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Lunchtime concerts and theatre


These 50-minute concerts showcase performances by staff, senior students and visiting performers. They take place every Wednesday at 1 pm in Marama Hall during semester time.

Tickets: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.

Wheelchair accessible.


A wide range of 50-minute theatrical pieces put on by our Theatre students in historic Allen Hall Theatre.  Thursdays and Fridays at 1 pm during semester time with some evening performances

Tickets: $7 waged, $5 unwaged.

Ticket sales and online booking

Door sales and Eftpos available.

Tickets can be booked online through

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Strong female characters

Wednesday 16 June 2021

What do you get when you cross the woman on the ten dollar note and punk rock? A musical of course.

A young rapper with a message to inspire

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Tane Mercer is not just any performer. With a story of resilience and a passion for encouraging other young people he is already making waves in the world of rap music.

Beethoven's Big Bash – Wednesday 14 April

Thursday 22 April 2021

Dunedin's town hall filled with the music of Beethoven last Wednesday evening with many of Dunedin’s amateur musicians revelling in the chance to perform alongside the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Adams.

From cult classic to Dunedin stage

Friday 16 April 2021

The final curtain call is just moments away for a group of performers bringing a popular Broadway show to the local stage.

Original waiata feature of building blessing

Friday 13 March 2020

The University’s new Music, Theatre and Performing Arts Centre was officially opened with a whakawaatea (blessing) and a waiata composed for the occasion.

Fulbright scholars excited by opportunities

Thursday 13 February 2020

Two University of Otago staff have received 2020 Scholar Awards from Fulbright New Zealand, allowing them to travel to the United States to pursue research and form international connections. 

Albany St studio closure not the end of the road

Thursday 6 February 2020

Dr Ian Chapman reflects on the legacy of the Albany St studios, which were formerly owned by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (the NZBC) and home to the University’s contemporary music programme since 2000.