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David Charteris

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This is my 135th direction of a production since I started directing in 1975. That play was written by an American as there were very few New Zealand plays at that time. Now, thankfully, we have a great library of New Zealand plays, and more coming all the time.

The Big OE is my second production of the fine comedy writing of Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley. I directed their Boys at the Beach here at Ellerslie in 2017.

Our audiences enjoy recognising their friends, neighbours and sometimes themselves, when they go to the theatre now, so it is a pleasure to present this production which is all about travel and why we do it. We go to see the world and then find ourselves!

This is my first major production since the Covid epidemic closed down so many opportunities, not only for me but many, many others. It is such a pleasure to be back directing a cast in a full-length play. What a play and what a cast!

The Ellerslie Theatre Company has been good to me. It was on this stage that I played the Narrator in Bruce Masonís classic play The End of The Golden Weather and the father in The Father. Many fine memories from other shows too and this production, with its fine cast and support team, has created so many more.

My thanks to all the volunteers and new friends made during my time here over the years with the Ellerslie Theatre Company.


For Ellerslie TheatreThe Big OE (2023)director
The Father (2023)Andre
The 39 Steps (2017)prompt
Boys at the Beach (2017)director
The Graduate (2016)prompt
Murder in Stages - Murder Mystery Dinner (2016)writer
Murder in Stages - Murder Mystery Dinner (2016)director
The End of the Golden Weather (2016)Narrator
The Playboy of the Western World (2015)Michael James Flaherty
The Playboy of the Western World (2015)properties
Unexpectedly Vacant (2015)Bruce
Cat And Mouse (2015)Doug
Dinner For One (2015)James
Motel (2014)The Motel Manager
Take A Chance On Me (2014)Dan
Happiness (2013)Steven
Present Laughter (2013)Henry Lyppiatt