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Napier Repertory Players Inc is one of the longest running community theatre groups in the Hawke's Bay region


A not-for-profit organisation, Napier Repertory was founded in 1933


A variety of theatre productions are presented each year including for the Hawke's Bay Art Deco FestivalStudio Productions designed to foster growth in our adult performers and and to showcase new directors; and Youth Productions developed to encourage and support young local talent to further themselves in the performing arts

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Snap Time

This amazing multi award-winning play is written and acted by John Cocking. Derived from inspirational letters written by his father Lawrence Cocking ("Lol") who lived and worked in Creswell Pit, Derbyshire, UK, Snap Time will have all your emotions and senses heightened.
Lol wanted to join the forces in WW2 but he was told he was too short to be a soldier and put him underground to work in the mines (pit). So for half of his life he was an underground worker. "It was dark, it was hot, it was dirty and horrible, not fit for humans."

Referred to as "Bevans Boys", 40,000 men were drafted to work in the coalmines of England. Lol was one of those unrecognised men that did their bit for King and Country but were never truly appreciated for their efforts. This is John's amazing family story written and acted by him about his father, from true events.
This piece of live theatre is not to be missed.
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Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?
With no rehearsal, no director, and a different actor each night, the script waits in a sealed envelope on stage.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, written by Nassim Soleimanpour and produced by Anne Corney, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.
Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday 16th July         Brylee Lamb
Friday 17th July                Angus Kelsey
Saturday 18th July          Jane Pierard
Thursday 23rd July         Glenn Cook
Friday 24th July               Robert Hickey
Saturday 25th July          Lisa-Jane Easter
Please DO NOT Google this play but join us for a theatre experience unlike any other.
“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there.” -New Zealand Herald
Both of these exceptional pieces will be performed 16 - 25 July at The Little Theatre

  Coming Up  

The Pink Hammer
When Woody-the-builder finds four strange women in his man-cave and they won’t leave until they get the “Empowering Women With Tools” workshop they came for, world views collide and sparks fly
“an explosive collision between old-school carpentry and contemporary sexual politics”
Directed by Monique Cowern
11 - 21 November 2020
Art Deco Production
Threads Of Life
Marking the 90th Anniversary of the Hawke's Bay Earthquake
Written by John Cocking
17 February - 6 March 2021
Youth / Studio Production
This year a combined evening of our 2021 Youth Production and the 2021 season of Studio Production
July 2021

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76 McGrath Street

Napier South

Napier 4110





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M: 021 173 4872


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M: 027 555 6244

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