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50 Shades of Play

50 Shades of Play

Published: 22/09/2017
50 Shades of Grey swept the world into a fluster and kicked kink culture into the mainstream. Now, to sweep Christchurch into a fluster, The Court Theatre is bringing David Ives’ Venus in Fur onto the mainstage.

Hands Up to See Ducklings!

Hands Up to See Ducklings!

Published: 19/09/2017
There’s going to be a real quack-up these school holidays. The Ugly Duckling is flocking to The Court Theatre as a fully-fledged puppet show.

New Pasifika Work Takes Fresh Look at Samoan Traditions

New Pasifika Work Takes Fresh Look at Samoan Traditions

Published: 15/08/2017
Born and raised in New Zealand, Lui has big dreams for his future that don’t involve his Samoan roots. But Lui’s father has hopes for his son that are steeped deeply in tradition.

Big Hair, Big Heart

Big Hair, Big Heart

Published: 11/08/2017
The ’80s were a time of bright coloured sweatshirts, shoulder pads, leg warmers, mullets and big hair. It was a time without the internet, without Facebook, text messages and Skype. There was no screen to hide behind or multiple channels of long-distance communication. Instead, women congregated in their local hair salon with their neighbours and friends. They shared tea, hair styles and gossip. They supported one another and shared each other’s joy and pain.

Christchurch Hosts Clash for Comedy Conquest

Christchurch Hosts Clash for Comedy Conquest

Published: 02/08/2017
New Zealand is having its first National Theatresports Championships in almost two decades. The best and bravest improvisers from around the country will do battle at The Court Theatre in September. Over four nights, competitors will fight to be crowned the most fearless, fastest, and funniest Theatresports team in Aotearoa.

A Feast of Māori and Pasifika Theatre at The Court Theatre

A Feast of Māori and Pasifika Theatre at The Court Theatre

Published: 28/07/2017
Māori and Pasifika voices are ready to fill The Court Theatre. From 4-12 August, the theatre will welcome writers and performers from Ōtautahi for a Māori and Pasifika Festival.

A vision for bringing the performing arts to life in central Christchurch

A vision for bringing the performing arts to life in central Christchurch

Published: 27/07/2017
The heart of our city is getting better all the time. I'm going to describe an extraordinary plan. It is a ground-breaking vision for the performing arts in Christchurch that will transform an entire city quarter.

The Court Theatre recognised for opening its doors to diversity

The Court Theatre recognised for opening its doors to diversity

Published: 07/07/2017
The Court Theatre’s focus on working with communities and opening its doors to new, diverse audiences in Christchurch was recognised in Parliament when it received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts for All Award 2017.

Songs for Ali

Songs for Ali

Published: 12/06/2017
By any standards, Melbourne-based playwright Joanna Murray-Smith is a prolific writer, with more than 20 plays to her name. It is her regret that she is “one of only three [Australian] playwrights to make a living and whose work is done overseas.”

Proceed to Chekhov

Proceed to Chekhov

Published: 15/05/2017
In the 32 years that I have been an actor, a director, a playwright, an improviser and a teacher of improvisation I thought my thinking had been predominantly underscored by one dramatist: Shakespeare… obviously.

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