Bernard Street, Addington | Freephone 0800 333 100 | Box Office 03 963 0870

Nau mai, haere mai!

Welcome! Welcome to The Court Theatre Education Programme. It’s packed full of exciting opportunities to engage, participate, and have fun.

Upskill... engage... educate

Improvisation Classes

Explore and develop skills and techniques in improvisation, learning from The Court Jesters, the talent behind Australasia’s longest-running comedy show.

Professional Development-Masterclass

Master Classes Want the chance to upskill? We offer a full range of  Master Classes for practitioners wanting to stay sharp and up to date with current theatre processes.

Theatresports in Schools

School teams of up to six perform scenes and games based on audience suggestions, scored by a judging panel of The Court Jesters.


Film clips, education resources, photos, blog posts and information to help teachers and students in their learning around theatre appreciation, performance and technical theatre.

Professional Development

Engage in master classes, apply for internships and work experience and find out ways to develop your own practice.


Recruited from local schools, the Ambassadors see shows, make contact with industry professionals, and share their love of theatre with others.

Youth Crew

Students are taught by a variety of professionals across the field and will receive the training required to operate safely under supervision in entry level roles.

The Court Youth Company

Be exposed to different skills and theatre making processes, work towards the practical application of these skills and mounting two annual public performances.

School Holiday Programme

A creative way to spend the holidays - a week-long intensive holiday programmes designed to develop confidence, teamwork skills and challenging imaginations.
Duets - 10-12 December 2015

Drama Classes

An opportunity for children and young people to develop performance and creative thinking skills. Each class runs for 8 weeks plus an end of term showcase.

 Getting into Acting

The Cast of That Bloody Woman talk about how they started their acting and musical careers, and who were the inspirations for their characters.

Working With Wigs

Wig Specialist Sarah Greenwood chats about her work on the wigs for The Court Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors.

Writing NZ Plays

New Zealand playwright Pip Hall describes how she wrote Ache, a modern love story about timing and seizing the day.

Set Design

Mark McEntyre talks about the set design for The Court Theatre’s production of ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’.

Inform... immerse... enjoy

Relaxed Performances: one parent’s view

By Fiona Mckenzie Going to new places for potentially exciting events (Crowds! Lights! Music! Performance!) isn’t exactly relaxing for some...

The Great Kate Chase

Join us for an exciting fun day for family and friends discovering Addington’s links to Kate Sheppard and the suffrage movement.

Kua haere nga Pirihimana ki Waitaha ki te Kooti: Canterbury Police goes to Court

Canterbury Police decided to go out of the station (and the District on one occasion) to obtain some assistance in putting together its social...

How The Court Hooked Michael Hurst

As he prepares to direct King Lear for the second time, Michael Hurst tells Elisabeth Easther that the Bard had him hooked from the moment he saw...