Detour Theatre

Boutique theatre and drama academy


We produce four shows a year. Usually, this includes a Shakespeare, a new kiwi comedy, a 20th-century classic, and play based on a television series or a popular modern comedy.


2018 Shows! 

Jailhouse Frocks | 8 -  24 March 2018
The new hit comedy by Devon Williamson

Shattering dimwitted Officer Dwayne’s tranquil evening at the Birchwood County police station is the arrests of three unlikely women; the mayor’s wife, the local mad cat-lady, and a dangerous looking New Yorker. The already chaotic situation descends into mayhem with the arrival of a New York gangster, disguised as an FBI agent, hell-bent on exacting revenge on his wife. By the end of the night, the ladies have formed a gang, sang some songs, escaped from jail and locked the gangster up in their place, leaving Officer Dwayne wondering how on earth he’s managed to make the arrest of a lifetime.


Blithe Spirit | 20 June - 7 July 2018
The hilarious comedy by the brilliant Noel Coward

Charles Condomine, whose first wife Elvira has been dead for seven years, has been reasonably happy with his second wife, Ruth. After he invites Madame Arcati, a local medium, to conduct a seance at their home, Elvira returns from the dead. Determined to get Charles to herself forever, she arranges several 'accidents', one of which culminates in Ruth joining Elvira. Charles is now plagued by two jealous squabbling spirits and his life is getting very, very complicated!


Driving Miss Daisy | 13 - 29 September 2018
The classic American light drama by Alfred Uhry

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer prize this is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an ageing, crotchety white Southern lady, and the proud, soft-spoken black man. In a series of absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until eventually, they become almost a couple.


Vicar of Dibley 3 | 21 November - 8 December 2018
From the much loved UK TV show by Richard Curtis

The sleepy village of Dibley's Vicar is not your standard order bloke with beard, bible and bad breath - it's the outrageous Geraldine Granger. Armed with a sharp wit, a double dose of double entendre and a healthy supply of chocolate, she brings the town's lovable - though rather eccentric - inhabitants a hysterical new outlook on life, love and the Church of England that will leave audiences in stitches!



 "...Detour Theatre annually puts on a Shakespeare play that is just absolutely fantastic."
Dame Susan Devoy (Bay of Plenty Times, 2011)





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Past Shows...

We've been producing about four shows a year since the year 2000... that's getting to be a long list of plays!

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Reviews of Past Shows...

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