CLUB NIGHT – 16 March 2018

Our next Torbay Theatre Club Night is on Friday 16 March, and all are welcome to attend, both members and non-members.  Come along for a fun night out to watch and/or join in the fun.  Don’t forget to bring $2 each to contribute to expenses.

Any members wishing to perform, please contact Lynette or Jacqué by Monday 12 March.  Don’t be shy!

Further details below:

AUDITIONS – A Taste of Honey

STOP PRESS: We are still looking for someone to play the awesome role of Geoffrey.  Please contact us ASAP if you are interested.


Saturday 17 February, 2pm    &     Sunday 18 February, 2pm
at The Gate Theatre Torbay 

The Plot:

Set in Salford England 1960s: Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate. Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with her rich lover, Peter. At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father. Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo’s new home is put into question.

 Required cast:

Helen        Female, mid to late forties
Jo                Female, late teens or early twenties
Peter         Male, mid to late thirties
Jimmy      Male, twenties, dark-skinned
Geoffrey  Male, early twenties to mid 30s


Helen and Jo:  preferably northern English (Manchester)
Peter and Geoffrey:  English
Jimmy:  lower class British or American

Production Dates:

18 May to 2 June 2018

For more information,
please contact the director,Steve Wright:
phone 444-7673 or 021-978-428
or email
To request a copy of the script for perusal,
please email  auditions@torbaytheatre.comIf you would like to audition, even if you can’t make one of the advertised times,
please email

Private Lives







The remaining performances are:

Wednesday 7 June, 8.00 pm
Thursday 8 June, 8.00 pm
Friday 9 June, 8.00 pm
Saturday 10 June, 8.00 pm
Sunday 11 June, 2.00 pm (matinée)

Click here to book tickets

March Club Night

CLUB NIGHT – 25 March 2017 from 7.30 pm

Torbay Community Hall

Here is a chance for anybody to find out what it’s like to be on the other side of the footlights.  Come along to entertain and be entertained with dance, song, skits, games and theatre.

Non-members are warmly welcome for a taster of what we do – and maybe you would like to join!  If you’ve never been, come prepared for an evening of highly entertaining edification and silliness.

Please email us or contact Lynette on 478 7911 or Jacqué on 473 5454 if you’d like to contribute a short skit, song, poem, or anything entertaining, or if you’d like to offer yourself as an actor in someone else’s skit. We’d like a little advance notice, maybe a title to put on a preliminary programme, so we can aim to balance the evening a little.

Rehearsal is up to you or as arranged (we often manage a run for anyone wanting/needing it the night before or in the afternoon on the day). Watch your email/Facebook for details closer to the day. Absolute maximum length 10 minutes, the shorter the better.

Entry $2.00 EACH for both performers and audience.  Juice and nibbles will be provided.  BYO drinks.

For more info, please email us or contact Lynette or Jacqué.

Gondoliers Auditions

Following our super-successful productions of The Pirates of Penzance in 2014 and The Mikado in 2015, the multi-award-winning team at Torbay Theatre is staging Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in December 2016.

Auditions will be held on:

  • Sunday 31 July at 2 pm, in the Torbay Community Hall and
  • Monday 1 August at 7.30 pm, in the Gate Theatre, Torbay

The large cast requires FIVE principal males and FOUR principal females who are confident singers and actors, along with another EIGHT minor soloists (four female and four male) who are also members of the chorus.

As well, we require another 10-20 chorus members (both male and female) who are competent singers and/or dancers (not necessarily both!)

Auditions will take a workshop format, so we ask that all auditionees arrive at the start of the session.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for movement, and bring an audition song with piano music or an accompaniment track if you wish to be considered as a soloist.  All ages from teens up are welcome!

Rehearsals will be held at the Torbay Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, and on Sundays from 2-5 pm.  These rehearsals will be timetabled around cast availability, and will be organised in groups so that, initially, most cast will only be required at one or two rehearsals a week.

Production dates are from 8 to 18 December (except Monday 12th) with 2 pm matinées on the Sundays, and all other performances at 7.30 pm.

Resources can be downloaded from here:

Further background, synopsis, etc can be found on Wikipedia.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Graham Mandeno – phone (09)4735454, or click to email.

ACTT Award Successes

We are very proud to announce that Torbay Theatre received SEVEN out of 17 awards at the recent Auckland Community Theatre Trust 2015 awards dinner.

All the winners are listed below:

  1. Best Properties – Debbie Hogan, Steel Magnolias,Centrestage Theatre Company
  2. Best Costume Design – Lynn Carlisle, Measure for Measure,Shoreside Theatre
  3. Best Lighting Design – Andrew King, Artifice,Waiuku Theatre Group Inc.
  4. Best Sound Design – Daniel Habedank, Go Back for Murder, Shoreside Theatre
  5. Best Set Design – Anne Rimmer, Humble Boy, Torbay Theatre
  6. Best Stage Management – Daphne Goddard, Humble Boy, Torbay Theatre
  7. Best Male in a Minor Role – Tal Brink, Happy Days, Playhouse Theatre
  8. Best Female in a Minor Role – Alina Kareeva, Calendar Girls, Playhouse Theatre
  9. Best Male in a Supporting Role – Steve Wright, Humble Boy, Torbay Theatre
  10. Best Female in a Supporting Role – Jaime Kuppens, Artifice, Waiuku Theatre
  11. Best Ensemble – The cast of Happy Days, Playhouse Theatre
  12. Best Male in a Leading Role – James Carrick, Humble Boy, Torbay Theatre
  13. Best Female in a Leading Role – Debbie Bate, Steel Magnolias, Centrestage Theatre
  14. Best Director – Jacqué Mandeno & Graham Mandeno, The Mikado, Torbay Theatre
  15. Barfoot & Thompson Award for Outstanding Comedy – Humble Boy, Torbay Theatre
  16. Barfoot & Thomspon Award for Outstanding Drama – Steel Magnolias, Centrestage Theatre
  17. Barfoot & Thompson Award for Best Production – The Mikado, Torbay Theatre

Congratulations to all the winners and to all those who were involved in our wonderful productions last year.

ACTT Award Nominations

We are pleased to announce that Torbay Theatre has received 22 nominations in 13 categories for the 2015 Auckland Community Theatre trust awards.

These are:

Best Properties Design

  • Valerie Langford – Humble Boy

Best Costume Design

  • Therie Bearsley & Daphne Goddard – Humble Boy
  • Therie Bearsley & Valerie Langford – The Mikado

Best Lighting Design

  • Scott Thomas & Kyle Perwick – Humble Boy
  • Jonathan McDonald and Kyle Perwick -The Mikado

Best Sound Design

  • Kyle Perwick – Humble Boy

Best Set Design

  • Anne Rimmer – Humble Boy

Best Stage Management

  • Daphne Goddard – Humble Boy
  • Jim Murphy – The Mikado

Best Male in a Minor Role

  • Jim Murphy – (Jim the Gardener) Humble Boy

Best Male in a Supporting Role

  • Dragan Atanasov – (The Mikado) The Mikado
  • Guy Davis – (Pooh Bah) The Mikado
  • Steve Wright – (George Pye) Humble Boy

Best Female in a Supporting Role

  • Penny Watson – (Katisha) The Mikado
  • Philippa Mandeno – (Pitti-Sing) The Mikado

Best Ensemble

  • The cast of Humble Boy
  • The cast of The Mikado

Best Male in a Leading Role

  • James Carrick – (Felix Humble) Humble Boy

Best Female in a Leading Role

  • Christina McDonald – (Yum Yum) The Mikado
  • Sue Gross – (Flora Humble) Humble Boy

Best Director

  • Anne Rimmer – Humble Boy
  • Jacqué Mandeno & Graham Mandeno – The Mikado

The awards dinner will be held on 19 March.