The Real Theatre Company Welcomes You

Welcome to The Real Theatre Company’s website for The Hawkes Bay.

We are an established theatre production company and have produced both amateur and semi professional theatrical productions in nearly all Auckland theatre venues. Now based in Hawkes Bay, The Real Theatre Company is working with local talent to stage productions in Napier and in Hastings and we are in the process of re-establishing ourselves as either a charitable trust or an incorporated society. We will also be running acting classes for adults and teenagers to grow and expand acting skills for stage and screen.

The acting classes are designed to develop acting technique to ensure actors interactions on stage are focused, energised, empathetic and truthful.

The course will develop the actors self confidence through exercises which explore their vulnerability, sensitivity and empathy.

David has over 40 years experience training actors and working in the theatre first in Hawkes Bay and then in professional theatre in Auckland.

In 1986 he was invited by Raymond Hawthorne to direct at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre where his productions included; Kiss of the Spider Woman, I’m Not Rapparport, Judy, Our Country’s Good and the World premiere of New Zealand’s most popular play ‘Ladies Night’.

On leaving the Mercury Theatre In 2001, David co-founded the South Seas Film and Television School where he was the associate director and developed and tutored their On Screen Acting course and trained television presenters.  

During his 10 years at The Film School David Established the Real Theatre Company  and continued to stage professional theatre productions in most Auckland venues. These included; Amadeus, Equus, Death and the Maiden, Tell Me on a Sunday, Bug, Godspell,  Rangi and Papa for the opening of the Aotea Centre.  Fame, West Side Story, Coloured Girls, Love off the Shelf and Saving Grace for which he won The Roger Hall Directors Award.

During these ten years, David also produced and directed over 50 theatre productions for children at Auckland’s Logan Campbell 3000 seat theatre.

In 2009 David Coddington developed and was the Director of The Manukau Institute of Technology Bachelor of Performing Arts programme, where he continued as director until his retirement in 2015.

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