The Supermarket Sisterhood

By Devon Williamson & directed by Ross Jordan Dates: 27th July – 5th August 2017 All is not well at Discount Co. The suburban supermarket has seen better days and, ominously, the long-time owner has just sold out to a bean-counting accountant who has fresh ideas on how to turn a profit. It is all going to have a serious impact on the lives of the checkout chicks - doyenne Barbara, the neurotic Michelle, and Indian migrant Aisha. When the new owner - who is only ever heard intoning i...
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Oh What a Lovely War

A musical drama by Joan Littlewood, Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast. Staged: June 2016 @ Newlands Community Centre. 14 players. Director Ewen Coleman, Musical Director Anne Megget. Ewen Coleman's management of the numerous vignettes and excerpts of life in England during the war, and on the battle front in places like the Somme and Passchendale, captured the highs and lows of the time. The music of the war era was brought to life by Mus...
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Social Climbers

A Comedy by Roger Hall Staged: June 2006 @ Newlands Innkeeper Building Theatre. 7 Players Directed by Pat Moran. Five women and girls are trapped in a hiking hut high in the mountains. Torrential rains and a washed out bridge confines them together for three days. Two days in and all's well...three days in, not so much - no happy campers. Centre- Pat Moran Director
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Weed

A Comedy by Anthony McCarten Staged: November 2006 @ Newlands Innkeeper Building Theatre. 8 Players Directed by Barry Lakeman. Henry Donavan is being forced into the mortgagee sale of his farm, Jack Riorden has been fired up by a marketing conference they've both attended, so they decide to grow a crop of marijuana. 20 year old Terry, a woman Henry met in Wellington, turns up and Jack enlists the aid of his nephew, Hugh.
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Take a Chance on Me

A Comedy by Roger Hall Staged: July/August 2007 @ Nwlds Innkeeper Bldg Theatre. 9 Players Directed by Brent Dawson. "None of them ever thought it would come to this. That they would pay money to go to a dinner, solely for the chance to meet someone. They’ve all brought with them the baggage of failure, pain, hurt, rejection. Tonight-in their eyes----humiliation". So it begins - A Table For Six.....
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Memory of Water

Comedy/Drama by Shelagh Stephenson Staged: April/May 2008 @ Onslow College Arts Centre. 9 Players Directed by Ewen Coleman. Three sisters return home after the death of their mother to attend her funeral. Each sister has distinct memories of their childhood often contradicting those of their siblings as they laugh, cry rage and bicker about both the past and present. Vi, the departed mother, a ghostly vision in flowing taffeta, demanding to be understood rather than be buried and forgotten...
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Role Play

A Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn Staged: May 2010 @ Newlands Community Centre. 6 Players Directed by Ewen Coleman. The dinner party at which nervous young, Justin and Julie-Ann, (both IT professionals) will inform their disparate parents, Justin's upper crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann's bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother, of their intention to marry. Drop into the mix a former lap dancer, her gun-wearing minder and violent boyfriend and mayhem is unleashed.
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Spreading Out

A Comedy by Roger Hall Staged: November 2010 @ Newlands Community Centre. 6 Players Directed by Stephanie Drew. Spreading Out is Roger Hall's sequel to his hit play Middle Age Spread. Times have changed in the twenty five years since that dinner party. A Wairarapa lifestyle block is now Colin's and Elizabeth's home and it's all on for a family reunion on New Year's Eve.
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Escargot

A Comedy/Farce by Peter Mackenzie Staged: May 2012 @ Newlands Community Centre. 6 Players Directed by Brent Dawson. Set in the South Island town of Karamea and the nearby Kahurangi National Park, “Escargot” featured a cast of colourful characters, including two French secret agents, a vegan Greenie and the star of the show, Powelliphanta Augustus, the giant kauri snail. When France’s snail population is hit by snail flu, the race is on to exploit New Zealand’s native snails – unless the Gree...
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I’ve Got A Dinosaur In My Backyard

A Children's Play by Kath Bee and Gaelynne Pound Staged: October 2012 @ Newlands Community Centre. 7 Players Directed by Pat Moran. Music Director: Anne Megget. This lively New Zealand play was staged by New Players in conjunction with Paparangi School. It tells the story of DJ, who finds Rex, a “bitser” dinosaur, in his backyard. DJ and his friends want to help Rex find his way back home – but in order to do so, each child needs to overcome a different fear. “I’ve got a dinosaur in my backy...
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Nana’s Naughty Knickers

A Comedy by Katherine Di Savino Staged: June 2013 @ Newlands Community Centre. 6 Players Directed by Jeff Osborne. Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough are...
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Mum’s Choir

A Drama by Alison Quigan Staged: April 2014 @ Newlands Community Centre. 7 Players Directed by Paul Langham. Music Director: Sharon Yearnsley. The O'Reilly family have returned home to bury their mother. The old house resonates with memories of happier days: raucous singalongs, outrageous parties, improvised cricket on the back lawn. Mum's presence is everywhere. She had ambitious plans for her kids when they were young and she has ambitious plans for them now - she's requested they master F...
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The Old People Are Revolting!

A Comedy by Devon Williamson Staged: November 2014 @ Newlands Community Centre. 8 Players Directed by Jeff Osborne. The senior residents of the Sunshine Lifestyle Village have had enough ... they're revolting! Once the "makers and shakers" of their community, the residents of Sunshine Village are now largely ignored, and relegated to the sidelines of life. But the world is about to find out how dangerous retired lawyers, car salesmen, hairdressers and farmers can be! Using the United Nation...
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‘Allo ‘Allo

A Comedy by Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft Staged: July 2015 @ Newlands Community Centre. 9 Players Directed by Ross Jordan. French cafe owner, Rene, tries to ride out World War II. Caught between the Gestapo and the Resistance and forced into working with both, Rene struggles to hide evidence of his affairs with his waitresses from his wife, who although unable to sing in tune, performs cabaret in the cafe.
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Welcome to New Players!

New Players is a friendly, innovative theatre company that has been active in Wellington’s northern suburbs for over 40 years. We produce a range of plays including comedies, farces, murder mysteries, short plays, and pantomimes. New Players members range from highly experienced amateur dramatists to those who are just starting out. New Players' next production is: will be “The Vicar of Dibley" directed by Damien Reid with Production dates at the end of July and in to August 2018. New Pla...
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