Performing Arts

Several performing arts venues and theatres through the region serve up a delightful array of talents and productions. Whether classical theatre, the art of dance or comedic performances are your thing, the Palmerston North and Manawatu performing arts scene is one of many tunes, talents and displays.  

School Dance
Saturday 29 April
A winning comedy for the loser in us all. “One of the funniest things I've seen on stage in years." - Sydney Morning Herald This is a story of three teenage boys. Matt, Luke and Jonathon. They’re going to a ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
The Supermarket Sisterhood
Saturday 29 April - Saturday 13 May
An NZ Comedy by Devon Williamson Directed by Maxine Dale As if the daily skirmishes with farcical customers and the dim-witted men in their lives wasn't enough, the women who operate the checkouts at the Discount Co ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Manawatu Tattoo 2017
Sunday 30 April
Manawatu Tattoo is a show for all ages. Suzanne Prentice OBE features alongside 160 local, national and international performers from the Manawatu & Foundation NZ Youth Pipe Bands, Erna Ferry and the Swamp City Big Band,...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Henna Tattoos and Eyebrows Threading
Sunday 30 April
Henna tattoos is a traditional art can do on body and hands. Henna is made of natural leaves paste. And eyebrows threading is also traditional way to do eyebrows by using cotton thread which is painless and no chemical ...
Venue:
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
Palmy Comedy Workshops
Sunday 30 April
Do you think you are funny? Like to make people laugh? Know someone else who’s hilarious and you say to them, “you should be a comedian”? I’m holding a series of collaborative workshops/tutorials for people ...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Manawatu Writers' Hub
Monday 1 May
Special guest Rachel Dore will discuss the Manawatu Writers' Festival happening in September.
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Bollywood Dance Sessions
Monday 1 May - Monday 15 May
A great opportunity to try something new at Shree Bollywood dance Academy NZ. Take a break from your usual schedule and come join a fun and social way of exercising and learning real "Bollywood moves". The academy ...
Venue:
Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
St Peters Lunchtime Concert - Baroque to Modern
Tuesday 2 May
The May concert entitled “Form Baroque to Modern" features three very talented performers - Gemma Savill, Ainsley Smithers and Marian Sun who are pupils of Chrissy Hunter and are completing their Advanced Certificate ...
Venue:
St Peter's Anglican Church, Palmerston North
Samba Drumming Band Practice With Samba Ao Vento
Thursday 4 May - Thursday 11 May
Samba ao Vento is a Brazilian drumming band in Palmerston North. Born out of African rhythms, Samba is the music you hear at the Carnival in Rio, and increasingly all over the world. The drumming section - or ...
Venue:
The Stomach, Palmerston North
Crows Feet Dance Collective
Thursday 4 May - Thursday 25 May
A contemporary dance project for adults leading to an August performance. The theme is the Manawatu river - wad-eable or swim-able? a tongue in cheek look at our environmental issues. All welcome to join, and have ...
Venue:
Michelle Robinson Dance Studio, Palmerston North
Swan Lake - Moscow Ballet La Classique
Friday 5 May
Following sell-out performances of Sleeping Beauty, Moscow Ballet 'La Classique' makes a triumphant return to New Zealand. This most splendid ballet of all time is brought to life by Petipa & Tchaikovsky's spectacular ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Classic Peking Opera Performance
Friday 5 May
To celebrate the upcoming China Culture Week, the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand in cooperation with the Heilongjiang Department of Culture has invited Heilongjiang Peking Opera Theatre to visit NZ in May. One ...
Venue:
Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, Palmerston North
Move 'n' Groove Manawatu
Friday 5 May
Jennifer Moss Music presents an inspiring & friendly evening of drumming, cajon, dance & singing... featuring the students from Jennifer Moss Music groups & private students. A friendly and informal gathering to ...
Venue:
Shed 23, Palmerston North
Manawatu Baroque Concert
Sunday 7 May
Three local players, Hannah Fang (violin), Sasha Routh (‘cello) and Roy Tankersley (harpsichord), will be joined by Whanganui organist Leonard Cave in a presentation of Baroque works as part of the Te Manawa Series. ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Tiki Taane Mahuta
Friday 19 May
After a stunning 2015 debut, the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu season of Tiki Taane Mahuta returns to tour Aotearoa in 2017, featuring live performance from the iconic Tiki Taane. Tiki Taane Mahuta is presented in ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
God Awful Company – New Palmy-Written Comedy
Friday 19 May - Saturday 27 May
A brand new comedy of almighty proportions, God Awful Company is hitting the Palmerston North stage. The ancient and all-powerful gods are meeting, but there’s one small problem...Kevin. By some cosmic joke, this ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Four Flat Whites In Italy
Saturday 20 May
Four Flat Whites in Italy is the tale of Alison and Adrian, both retired librarians whose frugal life has earned them the right to a dreamed of holiday in Italy with close friends. However, complications arise with this ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Manawatu Sinfonia Autumn Concert
Sunday 21 May
This is the Sinfonia's Golden Jubilee concert. Concerts by the Sinfonia commenced with a performance in Marton on 29 April 1967, repeated on 27 May at Horowhenua College, Levin. Programme - Paul Dukas, Fanfare to ...
Venue:
Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, Palmerston North
The 13-Storey Treehouse
Sunday 21 May
Would you please welcome to the stage... Andy and Terry! Yes, that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
NZSO Family Concert – Symphonic Boogie
Wednesday 24 May
Bring the whole family along to the NZSO's free* family concert in Palmerston North. Featuring some of classical music’s best dance pieces from around the globe. Let the orchestra take you for a spin with music from...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North