Kia ora koutou,

What a year 2018 has been! A huge THANK YOU to all our tutors, participants, community partners, ambassadors, school partners and drama teachers. You have made this a great year for the The Court Theatre’s Education Programme and we cannot wait to see what 2019 will bring. Below are some of our highlights from 2018.
Christmas Top 10 from the Education Department at The Court Theatre

10. The Court Youth Company performed 4 sold out shows of their production ofVernon God little and are about to open Children of the Night which is a promenade style immersive show they have devised themselves. It has been an amazing year for our Youth Company, you’re all stars!

9. Christ's College did an amazing job and took out the the Junior Theatresports competition. And a big well done to Papanui High School who were the winners of the Senior Theatresports competition. Huge shout out to the Court Jesters and the teacher and student coaches at all the participating schools who make the whole competition run smoothly and are amazing.

8. Over 200 students took Improvisation Classes with the mega talented Court Jesters and performed for friends and family at NASDA, St Margaret's College and here at The Court Theatre to showcase their developing talents.

7. We saw eight Holiday Intensive performances on the main stage at The Court Theatre all of which highlighted the fantastic talents of our participants and tutors;Riley Harter, William Bruns, Ben Freeth, Jane Leonard, Jeff Clark, Kathleen Burns, Kira Josephson, Greta Casey-Solly and Rachel Pugh. We also have another three weeks of Holiday Intensives coming up in January! 

6. We expanded our Education Department.Riley Harter became the newEducation Coordinator/Head tutor. Rachel Sears has taken on a new role as theProgrammes Manager running the Education Programme, The Court Jesters and launching a Corporate Training offer.  Vanessa Gray joined us in the role of Kaihāpai Toi (Māori and Pasifika Producer) and shares our little Education office and supports our Māori and Pasifika students. 

5. We had over 100 Drama Students perform on The Main Stage of The Court Theatre in September after a term of devising their own work. Our Drama 1 and 2 classes took us on a time travelling trip and our Drama 3 students created abstract pieces of theatre inspired by artwork.

4. Our Primary School Tour He Kura Kōrero had a sold out 5 week tour to schools across Canterbury. Thanks to all the schools that hosted us, we felt so welcome everywhere we toured and loved sharing this story with our local schools. 

3. Over 1500 young people came and watched Titus Andronicus and Misery as part of our school matinees and evening shows and hopefully some of these students wrote about one of these shows as part of their recent exams.

2. We developed and built our relationship with various community partners and we can’t wait to see where these partnerships take us in 2019. Partner of the year has to be Dementia Canterbury who collaborated with us for our Verbatim Theatre Holiday Intensive.

1. We had an amazing group of Ambassadors who went to 8 shows with us and had some great discussions about Theatre in New Zealand. It is always such a highlight being able to spend time with a group of people passionate about the arts. We look forward to meeting the next group of ambassadors in 2019.

Have a wonderful relaxing and festive break and see you all in 2019.


Ngā mihi nui

Rachel and Riley