Our Past Productions

Birthrights     2017

By David Williamson

A smart, funny bittersweet Australian play about surrogate parenthood, and the complications that follow when the two women involved are sisters.

The play is set in Sydney and covers a period of some 20 years from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The six characters are played by several faces familiar at Titirangi Theatre (Francene McIlroy, Sue Golding, Ella Bernstone), and several new ones (Rachel Bock, Ashton Brown, Zac Clarke). Rachel trained and performed in theatre in Sydney, Zac performed in Brisbane, and more recently in Auckland, and Ashton is a home-grown product, trained in acting at Unitec and now a teacher of drama.

Designed to keep the audience very much off-balance, the play is a beautifully-written and compelling drama, with strong comedic elements, and impelled by strong socio/political comment.

At the play’s outset Helen discovers she is sterile. In an act of off-the-cuff generosity, Claudia offers to bear an IVF child on Helen’s behalf, with Mark as the father. Inevitably, human emotions (especially around parenthood) are unpredictable and complications ensue.

Originally a professional actor from way back, Sian Davis, the play’s director, has had wide experience in directing throughout Auckland’s community theatres, from the North Shore to Howick. Her previous production at Titirangi, several years back, was of Roger Hall's play Who Wants to be 100?, staged in Portage Road.

Always appreciative of a real challenge, Sian embraces the chance to engage with this intelligent and multilayered play.

Ghosts     2017

Ibsen - Ghosts directed by Liz Watkinson
By Henrik Ibsen

In a remote Norwegian village, an orphanage is built in the memory of Helene Alving’s late husband, precipitating a crisis that raises the ghosts of the past in the lives of all involved.

A powerful and thought-provoking exploration of morals and conventions. Ghosts was written by Ibsen 135 years ago, but the story and characters are still intensely relevant today. A recent London production won a string of Olivier awards, including the award for best revival, and our production uses this translation of the text. Rescued from the wordiness of Ibsen’s original play, Ghosts is a fast-paced and gripping drama.

The play is directed by Liz Watkinson, who has been deeply involved with Titirangi Theatre for many years. Her last production with us was last year's Little Gem.

The Titirangi Theatre season runs from 6 June to 17 June.

The Vicar of Dibley     2017

The Vicar of Dibley
By Ian Gower from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer

All of your favourite characters from the hugely popular TV series - Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine, will be onstage to create an evening of laughs.
When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman in his place. Geraldine battles to win over the sceptical parish council and celebrate the wedding of Alice Tinker and Hugo Horton.
Bookings are now open!

Red Riding Hood And The Three Pigs     2016

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By Chris Lane

Evening shows at 7.30pm; Matinées Saturday 26 Nov and 3 Dec at 2pm; Sunday 27 Nov shows at 12 noon and 4pm*; All shows $20 & $15, Gold Card on both Wednesdays $10.

Note: evening shows are earlier than usual, starting at 7.30pm.

*Come early on Sunday 27th November and Saturday 3rd December, as parking may be hard to find due to the Titirangi Market and Glow Festival respectively.

There are so many in the family that poor old Mum has to call them by what they are wearing – such as 'Little Red Riding Hood' and older sister 'BIG Red Riding Hood'. To make things worse the neighbours are three pigs who have just finished building their own ‘Grand Design’ homes next door, Grandmother has taken to her bed and has to have meals delivered – and now there is a wolf who is always hungry and will eat anything – and anyone.

And on top of this the Royal Palace want to redevelop the whole area – but the Prince IS rather handsome! Maybe not all bad news?

Traditional Panto with humour for all the family.

Michael Hurst in No Holds Bard     2016

No Holds Bard
By Michael Hurst, Natalie Medlock & Dan Musgrove

Do you know what happens to old actors?

Nothing. They’re still acting.

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an ageing thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final dark night of the soul.

The problem is, his demons are crazier than he is.

Michael Hurst brings years of craft and consummate skill to this glorious tour de force, in which four of Shakespeare’s greatest creations come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man.

“Tights, paranoia and blank verse combine in this rare performance by a mature actor in complete control of his craft.”
- Stagewhispers, Canberra

Little Gem     2016

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By Elaine Murphy

Life, death, birth and salsa classes. Three generations of women, one extraordinary year.

Happy-go-lucky Amber, fresh out of school, is high on life, double sambucas and boyfriend Paul. That is until her indigestion starts. Her mother Lorraine attacks a customer at work and now she's seeing a 'head doctor.' She's told to do one nice thing for herself each week. Time to sign up for salsa classes.

Meanwhile Grandmother Kay is finding life on the wrong side of sixty frustrating. Husband, Gem, is sick and not very communicative, but she's missing more than just his conversation. And if all that wasn't bad enough, Little Gem makes his appearance and life is never the same again.

'An emotive booze-up of sorrow, precarious joy and inappropriate laughter.'
- Time Out.

Some language and content may offend.

Messiah On The Frigidaire     2016

By John Culbertson

The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park.

The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front-page headlines, their trailer park becomes a Mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda.

At the urging of the towns business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes. Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural south.

In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways.

Cushion Theatre     2016


April's Cushion Theatre Programme is:

Welfare by Alan Williamson with Ariel Hubbert and Karen Soulje
Mandalay by Rudjard Kipling with Nikunj Majithia
Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett with Jerome Scott
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll with Alan Williamson
Elephants by Alan Williamson with Boko Great, Jason (JB) Woolston and Richard McFadgen

Wyrd Sisters     2016

By Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there—a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril.

And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, selfopinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

Life & Beth     2015

By Alan Aykbourn

It's Christmas, and Beth is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband Gordon. Her family come to stay determined she should have a stress free time, but their intentions are short lived.

Only David the local Vicar provides Beth with comfort, but he unwittingly summons Gordon's ghost who becomes just as overbearing to Beth now as he was in life. This bewitching and clever yuletide comedy has been called Ayckbourne's homage to Blythe Spirit.

Abelard + Heloise     2015

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By Ronald Millar

The nine hundred year old love affair between Abelard, the 12th century philosopher and theologian and his student Heloise continues to inspire and move us.

A powerful cautionary tale for our time screaming to us from across the centuries to reason and to question!

Heroes     2015

By Tom Stoppard

It's the bittersweet story of three WW1 comrades cooped up in a country home for veterans. They bicker, banter and reminisce while hatching a plan to escape to Indochina. Or maybe just as far as the poplars at the top of the hill, taking the dog statue along with them.

Both funny and sad, this award winning play provides eighty minutes of brilliant theatre.

A Shortcut To Happiness     2015

By Roger Hall

Cinderella     2014

By Chris Lane

Fawlty Towers     2014

By John Cleese and Connie Booth

The God Of Carnage     2014

By Yasmina Reza

Kings Of The Gym     2014

By Dave Armstrong

Who Wants To Be 100?     2013

By Roger Hall

Measure For Measure     2013

By William Shakespeare

On Golden Pond     2013

By Ernest Thompson

Sweeney Todd     2013

By Anton Rosser

The Mousetrap     2012

By Agatha Christie

Some Girls     2012

By Neil LaBute

Merchant Of Venice     2012

By William Shakespeare

Four Flat Whites in Italy     2012

By Roger Hall

My Three Angels     2011

By Sam and Bella Spewack

The Women     2011

By Clare Boothe Luce

Terra Nova     2011

By Ted Tally

And The Winner Is...     2011

By Mitch Albom

Dick Whittington & Bob the Cat     2010

By Adam Fresco

One Act Plays     2010

By James K Baxter

As You Like It     2010

By William Shakespeare

The School For Scandal     2010

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Pack Of GIrls     2010

By David Geary

The Sleeper     2009

By Catherine Butterfield

The Bellbird     2009

By Stephen Sinclair

The Deep Blue Sea     2009

By Terence Rattigan

A Month Of Sundays     2009

By Bob Larbey

A Midsummer Night's Dream     2008

By William Shakespeare

Hawaiian Pixie     2007

By Katherine Parks

Serial Killers     2007

By James Griffin

Teeth & Smiles     2007

By David Hare

Bouncers     2007

By John Godbers

Gulls     2007

By Robert Hewett

Rain     2006

By John Colton, Clemence Randolph

A Time For Farewells     2003

By Damian Trasler

Smitten     2003

By Mark Mathews and Anna Stillaman

Social Climbers     2000

By Roger Hall


By Tom Stoppard


By Brian Friel

Romeo And Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Secret Bridesmaids' Business

By Elizabeth Coleman

Separate Tables

By Terence Rattigan


By A R Gurney

Taking Off

By Roger Hall

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

By Debbie Isitt

Torch Song Trilogy

By Harvey Fierstein
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