Joe Bennett



Joe Bennett is a columnist and author but far more importantly a former Riccartonian. He performed in several shows towards the end of last century, including Teachers, Pack of Girls, Tiggy Tiggy Touchwood and a wonderful absurdist production written by Patrick Evans, and he was several times Master of Ceremonies at the notorious Palace of Varieties.



Meet the 2022 Committee Members.

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Giles Wood


Giles runs Giles Tours taking small groups of wine lovers on a tour of the Waipara Valley. Giles is English and moved here 16 years ago with his Christchurch born wife and their two teenage (now Adult) children.


He joined Riccarton Players in 2009 and is now in his 13th year on the Committee, and 2nd term as President.



Michelle Histen

Props / Publicity / Social Media


Colleen Lewis



Emma Gordon

Technical and Online Bookings

I have been involved with theatre since moving back to Christchurch in 2009, mainly working on lighting and sound.  My first show for Riccarton Players was Tortoise and the Hare Playbox at the Mill Theatre and I can’t have done too bad a job since I was allowed to come back again!  After being involved with most Riccarton shows in one form or another over the last few years, this is my first year on committee.  In my other life I work in a medical laboratory part time and am a mother to a very busy wee boy.

Simon Anderson


Karyn Gibson


Doug Clarke QSM

Acting Secretary

Doug Clarke has been actively involved in theatre in Canterbury since 1964 and for most of that time has been an ardent proponent of recreational theatre.  While Doug has been involved with several theatre societies, it has been Riccarton Players which has benefited most from his passion.


He is the first to admit that it is not his acting skills which have drawn acclaim.  Rather, it is his extensive work behind the scenes in sound, lighting, stage-crew, props, set design and construction, special effects, playwriting and especially as a director, which have demonstrated his tremendous creative skills.  


Not content with just these aspects of theatre, he has also been dedicated to administration both locally and nationally and is a Life Member of both Riccarton Players & Elmwood Players.


In recognition of his contribution to community theatre, Doug was awarded the Queen’s  Service Medal for Community Service in 2003.

Steve Millar


Steve Millar is the South Island office manager of the country's leading importer of stainless steel fasteners, A NZ champion toastmaster, and below average softball player.  Steve's has been a member of Riccarton Players since 2004, a committee member since 2006.  A broken heart bought Steve to Riccarton players, but it's people, spirit and the feeling of collective belonging that wont let him leave.  Someone once told him that it's like living inside a sitcom, and Steve can't think of a better way to describe Riccarton Players other than that.  Think Friends meets Man about the House mixed with some Steptoe, combined with a Gleeful Big Bang, all served with MASH.  It’s a home for everybody and everybody's home and Steve believes is "community" personified, where anyone can live, laugh, love and learn from people they wouldn't necessarily come into contact with otherwise. 

Dom Wilson