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Thomas Campbell at Dolphin Theatre


Dolphin Theatre has been a sanctuary of the arts in our community, for well over 50 years. Close to 300 full-length productions have been staged at the historic Spring Street building, and from the 28th of April to the 13th of May, faithful fans flocked to see the much-anticipated Cripple of Inishmaan show.

Dolphin-Theatre Jun17Directed by Julian Toy-Cronin, the story is set in 1934. The black comedy centres on Billy (played by Harry Casey) - the village cripple, who contrives a daring plan to escape his sombre life off the west coast of Ireland. Patrons were treated to some fine local talent, in the form of 17-year-old Thomas Campbell. The Onehunga High School student and prefect, plays Bartley McCormick, the younger feeble brother of Billy’s love interest Helen (portrayed by Imogen Wells).  

Thomas made his stage debut in 2012, and previously featured as Gordie Summers in Closure in 2014. Other Dolphin acts under his belt include appearances in Childhood, On Golden Pond, and The Darling Buds of May. After his first taste of acting, he was hooked. “It sparked my interest, which has now become my passion. The experience really helped boost my confidence, and improved the way I interact with others”.

Thomas has developed many skills through his time at Dolphin Theatre, and is thankful to president Jan Saussey and other committee members for their ongoing mentoring and support. He values all the relationships he has built with the “brilliant” directors and casts over the years, and praises those he calls “unsung heroes”, who work behind the scene with stage, props, and costumes. 

Since a modernised theatre upgrade in 2012, and the portrayal of more spirited plays, Dolphin Theatre has slowly drawn in a younger audience and actors. Thomas has been an ideal advocate, promoting the theatre at every opportunity. He is currently involved with the National Youth Theatre Company’s production of Oliver! playing at the Aotea Centre in June, and looks forward to the journey ahead.














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