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Court Theatre

The site contains news about the company information about current productions a calendar of upcoming productions and an archive of past productions with brief blurbs. There are press reviews for current productions. The education section has resource kits that are downloadable for Macbeth Antony and Cleopatra The Cherry Orchard and Proof as well as a long list of kits that can be purchased for $5.00.

Drama Magic

Drama Magic is an Auckland based company that designs and builds on demand, stage set items and scenery for use in schools throughout New Zealand.
Examples of Drama Magic's work and teacher testimonials can be seen on the website including, free standing doors, boxes, platforms, and flats. The company specialises in engaging directly with its clients to advise schools on how to achieve the best outcome for their perceived needs.  Drama Magic's managing director is Susan Battye, the former Head of Drama at Epsom Girls Grammar School and playwright.

Dramatic Publishing

This website for the Dramatic Publishing company provides outlines of their publications which could be useful for teachers when searching for plays to produce. Includes links to special features what's new best sellers authors' corner a free catalogue and licensing and cutting guidelines.

Finding Your Way with Plays

Susan Battye is a playwright who works with young people. The tips and practical exercises on "Play Reading" and "Play Writing" contained in this volume published by User Friendly Resources are especially suitable for Year 10 and senior secondary students. View the slide show and follow links to purchase online.

South Pacific Pictures – The Inside Story

Drama Magic and South Pacific Pictures have created The Inside Story - a purchasable DVDROM that embeds ICT in drama teaching. For use in NCEA levels 1 2 and 3 the resource is fully adaptable and designed to be used in the classroom or via an intranet by teachers and individual students.

The Play Press

The Play Press specialises in publishing and promoting here and abroad new New Zealand plays; to preserve a range of quality scripts and to make texts more accessible for rehearsal and study and to help generate productions. They are interested in all types of playscript and any other performance related work.


Essential Resources

Essential Resources is an innovative educational publisher of photocopiable teaching materials for New Zealand and Australia schools.

Learn Out Loud

Although this is a commercial site for audio and video educational content if you take the Free Stuff link you can access considerable free content listed in categories such as Education and Professional Literature and Art and Entertainment.

Pasifika Education Centre

This New Zealand site supports Pasifika peoples with information relating to free adult language classes resources workshops and news. There is a library in Manukau and online books can be purchased with many supporting arts learning.

Pōwhiri in Action: He Kete o Te Reo Pōwhiri

This photocopiable resource provides comprehensive information and supporting student activities about pōwhiri. Topics covered include tangata whenua karanga whaikōrero waiata koha hongi hākari manuhiri te whakaeke and much more.

REACH Education Consultancy

REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support New Zealand schools in working successfully with gifted learners.

RealTime Arts

The RealTime website offers a comprehensive view of Australian contemporary arts with an international perspective combining the current print edition of RealTime online exclusives and updates; the RealTime archive; new works on show in our studio; featured events (forums festivals) and arts issues; and a portal that will guide you to the best sites in innovative contemporary arts practices.

Resource Room

The Resource Room sells online catalogues and books for the arts. It is regularly updated and materials are available online for perusal and purchase.

Westpac St James Theatre

This Wellington theatre showcases quality performances and supports arts education by developing classroom resources and programmes for schools.

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