Shoreside Theatre presents One Act Play Festival

Community Theatre offers performers and backstage crew the unique opportunity to hone their craft and Shoreside Theatre on Auckland’s North Shore is no exception.

Known mostly for producing the Outdoor Summer Shakespeare at the Pumphouse (for the last 22 years) and the Midwinter Murder Mystery, Shoreside is excited to add to their repertoire a One Act Play Festival this Spring.  This combines many of Shoreside’s growing initiatives as a Community Theatre Company – producing diverse exciting theatre for a wide audience, offering experienced and inexperienced cast and crew much valued and rare live stage experience, and utilizing some of North Shore’s best theatre venues.

This line up of plays offers something for everyone whether you be a seasoned patron of the arts, or someone who has never seen a play before. Whether it be wildly hilarious absurdist romps through the panicked sub conscious of an “Actor” in Christopher Durang’s THE ACTORS NIGHTMARE, or the exploration of isolation, estrangement and disconnect with an increasingly alien world in Edward Albee’s THE ZOO STORY or the slow burn of a ghost story that works by being so ambiguous the reader is forced to fill in the blanks with whatever frightens them most, in Kiwi scriptwriter Jason Moffatt’s adaptation of Edith Wharton THE LADIES MAID’S BELL – there is something here for everyone.

PART 1: Wednesday, 26 September – Saturday, 06 Octtober at 7:30pm (no show Monday & Tuesday)


(running time 40 mins)

By Christopher Durang  

Directed by Catherine Boniface

One man. No lines. What could possibly go wrong?



(running time 40 mins)

By Edward Albee                    

Directed by James Bell

Peter and Jerry meet on a park bench. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive.  Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being.

PART 2: Tuesday, 09 – Saturday, 13 October at 7:30pm


(running time 1 hr 30)

By Edith Wharton

Directed by Jason Moffatt

A classic ghost story. Alice Hartley is the new lady’s maid at gloomy Brympton Hall. But why won’t Mrs. Brympton use the servant’s bell that connects with the room of her new lady’s maid?


26 September – 13th October

The Coalbunker Studio @ The PumpHouse Theatre

Tickets for performances can be booked via email – – or by calling 489 8360.  Online booking is available by visiting

Early Bird Tickets (one show)          $15

Early Bird Tickets (two shows)         $30       

Source: Press Release - ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL. 10 September 2018. For media enquiries, please contact: Cath Boniface |  |  021 335 640