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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 2023 Committee Members.

Dom Wilson



Dom has been involved in the non for profit sector since he was 12 years old. He's passionate about community, governance, and developing/supporting others. 

Theatre has always been something in his life with parents who have been involved heavily with theatre societies across Christchurch. 

Dom loves the challenge community theatre brings and the community that comes with Riccarton Players as well! 




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.

Donna Marie Masters


Doug Clarke 


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.

Karyn Gibson


Simon Anderson


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