16th Avenue Theatre

Tauranga's Premier Repertory Theatre

About Us

Based at 164 Sixteenth Avenue West, we are proud to be home to a community of passionate artists, and a home for all kinds of performance and self-expression in Tauranga.

16th Avenue Theatre is a non-profit charitable society run by dedicated volunteers since 1936, and so claims a place as one of the oldest continuously operating drama groups within New Zealand.

It is one of a few societies to have its own purpose-built theatre; constructed in 1954, the theatre has since become a familiar part of the local Tauranga community.

All ages are welcome at our shows and workshops, many of which our community build from the ground-up, and we also we pride ourselves in being a prime location for hire.

The auditorium has a seating capacity of 150 and is accessible for wheelchairs. It provides a comfortable yet intimate setting for both cast and audience. The theatre also offers bar and kitchen facilities creating the ideal place to relax with a beverage or a snack along with a small social/meeting room, available to hire for events, stage productions, meetings and conferences.

We carry with us a long history of showcasing some of the most inspiring talent in the city.

The venue offers a traditional style theatre and has a varied programme of productions by both professional and amateur companies with drama, musicals, comedies and one-night shows.

It's our goal to make fantastic stories accessible to everyone, and to welcome with open arms all who wish to be involved in our community.

16th Avenue Theatre has a strong membership and actively encourages anyone who may be looking for a creative pastime or hobby to join in with the ranks of local people enjoying all the challenges that theatre productions offer. Aspiring actors and directors will always be welcomed and mentored but if your focus is more aligned to creativity with your hands then the theatre offers many opportunities in the set construction, set decoration, properties, costumes, lighting and hosting arenas and willing helpers are always welcome.

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Directed by : Ben Hambling

About the play:

Accomplice, a Comedy Thriller by Tony award winning Rupert Holmes.
"a deliciously witty cocktail of a whodunit with a maniacally seamless plot where
skullduggery emerges the winner! "
- The New York Times
"Part murder mystery, part sex farce and completely entertaining... Suspenseful, charming
and funny."
- USA Today

Accomplice is a full length play for 4 actors (2 male, 2 female). It begins as a straightforward English thriller (with a touch of English farce) set in a 1970s refurbished mill house. A sex starved wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. The husband is murdered on stage in front of the audience… But things are not as they seem, the husband reappears, and nobody is quite who the audience believes them to be.
It is all fun and games until someone loses a life.

This will be both a fun and challenging play to rehearse. The final result will give the audience the thrill of a roller coaster from laughs to gasps.

As the secrecy of the plot is of highest importance. Some further information will be provided to those that audition. A plot summary will be given to those offered roles.


Dates:  Saturday 2nd  and  Sunday 3rd March 2024
Time: 10:30am – 1pm
Where: The Green Room, 16th Ave Theatre - enter down the side of the building

1st Read through:   Will be at some point in the second to last week of March (18th to 24th ) working in with those cast.

Rehearsals start: Sunday 7th April
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Sundays: time to be confirmed once cast confirmed.

Some individual rehearsals may be scheduled outside of these times, working in with
the availability of the individual cast member. Rehearsals will be held at 16th Ave Theatre, except for a small amount that may need to be relocated due to other performances in the venue.

Final Production week rehearsals: June
Sunday 16th - Double Sunday
Monday to Thurs 20th a night off will be scheduled closer to the time based on where the cast are at.

Performance Dates:
Friday 21st 7.30pm Opening Night
Saturday 22nd 7.30pm
Sunday 23rd 2.00pm Matinee
Wednesday 26th 7.30pm
Thursday 27th 7.30pm
Friday 28th 7.30pm
Saturday 29th 7.30pm
Sunday 30th 2.00pm Matinee
Wednesday 3rd 7.30pm
Thursday 4th 7.30pm
Friday 5th 7.30pm
Saturday 6th 7:30pm Finale Night
Sunday 7th Pack Out

Important notes:

    All cast and crew of this show must become (if you are not already) a member of16 th Ave Theatre prior to rehearsals starting. Membership forms are vailable on-line www.16avetheatre.co.nz and payment can be made on-line or at the theatre via Eftpos.

  If you are cast in the show you must be available for all rehearsals (unless otherwise arranged) and of course be available for all productions dates.

  If you are not available for any rehearsal dates, please let us know during your audition.

  While talent is the primary consideration when casting, a high level of commitment is essential. Our final choices for all roles will be made with this firmly in mind.

Characters: 1970’s
Please note that the ages listed are only an indication of the character. Don’t let this  stop you from auditioning. It may be possible to age actors up or down  accordingly. An aspect of casting will be based on the relative visual age differences as indicated below.

Also note that the characters listed below are the main characters but not the only characters that are played by each actor. To maintain the secrecy of the plot the other characters will only be reviled to those who are offered a role.

Derek Taylor - Male, Age: 40 to mid-50s.
Stuffy upper-class English. Suit tie and bowler hat. Founder and partner of a very successful finance/ investment business. Extremely routine in his daily life. Avoids actually doing any real work. Married to Janet but the thought of any sexual engagement with his wife seems like a task and a disruption to his routine.

Janet Taylor - Female, Age: 35 to 50 (slightly younger than Derek Taylor).
Upper-class English but possibly this is more from her marriage to Derek than her upbringing.  No longer travels into London with Derek during the week, choosing to remain instead at their weekend converted mill house in the country. As a sex starved wife, she has begun a secret affair with Jon.

Jon - Male, Age: 30 to 45 (a minimum of five years younger than Derek).
Middle class English but has become quite wealthy as Dereks financial partner. Is the reason why the business is so successful.
A bit of a smooth talker who thinks highly of himself. Doesn’t mind spending his money and likes a good drink.  Married to Melinda but having a secret (or not secret) affair on the side with Janet.

Melinda - Female, Age: Late 20’s to 40 (younger than Jon and Janet). 
Trophy wife of Jon.
Good looking and dresses to show. This attire borders on being a bit (70’s) slutty. Does not give the appearance of being particularly bright or at least this is what the others think. Though there may be more to her than realised. Is having a secret relationship with Janet in which she is the submissive.
(This role has a little less dialogue as Melinda does not come in to the play till the end of act 1. An experienced actress could have a lot of fun with this role, but so too someone with less experience).

To register your interest and to get important notes about the roles, please email president@16avetheatre.co.nz

Our 2024 Productions 

March 8 - 10                                                                                                                                                              Grimms' Tales - a 16th Ave Theatre Black Box Experimental Stage production.  Written by local writer Margarete Kraemer.  To be directed by Geraldine Broderick 

Door sales only:   $10 per ticket 

March 15 - 31 - in conjunction with the 61st Tauranga Jazz Festival                                                                 

Blue Eyes  NZ Playwright April Phillips has created a touching storyline into which she has woven many Sinatra favourites. As Frances prepares to farewell her beloved Mum, she visits the family home and finds some old letters. They are fan letters to Frank Sinatra, written by her late Mum when she was young, but never posted. As Frances reads them and learns of her Mum’s hopes and dreams, we are taken back to the '60s nightclub scene where, as a young woman, Frances' Mum regularly performs along with Jimmy and Andy, backed by a great live band and treating their audiences to some great Sinatra songs. But what happened to those dreams? Frances reads on – and finds out.    To be directed by Merv Beets 

June  21- 6 July                                                                                                                                                                   Accomplice  by Rupert Holmes   To be directed by Ben Hambling  

It begins as a straightforward English thriller in a country house. A sex-starved wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband.  Just when you think you know what will happen next, a new plot line unfolds, ...

August 16 - 24 

Art  by Yasmina Reza to be directed by Geraldine Broderick 

The Tony Award-winning play that focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it." 

November 22 - December 7

Nell Gwynn   written by Jessica Swale.   To be directed by Dennis Fenwick                                                       

 London 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers. 

Regular Events at 16th Ave Theatre 

On the First Saturday of every month in the Green Room
Show stats at 7:30pm

Please note that our doors will be open from 7 pm

The following people were elected to the Management Committee

for 2023 / 2024 

President:  Heather Graham 

Vice Presidents:  Merv Beets and David Guy 

Secretary:  Wayne Gould 

Treasurer:  Vera Prince 


Cynthia Dallinger

Dennis Fenwick

Joanne Cornwall

John ten Velde 

Maggie Grigsby

Rob Weatherley