Kāpiti Playhouse is Steaming ahead

Kāpiti Playhouse’s first production for 2011 is Steaming, by Nell Dunn, directed by Kate Spencer.

Kāpiti Playhouse is currently Steaming ahead and rehearsals are well underway. Look out for the wonderful advertising boards around the region.

Production dates: Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 March; and Wednesday 30 March – Saturday 2 April. All performances start at 8 pm.

Tickets: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. There is a $2 discount per ticket for block bookings of ten or more. There is also a special ‘2-for-1’ offer (eg 2 adult tickets for $18) for the first two nights (Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March).

Bookings: For all bookings and enquiries phone Petronella on 905 9295 or email her through the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Cast: We have an excellent cast of women and crew assembled. We also welcome two newcomers to the stage at Kāpiti Playhouse – Lynette Hardy and Teresa Sullivan. The full cast is as follows:

Violet Lynette Hardy

Josie Dominique Ware

Mrs Meadow Margaret Brown

Dawn Teresa Sullivan

Nancy Rebecca Fraser

Jane Geena Collins

Bill Colin Payne


It’s the early 80s in the East End of London. As people go about their business, women drop into the rather dilapidated public baths that have served the community for many years. In The Turkish Room they take a bath, take a steam, relax and escape from their daily strains of life.

In charge of the women’s baths for the past 18 years is Violet, who absorbs like a sponge much the same as a hairdresser the good times, the traumas and the day-to-day lives of her regular clients.

Hilariously amusing, Steaming focuses on the intimate lives of Mrs Meadow and her dim-wit adult daughter Dawn, posh Nancy and her boho mature divorced student friend Jane, and the rough and ready topless dancer Josie. They are all brought under the spotlight in The Turkish Room. When disaster strikes and the baths are under threat of closure, the mismatched band of women join forces and make a stand for their bastion of escapism.