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Riccarton Players will be fielding three entries in Theatrefest 2022, and presenting them in our season of short shorts – Stubbies.

Sunday 15th May 2022 11am-3pm
The Drama Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane – See map below.


Two directed by Doug Clarke –
Play One:  STITCHES / Punotinoti
Same play we entered last year which was selected to go forward to the Theatrefest Regional Finals that never happened because of COVID.
So, for this play, it’s a refresh/start again, coz we have to be reselected (By a new Adjudicator) to progress this year (permissible coz last year never happened as far as Theatrefest is concerned).
So its an updated script, cast, and renewed vitality…..

Play Two: DOING IT / Tupehau
A weird sort of comedy, by the same author as STITCHES, with an equally enigmatic premise – how to kill yourself!
A cast of three wacky females, attempt to discover a method which appeals to their strange and warped sense of humour and demeanour.  A play which will appeal to twisted senses of humour, and those with open minds, as we explore the suggestions of the author.
KInda aimed at women of indeterminate age, capable of flamboyancy without pretentiousness, and certainly not afraid to feel and look stupid.
CHARACTERS:  LOUISE – PETRINA – CASSIE .  All around the same age, all dialogue quite equal in distribution.
Note:  There is no reason why you couldn’t be in both of these plays!


Play Three:  The Red Couch – written and directed by Alistair Bean

A Very Amorous One Act Play, involving A Red Couch and a Meat Cleaver…

A very intimate cast of two characters

Set in the near future – 2024, a Couple enter an apartment in Auckland, frantically wrapped in each other’s arms. Verbal flirtations occur and a tale of recent missing persons ensues.  The audience gets a hole-in-the-wall view of the late-night’s events.

A brilliant opportunity for performers wishing to display their intimate acting abilities in the smallest of casts, like no one else is there, but they are…

CHARACTERS: Rose (stage age 25 – 55) Passionately assertive, is costumed in a little black dress, long blonde hair, bright red lipstick, and black stiletto shoes. Jasper (stage age 25 – 55) Always smiling, an eager gentleman is costumed in black suit trousers, opened-necked white shirt with a loosened long red tie, no socks and slip-on shoes

Performing: ……….
District Festival dates:  July 9/10 
(1 performance on either date – time to be advised)

Stubbies Season:  July 27/28/29
(1 performance on each date – Fri/Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.00pm)

Theatrefest Regional Finals – Westport – August 27/28 
(1 performance on either of those dates – time to be determined – only if selected to progress)

Theatrefest National Finals – Wellington – Sept 17/18 
(1 performance on either of those dates – time to be determined – only if selected to progress)

For further info/scripts and to book an audition time - please contact 

Doug (Stitches/Doug It) Call/text  021 252 1722 

Alistair (The Red Couch) Call/text 021 552 587

Both - email:

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Go on, you know you want to...........fantastic script and awesome character parts big and small........see below for info!



Adapted from the book by E. B. White by Joseph Robinette

Directed by Michelle Histen



SATURDAY 7TH May 2022 11am-3pm

The Drama Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane – See map below.


Performing: Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 July and Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 July Weekdays at 7pm and weekend days at 11am and 2 pm. (Riccarton Players annual contribution to Kidsfest).


All the enchanting characters are here, Wilbur, the irresistible young pig, Fern, a girl who understands animal ‘speak’, Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed, the Zuckermans and Arables and most of all the extraordinary spider, Charlotte! With lots of wonderful support roles to choose from also.


This production will be a traditional re-telling of this children’s classic – a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will leave audiences enchanted.


Fern Arable, Our Heroine

Wilbur, The irresistible Pig

Templeton, The gluttonous Rat

Charlotte, A very extraordinary Spider

John Arable, Fern’s Father

Martha Arable, Fern’s Mother

Avery Arable, Fern’s Brother

Homer Zuckerman, Fern’s Uncle

Edith Zuckerman, Fern’s Aunt

Lurvy, Farm Hand

Farmyard Companions - (all speaking) Goose, Gander, Sheep, Lamb, Spiders and Wilbur’s Uncle. The Farmyard Companions will also double as Spectators, Judges, Fairgoers, Reporter, Photographer etc.

For further info/scripts/audition times –

please contact Michelle Histen

Cell. 021 867 275


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