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A series about our Theatre.

By Pam Ferla.

There are treats in store around the Coromandel for those who love theatre, with a wonderful variety of entertainment, from thought-provoking drama, memorable musicals and the childhood delight of pantomime. Each week, we will introduce one of the places presenting theatre around the Coromandel.


Thames Music and Drama (MAD), stage one musical annually in Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, as well as plays and music/variety shows at Tararu Cultural Centre. Some productions challenge the audience’s thinking. Others aim to enthral and delight.

In 2017, “Beauty and The Beast” was a sell-out success. President, Diane Connor, says it felt magical to the audience and those involved in the production. “And last year’s musical “Mamma Mia!” was much fun and hard work, as we aimed to maintain our high standards.”

This year’s “Emergence” was four original short plays that were a training ground for first time directors.


“Number Five Birdwell Road” is a comedy about lifelong friends facing an expected challenge. It is written and directed by Hilary Rodley and staged at Tararu Cultural Centre, June 16 – 24.

“Judy White and the Seven Dwarfs”, a jukebox, fairytale mash-up musical, stages at Thames Civic Centre in September. It includes songs from the ‘60’s and appeals to all ages.

Auditions for Chicago:

The next big musical, “Chicago”, is a satire exploring the theme of corruption in the justice system and 1920’s celebrity criminals. It opens at Thames Civic Centre, May 18, 2024, with workshops and auditions at the end of this year. Learn more at

Caption: A scene from “Mamma Mia!” performed by Thames Music and Drama company.


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