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.


2017 Shows! 


The Wedding of the Century  |  By Devon Williamson
22 March - 8 April
Dorothy is a 99 year old nun who has just decided she wants to find a man and get married on her 100th birthday next week. Enlisting the help of her madcap friends at the rest home, and a teenage girl who has come to interview her for a class project, Dorothy is determined to complete her bucket list and have the wedding of the century! Hilarious, madcap humour to tickle your funny-bone and stir your heart.

Murder on the Nile |  By Agatha Christie
14 June - 1 July
Simon Mostyn and his wife Kay find themselves being pursued on their honeymoon by Simon’s ex-fiancé, Jacqueline. Joining them on board is a wonderful collection of colourful and eccentric characters. A body is discovered, and all fingers point to Jacqueline. However, everything is not what it seems, and a web of intrigue and deceit is spun by the mysterious and ruthless murderer among them. Murder on the Nile has all the twists and turns of a classic Christie thriller to keep you guessing to the final shattering climax.

The Kitchen Witches |  By Caroline Smith
7 - 22 September
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are B Grade cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for thirty years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on the Kitchen Witches show, insults are flung harder than food! Dolly's long-suffering son, the producer, tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle. The show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!...

Exit Laughing  |  By Paul Elliot
15 November - 2 December
When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? You do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives!



 "...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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Getting involved

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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...

Our shows are often reviewed... and very favourably received!

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