ 9 June 2019

Hamilton Playbox will be hosting a local competition in June this year. All successful participants will progress to the Regional and then if lucky enough to the Nationals in Wellington. Details will be out early next year.

2019 TLTWATW webSeason: 6 ~ 20 July 2019

An adaption by Joseph Robinette from C.S. Lewis.
Directed by Coryn Knapper

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.

2019 DialMForMurder webSeason: 12 ~ 26 October 2019

Written by Frederick Knott, based on the Alfred Hitchcock crime mystery.
Directed by Jason Wing

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot, murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday, he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.