POPCORN by Ben Elton - OPENS May 12, 2018



Directed by Suzy Sampson (Above) 

 SEASON: 12 – 26 May 2018   R16 recommended

See BOOKINGS Page for performance nights and times.

Winner! Laurence Olivier Award Best New Comedy and Barclays Theatre Award for Best New Play


Bruce Delamitri is a Hollywood Film Maker who makes Tarantino style movies.

 The Press is blaming Bruce for the the recent, copy-cat murder sprees that are taking place. Producer Karla isn’t happy. Neither is his soon to be ex wife Farrah who is worried that there’ll be a backlash and people will start suing and she’ll lose her settlement.

When Wayne and Scout (two wild, teenage lovers) break into Bruce’s house and interrupt his seduction of Playboy Centrefold Brooke, on the night of his Oscar win, moral debate about taking responsibility for one’s actions soon disintegrates with catastrophic results.

Many viewpoints are shown in this intelligent play.

"Funny, gripping and genuinely thought provoking." Daily Telegraph 

 The cast is as follows 


NICK BROWN plays Bruce Delamitri  and ELIZABETH SWAN plays Brooke


GRACE CHISOLM plays Scout and FRANCIS JOHNSON plays Wayne 


GINA SNEESBY plays Farrah Delamitri 


   and SHONA HARRIS plays Karla


  SUZY SAMPSON plays Kirsten  and JASMINE GRAY  plays Velvet Delamitri 


Suzy trained at RADA and the London Academy for Performing Arts in the UK, the Stella Adler Academy in New York and TVI Studios in Los Angeles.  She has 20 years’ experience and has directed theatre productions in London, Hong Kong and most recently the Bay of Plenty.

Her one woman show "Shakespeare’s Will"  in which she portrayed Anne Hathaway, won the Hong Kong Arts Award for Best Production and has toured Hong Kong, Prague, Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga.   She appeared in Company Theatre's production of Ladies' Day. 


Director – Suzy Sampson

Set Design – Suzy Sampson

Production Managers – Linda Camplin and Sherry Ede

Stage Manager – Kay Williams

Assistant Stage Manager – Marissa Wilson

Props/Dressers – Helen Porteous and Ella Lennon

Prompt – Melissa Roberts

Poster Design – Richard Moore

Costumes – Suzy Sampson, Sophia Miernik, Cathie Sandy

Publicity – Sherry Ede, Katie Vincent

Lighting Design and Operation - Stephen Hood

Set Construction – Phil Davis & Helpers - James Carrick, Tony Sandy (Set Paint)

Set Dressing – Suzy Sampson, Caroline Parker

FOH Manager – Lesley Hawkey

Box Office   - Kathy Gent

Bar Manager – Alastair Fletcher



“So, so good.”

 “Excellent casting.”

 “Amazingly real, violent and dramatic.”

“Humanity at its best and worst; leaving the audience contemplating their morality.”

“ Incredible. A MUST see.”

 “When a local theatre does a production that's better than anything you've ever seen professionally or large scale international ...EVER!”

 “Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!!”

 “Fantastic show, well done you guys!”

 “Felt totally immersed in the play”

 “Spell binding.”

 “Such a social commentary”

 “Best play I’ve seen in a long time”.







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