Richard Mays

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Involved in theatre from adolescence and at uni, and briefly professional, Richard was diverted into radio.

As a presenter he previewed and reviewed performances from the wider Manawatū region on local stations, and for a time contributed on RNZ National.

Richard has also reviewed professionally over the past three decades for Manawatū newspapers the Guardian, Tribune and (until kiboshed last year by Covid) Manawatū Standard while keeping his hand in as an occasional community actor. 

In 2003 Richard co-founded the annual Globe Theatre Awards, now the Regional Theatre Awards, for performances involving community theatre groups from Taihape down to Levin, and Feilding across to Pahiatua.

During the subsequent years he has been prominent as an awards assessor/adjudicator attending around 30 regional productions a year, recognising, rewarding and championing the achievements of local community performers and performance groups.

Richard Mays's reviews

Le Sud

Palmerston North

16/07/2011 - 27/08/2011

"‘Sud’ missile on target as an irrepressible comic fantasy..

"Often very funny romp nearly always entertaining..


Palmerston North

28/05/2011 - 02/07/2011

"A wealth of understanding of human nature..

"Raw and rugged, dramatic, compassionate and uplifting love song of the sea..

Ladies For Hire

Palmerston North

07/11/2009 - 19/12/2009

"The ghost of Christmas present..

"Hits the spot..

Who Wants to be 100? Anyone who’s 99

Palmerston North

18/05/2009 - 30/05/2009

"Treads a tricky course..

Destination: Death

Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North

17/04/2008 - 04/03/2009

"Perfectly entertained and moved..

"A memorable slice of rural life..

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Romeo & Juliet

Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington

18/07/2008 - 24/08/2008

"Thought-provoking and emotional experience..

"All elements in harmony..

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A Very Splendid Dinner Party

Palmerston North

17/07/2008 - 19/07/2008

"Inventive immersion experience offers novel and surreal entertainment..

The Gods of Warm Beer

Palmerston North

14/06/2008 - 26/07/2008

"Ripsnorting tragi-satiric epic..

"Warm beer hits just the right spot..

Stand Up Love

Palmerston North, Wellington

27/04/2007 - 09/06/2007

"Formidable double act fascinates..

"Pain in the proverbial..

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The Farm

Palmerston North

02/06/2007 - 30/06/2007

"Funny Farm is rollicking rural yarn..

"Rapturous welcome home..

In Shakespeare Heaven 2007

Palmerston North

23/04/2007 - 24/04/2007

"Mischievous mutilation of the Bard..

Porcelain Grin


26/02/2007 - 01/03/2007

"Quirky impressionistic performance..

"Visual surprises and delight..

The Glass Menagerie

Palmerston North

24/04/2007 - 05/05/2007

"Rewarding reinvention..

"Breath-taking up-take of a challenge..

The One After the Last Goon Show

Palmerston North

19/04/2007 - 21/04/2007

"“It does in a daft fashion work”..

"Hawes' Goon Show 'a marvellous thing'..

The Tutor

Auckland, Palmerston North

15/02/2007 - 14/04/2007

"The characters get under the skin of usual stereotypical perceptions..

"Provocative satire perceptively pillories preoccupations..

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Weighing In

Palmerston North

02/11/2006 - 16/11/2006

"The weigh of all flesh..

"Muted weight loss comedy..

After Service

Palmerston North, Wellington

12/02/2006 - 23/09/2006

"Black comedy launches new theatre venue..

"Classy Kiwi theatre..

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The Underarm

Palmerston North, Wellington

14/09/2006 - 25/11/2006

"Actors keep their eyes on the ball..

"Brothers at the crease..

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