The BFG emailAuditions happening: Saturday 14 December 2019

Show season: 21 March to 4 April 2020.
Directed by Lorna Ashton.

A play by David Wood based on the story by Roald Dahl. The play starts at Sophie’s birthday party when the surprise entertainers do not turn up. Sophie and her family and friends decide that to perform The BFG, her favourite book, will be the entertainment. Sit back and enjoy this exciting production with all the best bits of the book on show. A play for all the family


Ages are an indication only. The Director is open minded and will select the best person for the task.

Character Age  Role Size 
Sohpie 10  Enormous role
Dad, also The BFG Adult Enormous role 
Mum, also The Queen Adult Largish role
Guy, Fleshlumpeater 14+  Large role
Daniel, (Sophie's friend), Head of Army  14+ Large role
Sam (Sophie’s friend), Head of Airforce 14+ Large role
Katherine (Sophie’s friend), Mary   10 to 14 Middling
Rebecca (Sophie’s friend), Undermaid  10 to 14  Middling
Sophie's friend Blood Bottler 11+ Middling
Sophie's friend Child Chewer 11+ Middling
Sophie’s friend Flesh Lump Eater 11+ Middling
Sophie’s friend Gizzard Gulper 11+ Middling
Sophie’s friend Bonecrusher 11+ Middling
Miss Plumbridge, also Queen of Sweden Adult (Dancer)
Headmaster and Mr Tibbs Adult Could be SM
Mr Simpkins Adult Backstage person


All cast are used to move set and make some scene changes.
There will be some dancing and although this is not a wordy script, there is a lot of action.
All children when not acting out their part are part of the party and watching the action taking place.

The 2018 Annual Accounts have been completed and reviewed.  The finalised documents can be viewed at the links below.

Lorna Ashton (treasurer) thanks everyone for their patience for the time it has taken for the review to be completed.

pdficon Management Letter

pdficon Performance Report (Stamped Final Accounts)

pdficon Review Report 

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.

For more details and entry information you can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2019 Frankenstein webAND HERE IT IS.
Our wonderful cast for Playbox first show in 2019.

  • Victor Frankenstein - Chris Lockley
  • Creature M - Vaughan Kilburn
  • Elizabeth - Kate Durie
  • Alphonse / Horst - Ray Powell
  • Henry Clerval - Jason Wing
  • Justine / Creature F - Kat Richmond
  • William - Theo Pollard
  • Dr Waldon / Constable - Stephen White
  • DeLacey - Carl Watkins
  • Capt Robert Walton - Graham Pollard
  • Sailor / Judge - Richard Pinkerton
  • Karl / Guard - Barry Charles

Well done to all those that auditioned. It was certainly a hard job for the selection team. We can't wait to kick off rehearsals for this one.

Happening: Saturday 8th December 2018


Auditions bannerA drama by Bo List based on the Mary Shelley novel.Directed by Lorna Ashton
Performing from 30th March to 13th April 2019

 For further information or to book an audition time – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

There are 18 characters, but some will be doubled.
The ages are a guide only, everyone is encouraged to audition.
The people with multiple roles will also play the villagers.

Victor Frankenstein  20 – 30’s, driven romantic, attractive 
Creature 20+ large, strong, rough and sensitive 
Elizabeth 20 – 30’s beautiful and bright 
Alphonse Frankenstein 50+ also plays the sailor warm and wise Father to Victor and William
Henry Clerval 20 – 30’s Victor’s best friend 
Justine Moritz 30 + plus the female creature, trusted servant and friend to family. 
William Frankenstein 11, Victor’s younger brother 
Doctor Waldman 40 + also plays the Minister and De Lacy, Brilliant and melancholy mentor to Victor. De Lacy blind man that befriends the creature.
Cpt Robert Walton 40 +, ambitious and fearless, captain of the Archangel.
Karl 20 + ruffian also plays the Judge and the Constable
Horst 20 + ruffian also plays a guard


You can download the flyer for this notice by clicking here

The 2017 Annual Accounts have been completed and reviewed.  The finalised documents can be viewed at the links below.

Lorna Ashton (treasurer) thanks everyone for their patience for the time it has taken for the review to be completed and apologises for her wonky left-handed signature :-)

pdficon Review Management Letter and Review Report

pdficon Stamped Final Accounts

VOD2 bannerHappening: Sunday 8th July 2018

The Vicar of Dibley – The Second Coming
Directed by Jane Barnett
Performing from 13-27th October 2018.

More comic madness centred around a boisterous female minister who comes to serve in an eccentric and conservative small town’s church.

The following cast members are required.
(NB some roles are already filled by previous cast members from the Vicar of Dibley season in 2015)

David Horton - Chairman of the Parish Council (50plus)
David is one of those people who enjoys being in charge. He's a Cambridge educated, upper-class.

Hugo Horton (in his 30s)
Poor Hugo is the veritable puppet of his controlling father.

Jim Trott (40plus)
Jim has a very unfortunate stutter, insofar as he precedes almost every statement with "No, no, no, no, no..."..

Plus some minor roles
Mrs Tinker - Alice’s mother (40-70 years)
Mary Tinker - Alice’s sister (20-30 years)

Further character information can be found on

Vicar of Dibley The Second Coming features three acts:

  • The Easter Bunny: With Lent approaching Geraldine suggests that everybody give something and contribute a pound to charity.
  • The Christmas Lunch Incident: Geraldine is so popular that everybody wants her around for Christmas dinner, so she will not be alone – Jim and Frank, Alice and her family, the Hortons and even Owen turns up.
  • The Engagement: Alice complains that Hugo has yet to kiss her so Geraldine urges her to take the initiative.

Please contact Jane Barnett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition time and script pages.

Rehearsals are underway for Peter Pan. We had an amazing number of auditionees through for this show and it was very difficult for the panel to make their selections. I know there were some disappointed people. We hope to see you audition again in the future.

Our cast is as follows:

Peter Pan - Paris Eyeington
Narrator - Graham Pollard
Wendy - Jessica Eyeington
John - Lachlan Braithwaite
Michael - Rhys Mathews
Mr Darling - Adam White
Mrs Darling - Julianne Boyle
Liza - Carina Gombocz
Nana - Glen Matthews

The Lost Boys

Slightly - Ryan Owens
Tootles - Dylan Razmussen
Nibs - Alexander Stokes
Curly - Theo Pollard
1st Twin - Jamie Thomas
2nd Twin - Max Crouchman


Captain Hook - Chris Lockley
Smee - Glen Matthews
Captain Starkey - David Crouchman
Mullins - Richard Pinkerton
Cecco - Adam White


Tigerlily - Meg O’Rouke
Panther - Rosalie Norton


Rebecca Stirling
Carina Gombocz
Anna Crouchman
Mackenzie Johnston
Lucy Stirling

 Peter Pan 2018 web

24hr clock

Happening: 25 ~ 26 May 2018

Commences at 7pm on 25th May at Riverlea Theatre in Studio One to meet, greet and form teams. 

You will be given two props and up to 10 lines of script.

The work continues at 9am on Saturday 26th at Riverlea Theatre.  A roving advisor will be available to guide the competitors.  At 7pm that evening the performances will take place on the Riverlea Theatre stage.

There is a limit of six performances (24 people) for the first year.

If you would like further information about the 24 Hour Play Challenge you can contact Lorna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can download the entry form by clicking here.



our first Annual Awards Ceremony

Date: Monday 12 March 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Riverlea Theatre Hamilton

For further information and nomination forms for committee please contact the secretary Neila by Monday 5 March 2018
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Michael E web


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
For more information or to arrange an audition time please email Ann at
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Poster web

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!

For more information or to arrange an audition time please email Ann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

For more information or to arrange an audition time please email Ann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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The website is far from complete..... there are many things missing and some things broken, we will be attending to these over the coming days and weeks.  Once the majority of the work is complete ad notice will go out via the 'Keep Informed' email list.

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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.

pdficonDirectors Workshop registration form

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.