The Creatives

From left: Kathleen Burns, Yvonne Martin, Geoffrey Heath, Roanna Dalziel, Tom Trevella, Eilish Moran, Cameron Douglas, Rosie Cruikshank, Karen Zelas

Photo: Nicki Reece
Director: Yvonne Martin

Yvonne has worked at the Court Theatre, Christchurch, as an actor/singer/director since 1979, with over 130 shows to her credit. In 1988, she was created an Associate of The Court. She has appeared in diverse roles in straight plays and musical theatre throughout New Zealand and directed stage productions for The Court, NASDA and Christchurch Repertory Theatre. TV and film credits include, Shortland Street; Starlight Hotel; and Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

Eilish Moran

Eilish is an Associate of The Court Theatre and has performed in 80 productions for the theatre. She has been a Playschool Presenter, a reporter for the series Money and featured in Gaylene Preston’s series Hope and Wire. Eilish is also a primary school teacher. 

Tom Trevella

Tom works as a stage, screen and voice actor. Recently, he featured in Peninsula, a short film shot and produced on Banks Peninsula, which was selected to appear in the TriBeCa film festival in New York. In June 2021, he performed a solo show, 2Graves, written by Paul Sellar, at the Lyttelton Arts Factory.

Kathleen Burns

Kathleen Burns has nearly twenty years’ experience in the industry. She began her career as an improviser in Scared Scriptless, is a graduate of NASDA, and performs in theatres all over the country. From Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood, to Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, to an evil Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid, she relishes any theatrical challenge that comes her way. Her hilarious web series Sextortion can be found on

Cameron Douglas

Cameron is a graduate of NASDA. His professional theatre debut was at The Court Theatre in My Fair Lady and he has since performed in numerous productions, most recently A Streetcar Named Desire, Jersey Boys and Once. Other theatre highlights include Red; Avenue Q (Fortune Theatre); Poor Boy; Oliver; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Auckland Theatre Company); Assassins (Silo Theatre Company) and being an original cast member of That Bloody Woman. Cameron’s professional experience also spans television and music. He is the lead singer and acoustic guitarist of New Zealand’s premiere skiffle rock and roll band, The Goldonies. His television credits include Outrageous Fortune; Legend of the Seeker and One Night Only.

Geoffrey Heath

Geoffrey Heath, a professional actor since 1979, first appeared at Fortune Theatre in Dunedin. His association with Christchurch was in 1980 at The Court Theatre. Then followed several years in the North Island, appearing at Downstage in Wellington, Centrepoint at Palmerston North and numerous productions for TV and radio. In 1992, returning to Christchurch, Geoffrey started a long association with The Court Theatre, in a wide variety of roles and productions, and was made an Associate of The Court in 2011.

Roanna Dalziel

In London, Roanna self-produced a short season of her work Lost in Thought and then an abridged version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Acting highlights include: Beanie Brown (a bald nurse) on Shortland Street, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for Black Cat Theatre, Lady Macbeth for Cambridge Shakespeare Festival and Moira in the UK premier of Foreskin’s Lament.

Rosie Cruickshank

Rosie Cruickshank is a writer and performance poet in Christchurch. She is a member and fierce advocate for Write On School for Young Writers and Cashmere High School Writer’s Group. Her works can be found in Catalyst, Re-Draft, Write On and whatever other amateur publications she is currently working on. She loves speaking to daunting crowds, tragic skateboarding attempts and writing really nerdy art history essays.

Sound Recordist: Nicki Reece

Nicki has worked at Plains FM since 1989, after completing a broadcasting course at Christchurch Polytechnic. At first she was in the production area, then became Programme Director, training broadcasters, and, in 2007, Station Manager. Nicki visited China in this role, was on the advisory board for KidsFest and Sound Archives NZ, and has won NZ Radio Awards as a producer, including the 20-part series After March 15th following the terrible Mosque attacks in 2019. Her second language is Italian, having worked in Italy for 2 years. She was a professional singer for over 20 years, performing at festivals, concerts, private gigs and restaurants, and she loves all the creative arts.

Playwright: Karen Zelas

Karen is a psychiatrist-turned-writer. Over the last decade, she has established herself as an author of plays, poetry and novels. She also runs a small indie publishing firm – Pūkeko Publications – and loves the opportunity to work together with creative and talented people.

From left: Nicki Reece, Karen Zelas and Eilish Moran