A new theatre group was formed in 2012, aiming to bring quality productions to the northern region of Auckland, employing professional actors in leading roles and giving opportunities to young talent to showcase their skills on stage in the minor roles. Tadpole Productions has also instigated training for backstage and technical crew.
Two productions a year have been produced since 2012 – to date all plays, but the intention is to add small musical, educational or experimental pieces into the mix, offering a balanced repertoire.
2012 saw two acclaimed productions staged – historical drama “The Lion in Winter” in June and the Neil Simon comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, in October. For their production in May 2013 Tadpole presented the internationally acclaimed play “Driving Miss Daisy” with iconic New Zealand actors George Henare and Annie Whittle playing the two lead roles. Their October show for 2013 was the thriller “The Woman in Black“. “Absent Friends” was produced in 2014, followed by “Stones in His Pockets“, and 2015 saw “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” performed in May and “Social Climbers” in October. The 2016 season productions were “Same Time Next Year” and “The Pink Hammer“.