Christmas is a time to grow up.

"The first thing to say is book now...and be as surprised, delighted and shocked as I have been."


It is Christmas Eve and Wellington Combined College students are putting on their Christmas show, put together by a group of students who received the most 2017 detentions.

The pressure of preparation, practice, and performance slowly forces each character to out their Christmas confessions – both on and off the stage. Working over two BATS Theatre spaces, the audience of The Christmas Detention Centre experience the show in two halves: the terrible production the students are forced to put on in the School Hall (The Heyday Dome); and the backstage shenanigans taking place in the teacher's staff room (The Propeller Stage). The show splits audiences in two to watch either half, with a unique switch at interval. No two experiences are the same.

The Christmas Detention Centre is a unique event for audiences to witness both the brouhaha of a backstage dressing room, and the rush to get to opening night. All of it set at the most wonderful (vulnerable) time of year.

Will the years' naughtiest students get a show on its feet? Either way ... it must go on. And they must grow up.

Please note: The Christmas Detention Centre is recommended for ages 15+

Season Pass 

Make the most of the silly season with the Ho Ho Ho Season Pass. Grab a Full Price Season Pass for $30 and Concession for $22.

The Creative Team 



Mr. P (P.E. Teacher) - Barnaby Olson
“Miss” (Drama Teacher) - Jean Sergent


Louie B -  Logan Cole
Jana Burner - Ashleigh Williams
Julian Norris - Jake Brown
Harrison Kennedy - Tom Clarke
Gabrielle Kennedy -  Hannah Kelly


Produced by Chapel Perilous
Director - Stella Reid
Assistant Direction - Isadora Lao
Script Advisor - Finnius Teppett
Production Design - Rose Kirkup
Lighting Designer, Operator, and Technician - Jason Longstaff
Sound Design - Thomas Lambert & Oli Devlin
Publicity and Operation - Maddy Warren
Stage Management - Marshall Rankin




The Christmas Detention Centre invites the audience to move between The Propeller Stage on the Ground Floor and The Heyday Dome on the first floor via stairs. For audience members who use a wheelchair or find it difficult to use stairs, we recommend please getting in touch with Clare, Front of House Manager on 04 802 4176 to discuss options.