Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, is in a difficult position, less by finding out that his newly hired hand, Justin, is in love with Louise, the waitress at the club house, but by the discovery that the golfer he thought would play for his club has switched sides recruited by his counterpart and opponent, the cocky and arrogant Dickie, and the huge bet he had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost.
Fortunately, he discovers that Justin is actually quite a good golfer and finagles his nomination. Justin does not disappoint and has a huge lead, when close to its end the tournament is interrupted by bad weather.
When Justin learns that Louise has lost the engagement ring he gave her - she accidentally flushed it down the toilet - he comes unglued.
The game resumes the next day, but Justin loses the lead, and, upset, takes an unfortunate swing breaking his arm. Bingham is desperate, and the appearance of his wife complicates the matter, as she catches him much too close to Pamela, his sex-starved vice-president. Can Bingham find a replacement for Justin to win the game, win the wager, and get his life in order?
by Noel Coward Directed by Jan Saussey Season 14th February - 7th March 2015
What better way to research for a new book about a homicidal medium, than to invite eccentric psychic Madame Arcati to your home, and have a jolly good séance? So far so good.
But writer Charles Condomine is certainly not prepared for the surprising and spirited consequences. He finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira, who playfully appears only to him, much to the dismay of his second wife, Ruth.
Take one husband, two feuding wives; add a sprinkling of mischief, and things get thoroughly out of hand!
It's Never Too Late
by Ron Aldridge Directed by Rae McGregor 11th April - 2nd May 2015
A funny heart warming and uplifting play. Susan Shaw is 58 and her husband has left her for a younger woman. What do you do with your life when you have never had to go outside the home to work? She decides to take action and this very funny and at times tender play follows Susan as she attempts to kick start her life in the belief that 'it's never too late'. In the end she makes a most unexpected choice.
by Norman Foster Directed by Julian Harrison 6th - 27th June 2015
Looking, by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, takes us into the lives of four middle-aged singles. Matt and Andy have shared a friendship for years. Unfortunately, they have also shared the same relationship status for years (single), and so now they reluctantly share their emotional baggage and problems whenever they get together. Val and Nina are also long-time friends; they are similarly questioning their lives. All four are 'looking' for more in life, looking for someone to fill the void that was left after their failed marriages. So Andy, in desperation, puts an ad in the personals column, Val in desperation reads the ad and sees some potential. With the help of their friends as buffers, they agree to a double date, meeting at a downtown pub named The Private Dick. Classic situational comedy ensues as male-female agendas meet amid first-date insecurities. It’s a fabulously funny script full of lightning-quick dialogue and loaded with original sexual innuendos. For all of its adult frivolity, there are some tender and serious moments in this play that make for poignant and emotionally wrought acting.
by David Lindsay-Abaire Directed by Jan Saussey
Season 1st August - 15th August 2015
The Corbetts have everything a family could want, until the day their world is turned upside down.
In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident, a young husband and wife find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places...and for a path that will lead them back up into the light of day.
Undoubtedly, the simplicity has been a crucial component in the accolades the play has received. Significant events do happen of course, but Lindsay-Abaire’s presentation is so subtle that the audience does not see the shifts until they have already occurred. This is a play that shows how close comedy and tragedy really are. In many ways, what makes it bearable to watch Becca and Howie work through their grief is the liberal amount of humour Lindsay-Abaire has included in the script. The positive responses that greeted Rabbit Hole often praise it on similar terms: its ability to juxtapose heartfelt emotion with moments of incredible humour.
Rabbit Hole opened on Broadway in 2006 and in 2007 won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In 2007, film director John Cameron Mitchell announced his plans for a movie adaptation and was released in 2010. The film starred Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie.
A Piece of My Heart
by Shirley Lauro Directed by Barry Spring
Season 19th September - 10th October 2015
They're at bed-sides in operating theatres, and on the battlefields. They give comfort, ease pain and devote themselves to service even in the face of iminent danger. They are the Nurses and these are true stories based on over 1500 personal interviews. The memories will move you to laughter, tears and enormous admiration of the courage, dedication and selflessness of these special women.
Note Mild adult themes, some language may offend.
Last of the Summer Wine
By Roy Clarke Directed by Penelope Keegan
14th November - 5th December 2015
They're back! Foggy, Compo and Clegg come together again.
If you're a fan of the series you will remember these marvellous characters - not the least the somewhat stern and resolute Nora Batty, the object of Compo's affections. She has a niece, Constance, and Foggy has come over all amorous and is keen to win her affections. She has been the long time fiancée of the hapless Gifford Bewmont who is out and about this evening with every intention of catching a flasher. Unfortunately Compo turns up unexpectedly and between him, Gifford and mistaken identities, chaos reigns!
One Man, Two Guvnors
By Richard Bean Directed by Laurie Mills Season: 26 February - 19 March
A rollicking and intensely funny play. Francis Henshall finds himself in the tricky situation of trying to please two bosses while keeping them unaware of one another. He’s not the smartest chap, and being caught up in their various competing schemes makes for a chaotic day.
Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 Commedia dell’arte play A Servant of Two Masters, the action is updated to Brighton, England, 1963. Dolphin is proud to have this play in its 2016 schedule. It has been a hit in London and New York since its 2011 debut.
Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley Directed by Ami Coster Season: 29 April - 14 May
1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
A charming black comedy set in a small Mississippi town. Three sisters search for meaning and happiness in their lives after suffering a veritable heap of misfortune. They must reunite to make sense of their individual challenges and family issues. Lenny the eldest has devoted her life to caring for their ailing Grandfather; Meg has run away to pursue a singing career in Hollywood; while Babe is facing trial for shooting her abusive husband. Combine an enthusiastic lawyer, a nosy neighbour and a lonely ex boyfriend and we have a hilarious mix of conflicts, crisis and revelations.
By Joe Zarrow Directed by Sheila Summers Season: June 17 – July 2
New Zealand Premiere
Armed with dreams of changing the world along with an accelerated certification program for ‘career changers’, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. On her first day in the English Lit office she finds that the copy machine, the system and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed door of the teachers’ lounge.
"There are very few excellent plays about public education. This is one." –Chicago Tribune
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
By the Goodale Brothers Based on the works of P.G.Wodehouse Directed by Syd Mannion Season: 5th - 20th August
Join two of the 20th century’s most loved characters - the effervescent but intellectually challenged, young aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, for an evening of genial jollity.
When a perfectly delightful country weekend takes a turn for the worse, Wooster turns matchmaker to rescue the engagement of his host's drippy daughter Madeline to his newt-fancying friend Gussie. If Bertie, assisted by the ever-inventive Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon cherished bachelorhood and marry the ghastly girl himself!
Warning - No content will offend. (In the 1930s they were just terribly nice.)
By Ron Aldridge Directed by Rae McGregor Season: 23 September – 8 October
The Frank Daniels Trio was once a successful singing and dancing variety group in the 1970s. Frank and his beautiful wife Sarah and the comic of the ensemble, Tony are a perfect recipe for an evening’s entertainment. Three decades later, when Sarah and Frank visit Tony at the nursing home, all the old emotional baggage comes to the fore, and there are flashbacks to the ‘good old days’ when we see them as their younger selves performing the song and dance routines.
“Aldridge’s new play is something of a minor masterpiece.” -The Stage
Jeremy Brock’s stage play Adapted from the novel by CharlesDickens Directed by Julian Harrison Season: 11 November – 3 December
The classic tale of poverty and pick pocketing, privilege and prosperity is brought to the stage in a splendid theatrical version which combines all the richness of the original story. The sinister antics of Fagin, the wonderful comic pomposity of Mr Bumble the Beadle and the horror of Nancy’s murder at the hands of Sykes. Be intrigued at the colourful characters Oliver meets from his past and watch secrets unravel. Expect laughter, and tears and some surprises. Jeremy Brock has created a play which will add further enjoyment to the world Dickens created for us in his books.
By Pam Valentine Directed by Penelope Keegan Season: 3 - 18 March
Cobbler’s Cottage is home to famous author of crime novels, Jack Cameron, and his wife Susie. Flic and her husband Simon, an aspiring crime writer, are eager to rent the cottage. But life isn’t easy for Simon in their new home; severe writer’s block, a monstrous interfering mother-in-law, plus a series of unorthodox and bizarre events all lead to moments of utter confusion.
The Cripple of Inishmaan
By Martin Donagh Directed by Julian Toy-Cronin Season: 28 April - 13 May
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, this endearing, comic satire centres on Billy, the village cripple. When the Americans announce they are coming to the neighbouring island to make a film, many are excited to be part of it – but none more than young Billy, who develops a reckless scheme to escape his grim life.
Contains strong language.
A Tomb with a View
By Norman Robbins Directed by David Charteris Season: 16 June - 1 July
Set in a sinister old library presided over by a portrait of a grim-faced, mad-eyed old man. A dusty lawyer reads a will (involving millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family, one member of which has werewolf tendencies. By Act Three, there are more corpses than live members in the cast. All is revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.
By Ben Elton Directed by Peter Webster Season: 4 - 19 August
When Philip is challenged by his boss to find a new way of making money from nothing, he invents the ‘Suck and Blow Machine’ and, along with it, the business of ‘air’ – providing private air, stockpiling air and eventually selling air. A flash advertising campaign convinces the public that everyone needs a Suck and Blow, but while the market for oxygen is growing, the world’s supply is diminishing.
By Peter Quilter Directed by Jon T (JT) Kemeys Season: 22 September - 7 October
The hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again. Tensions are high between them, but they must work together to make their dream a reality – to restore the theatre to its former glory and get the audiences flocking back. They try various fund-raising schemes but their most ambitious is to hold a concert…
By Jane Austen Adapted by Kathryn Attwood Directed by Syd Mannion Season: 10 November - 2 December
To mark Jane Austen’s bicentenary, we are privileged to present an adaptation of what is arguably her most provocative novel. Although unpublished in Austen’s lifetime, it was one of her earliest works. The eponymous character is by far the most scandalous, unscrupulous anti-heroine Austen ever conceived, with neither conscience nor morals. If you thought you knew your Jane Austen, think again!
An amateur production by arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd
by Roger Hall Classic Kiwi Comedy Directed by Julia Leathwick 2-17 Mar
A farce set in a Taupo lakeside holiday home, during the un-PC 1980s. A family of city folk, a jet-lagged granny fresh from Britain and a probation officer daughter with her unexpected Maori husband – along with an over-friendly US exchange student – give us a Christmas celebration like no other. And that’s without the shotgun-blazing deer farmer! An irresistibly funny, satirical play.
Death of a Dream
by Richard De Luca A World Premier NEW Drama Directed by Penelope Keegan 20 Apr–5 May
This play examines the two ‘dreams’ in Death of a Salesman – the American Dream, and Willy Loman’s personal dream. Willy’s businessman grandson, Bill, is still hoping to crack the big time. Bill’s adult son, a drug addict, lives at home; his stepdaughter is a successful New York executive. They gather for Thanksgiving weekend, 2015, and struggle with the resulting catastrophic events.
An Inspector Calls
by J B Priestley An All-time Classic Thriller Directed by Glenda Pearce 22 Jun–7 Jul
Set in England in 1912, the play opens with the Birling family celebrating their daughter’s engagement. An inspector calls to question them about the apparent suicide of a young woman. We learn everyone is implicated in her undoing. The tension that follows climaxes with an astounding revelation. A masterpiece that forces the audience to reflect on how their actions affect others.
by Ken Ludwig A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Directed by Annie Whittaker 10–25 August
Ludwig transforms Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into an hilarious comedy. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. Five actors deftly portray more than forty characters as Holmes and Watson brave the desolate moors to save the newest heir. Can our heroes discover the truth in time? See how far from elementary the truth can be.
Goodnight Mr Tom
by David Wood A Heart Melting Drama Directed by Nathan Hey 28 Sep–13 Oct
Based on one of the most uplifting stories ever written, the play is set during the build-up to World War Two. We follow sad, young William Beech as he is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside where he builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned back to London by his mother.
by Jessica Swale An Historical Comedy Directed by Syd Mannion 16 Nov–8 Dec
The play opens in a 1660s playhouse in Drury Lane, London, where Nell Gwynn is an ‘orange hawker’ whose wit and beauty soon get her noticed. She becomes an actress, causing merry havoc in a traditionally male world, and wins the heart of King Charles II. Can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court? First performed in 2015 at The Globe, London.