About TheatreFest

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The nominations for the finals the 2017 TheatreFest are

 Play Group Genre
All my love, Paul Invercargill Repertory Comedy
An Incident Huntington Hounds Comedy/Drama
An incident at the border Dramatix Comedy
Bittersweet Love Dramatix Drama
Can you keep a secret? Wakatipu High School Drama
Crucible (Excerpt) Havelock North High School Drama
In the tank Country Players Inc Comedy
Rules of play St Andrew's College Drama

 The date and venue for the 2017 National TheatreFest Final and Theatre New Zealand Annual Conference is

Event Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
TNZ Conference and Workshops Wellington - Whitireia Performance Centre 16 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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National Final Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 16-17 September 2017 Jon Pheloung Ewen Coleman
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AGM, TNZ Open Forum and Keynote Speaker Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 17 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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Two venues will be used over Saturday and Sunday. This structure means just one night’s accommodation for teams, supporters and TNZ members coming to Wellington.

The National TheatreFest Final will be held Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 1:00pm with the Awards Ceremony at approximately 3:30pm on the Sunday and it is hoped to have everything concluded by 4:30pm. The venue will be the Hannah Playhouse in Courtenay Place.

On Saturday the Conference will begin at the Whitireia Performance Centre in Vivian Street with morning workshops repeated in the afternoon. On Sunday the conference continues at the Hannah Playhouse with the TNZ Annual General Meeting followed by an Open Forum and a keynote speaker, all in the upstairs bar area.

Two extra bonuses for the Hannah Playhouse audience on Sunday afternoon: Redcliffe Musical Theatre, the team from Queensland will perform their winning extract from Agnes of God while the Adjudicator makes his decisions. And Roger Hall. playwright, will launch NZ Theatre Month ’18 also before the awards ceremony.

It’s not too late to register!


Festivals are devoted to the improvement of theatre standards by:

  • Providing each participating group an assessment of its work in respect of theatre skills and technique.
  • Offering constructive feedback.
  • Helping the audience to a fuller understanding of the presentation.
  • Festivals are about encouragement, friendship, learning, sharing and communicating.

Although Festivals are competitive, winning is by no means the sole purpose of entering. The aspects to be stressed are the opportunities to observe one's peers, to learn through performance and education, and the enrichment of meeting other participants and groups.

There are three levels to TheatreFest:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • National

In order to progress from one level to the next, teams must enter the festival competitively. At Local level, at the discretion of the organisers, festivals can have a non-competitive section and teams in this section can receive an adjudication. Presentations are seen by a different Adjudicator at each level and will receive both an oral and written adjudication. The Adjudicator recommends to the organisers of each festival those presentations going forward to the next level.

Organisers' Handbook 
Guide to Receiving Adjudication
ANZDA Marking Sheet
Spotlight 2017 - TheatreFest Finals registration ** NEW **
Poster Competition entry form
David Brockett Memorial Award Nomination Form
Meritorious Service Award Nomination Form