Khandallah Arts Theatre Inc.

Coming up

August 14, 7:30pm, Cochran Hall,
Rehearsed readings of two short plays directed by David Cox.

Youngsters' (years 6 to 10) workshops and performances August 23 to October 17. Registrations now open. More information here.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, directed by Tanya Piejus
Auditions: August 22 and 23
Details here.

Coming Events

Youngsters' workshops and performances

Programme begins August 23rd, performances are on October 16th and 17th.

A series of performance skills workshops for the younger set (years 6 to 10), leading into rehearsals of short pieces (up to 15 minutes) for 2 or 3 performances.

The workshops will be delivered by a variety of theatre practitioners, some of whom will also act in the performances, to give the youngsters the opportunity to act with people more experienced than themselves.

Workshops: 1 to 2 hours on Wednesday evenings and Sundays, starting August 23

Rehearsals: 1 to 2 hours, on Sundays and most weekdays during the holidays: September 27 to October 11

Dress rehearsals: early evening on two days during the first week of Term 4

Performances: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October

To apply: send the following information to

Applicant's name, age and class at school
Parents'/caregivers' names, phone numbers and email addresses
Applicant's performance experiences, if any
Confirmation the applicant is available to attend all the sessions (see details above) both during the term and during the holidays.

Closing date for applications: August 8th
If there are more applicants than we can accommodate we will select on the basis of having the best mix of ages in the group.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck, directed by Tanya Piejus

November 12th to 21st (7 performances)
Bookings open on October 1st

Tanya's vision for our production of this classic story is to focus on its timeless themes of friendship, loneliness and unfulfilled dreams, without being too particular about the era in which it is set.

The era in which Steinbeck wrote it was the 1930s Depression, but the experiences he based it on were those he had had as a teenager in the 1910s. He wrote the story in two mediums and both were made public in 1937, when the novel was published and the play was performed on Broadway.

Since then it has been performed regularly, not just as a stage play but also as an opera, film, musical theatre and radio play, and it has been described as "true great literature [in which] the pain of Life is transmuted into the beauty of Art." (Thomas Scarseth in "Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints" 1993).

Of Mice and Men is not without its controversies. In times gone by it has been accused of "promoting euthanasia", "condoning racial slurs", being "anti-business", containing profanity, and generally containing "vulgar" and "offensive language".

How do we, in 21st century New Zealand, respond to these characters and their story? Come to Cochran Hall this November and decide for yourself.

Full 2020 programme

February 22-1 March: Summer Play: Mean Jean the Pirate Queen by Michelanne Forster
March 27: AGM (cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions)
April 23: poetry readings (via Zoom)
May 20: rehearsed reading - Domestic Bliss by Christina Starchurski (via Zoom)
June 17: rehearsed reading - Peter and Alice by John Logan
July 22: youth performances
August 14: rehearsed readings of two short plays - one thought-provoking, the other a farce: directed by David Cox
August 22 & 23: Auditions: Of Mice and Men
September 16: two stimulating speakers: Paula van Beek and Alex Robertson
October 16 & 17: youngsters' performances
November 12 to 21: Of Mice and Men
November 22: members' and friends' end-of-year BBQ