The Ranfurly Players was a theatre Repertory of enthusiastic Actors who have intellectual impairments and disabilities. The Repertory was formed in 2005 at the Activity Centre of Ranfurly Care Society Inc. in Auckland under the guidance of Creative Director, Brett Ihaka.
They presented their first production that same year of William Shakespeares' great tragedy 'MacBeth'. This was followed by the 2006 play - a rendition of Sherlock Holmes 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. In 2007 they staged 'The Three Musketeers'. Their latest play was staged in 2008 - 'Antony and Cleopatra', which was directed by Murray Nash (a student at the Activity Centre).
The Ranfurly Players was the only theatre Repertory of its kind in New Zealand showcasing the acting skills of people with intellectual impairments and disabilities. The Actors rehearse, learn dialogue, stage movement, improvisation and bring to the stage their own unique skills and talents which fosters a great spirit of independence.
The Repertory was supported by a committed group of Tutors at the Ranfurly Care Society. Our goal was to provide an artistic and creative endeavour for all of those who may not have had the opportunity.