James (Jim) Murphy

It is with much sadness, we advise that Life Member James (Jim) Murphy, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

We have been advised by his family that his funeral will be held at 11 am on Tuesday 3rd April, at the Newstead Crematorium just outside of Hamilton (see map below).

MURPHY, James Harvey (Jim). Passed away peacefully on 30th March 2018 at home in Hamilton with family at his side. Aged 67 years. Dearly loved brother of Ian and Judy and Peter and Glenys and loved uncle of all his nieces and nephews and his late brothers Donald and Allan. Jim will also be missed by his many friends in Hamilton and North Shore. A service will be held at Newstead Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd April at 11am.

Published in The New Zealand Herald on Apr. 2, 2018


The Torbay Theatre Committee

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

Auditions “The Frogs : A Modern Adaptation”

Torbay Theatre are looking for young actors (aged c.15-25) and crew for their production of Aristophanes’s The Frogs : A Modern Adaptation by Don Zolidis.

Read-throughs/Auditions are taking place on Tuesday 28th November at 5:30pm, and Sunday 26th November at 7pm.

They will be held at the Gate Theatre (behind Torbay shops). Rehearsals will run over the summer break from late December to late January.

The play is a satire, a hilarious and scathing look at highbrow and lowbrow art, in which Dionysus, God of Wine and Poetry, attempts to raise the level of public discourse. He seeks to retrieve Shakespeare from the underworld and give him his own HBO series. Will Hercules, Jane Austen, and Charon the ferryman help or hinder them in their travels through Hades? And how will they escape after they are captured by a chorus of reality-television-loving demon frogs?

For more details or expressions of interest,

Contact Jonathan on 0277480828 or at or Daphne at

The Apprentice’s Quest

It’s that time of the year again – time for Torbay Theatre’s annual children’s show, an event much-loved by many Torbay families.

This year’s show, The Apprentice’s Quest is the sequel to last Year’s exciting Enchanted Cave Bring the little ones along to see whether naughty Geezer will ever make the grade as an enchanter. Perhaps Spike will manage to prevent Geezer and his loyal friends, Stacey and Trixie, completing the quest in time!

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The Apprentice's Quest Flyer


CLUB NIGHT – 8th July 2017

Club Night PosterCome celebrate Midwinter and shake off any collywobbles!

  • Gluhwein!
  • Humour!
  • Songs!
  • Sing-Song!


Please send Jacqué or Lynette your items – a title and who’s in it, at this stage.

Usual format: Get your items to us, preferably well in advance but at least by Friday Night, the Eve of the Club Night.

Be funny, be musical, be soulful, be anything you like, so long as it’s short – TEN MINUTES MAX!!!!

We may or may not be able to organise a rehearsal on the stage or in the Gate Theatre on the Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

The hall is generally open Saturday night from about 5pm so put your name down for a rehearsal between 5 and 7pm if you like.

Of course, as always, we needs LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS!!! both BEFORE and AFTER!

To carry bowls, distribute chips and nuts, fill jugs, set up tables, (not necessarily in that order!!!!)

and then of course, to re-carry everything back to the Gate kitchen, load the dishwasher, rinse bowls, wipe benches, clear tables, sweep, stack chairs for church next day etc, –

again, not necessarily in that order!

Last time we had a bevy of cheerful teens and other yoof who  made the task a breeze – could I ask for as many as possible to turn up early again, from say 6pm, or as close to that as possible,

AND! to spend ten minutes after the show to get it all cleared up – which, hopefully, allows a little time and energy for those who want to to gather round the piano for a jolly good sing-song.


Performers, audience, hangers-on, helpers – we all need to contribute to cover the hall hire and snacks.

We ONLY JUST manage to cover costs for these fantabulous evenings, so please make sure that you toss that little $2 coin into the basket.

(Of course, no-one’s stopping you adding a bit more if you’re feeling extra-generous, but no-one’s asking you to either).

AUDITIONS – Children’s Holiday Show

Will Geezer pass the test?
Torbay Theatre is calling for auditions for our annual July holiday production for children.

WHERE: The Gate Theatre, next to the Torbay Community Hall
WHEN: Sunday 4 June at 2.00pm
and Monday 5 June at 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: The previsuly advertised auditions on Monday 5 June at 7.30 pm have been cancalled

The play, written once again by our own very talented Sophia Burton, is a sequel to last year’s “The Enchanted Cave”, and will involve some of the same characters.
Geezer, now a reformed character, is on a quest, and he needs the help of Trixie and Stacey. Will they help him after he was so naughty last year?
Performances will be in the second week of the July school holidays, around 19-21 July.
Rehearsals will be on one weekday evening 7-9pm, and one weekend afternoon – times to be finalised with the cast. There will be additional daytime rehearsals during the first week of the school holidays.

List of characters:
Geezer – a boy on a mission. He is a reformed character.
Stacey – a girl who is persuaded to help him.
Trixie – an elfin creature who is also persuaded to help in the quest.
Spike – an extremely wicked creature whose main aim is to prevent Geezer succeeding.
A talking tree – could be boy or girl.
Guards 1 & 2 – could be boys or girls
Jewel keeper – girl
Craftsman – male (any age)
Enchantress – female (any age)

Plus a company of children. Other characters will be selected from the company.

If you would like to take part and cannot attend the auditions, ring Jill Reid 09 473 3095, or Daphne Goddard 473 7494