26 November to 11 December 2021 


By April Phillips

Directed by Merv Beets

Ralph, Archie and George have been golf buddies for donkeys’ years and now they’re retired and spending more time than ever on the course and in the 19th hole.

Their long-suffering “golf widows” have had enough. The girls want to enjoy their golden years and put some spice back into their lives. With “one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel”, George has to accept he is no longer the Sean Connery of the Happy Valley Golf Club. His golf-widow, wife Flo enjoys nothing better than going to bed with a good book, while George is banished to another room because he snores.

Archie may struggle to keep up with the pace wife Pam sets in the boudoir, but at least he and George acknowledge the “happy wife, happy life” principle.

Bombastic Ralph, on the other hand, has yet to learn that lesson. When wife Mabel wants to join the other gals for a salsa class, Ralph puts his foot down – and Mabel leaves.

Golf then is really just a vehicle for this chip shot out of the old rocky relationship bunker. Can these old timers get their marriages out of the bunker? Who will win the battle of the sexes? Will the game drive a wedge between them? Is there sex after sixty five? This play is for both lovers and haters of the gentleman’s game.

Attending live theatre in a COVID world

16th Avenue Theatre is committed to protecting the health and safety of patrons, cast, crew and front of house personnel and has implemented a Covid-19 response plan consistent with Ministry of Health guidelines and recommendations.  Tickets will be sold for General Admission to allow us to reconfigure seating arrangements every night to allow for Level 2 social distancing requirements.   Please be patient with our Front of House Team 


  • Please arrive early and take your seat in the auditorium when requested by our Front of House personnel. You may bring refreshments purchased from our Green Room Bar  into the auditorium to enjoy during the performance.

Our performances start at 7.30pm for evening shows and at 2pm for Sunday matinees.

  • Late arrivals will need to enter the theatre via the side entrance as the front door will be closed when the performance is about to begin.    Our Front of House personnel will seat you in an easily accessible seat at an appropriate time in the play.   Please be aware that for some productions it will not be possible to seat late-comers as it will be distracting for the cast and other patrons


Exciting News from iTicket

New Zealand event ticketing company iTICKET will be among the first in the country to provide streamlined pre-verification of event attendee’s COVID-19 vaccination status, using the government’s new My Vaccine Pass.

Working with Auckland-based identity provider MATTR, the government’s technology provider for both the domestic My Vaccine Pass and verifier app, iTICKET has secured an integration license to provide secure pre-verification for events built into the ticketing process.  Event promoters who wish to use pre-verification can make their onsite entry process faster and more streamlined for events where vaccine passes are required.

After purchasing tickets online through the iTICKET website, customers will then link to a new portal enabling them to officially pre-verify their MoH issued My Vaccine Pass for their ticket ahead of time, along with the ability to share other tickets to friends for them to do the same. By pre-verifying, this means attendees will only need a single scan of their ticket on arrival at the event.
iTICKET’s pre-verification feature will be available for when the government confirms the decision to move the country to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light system) on 29 November.

Delivering ticketing services across New Zealand since 2004, iTICKET is well regarded for their innovation and excellence across their proprietary ticketing engine and 360˚ service.

iTICKET Managing Director Reece Preston says, “It was important for us to reach out to MATTR quickly to ensure delivery of this offering in advance of the COVID-19 Protection Framework rollout later this month. Providing promoters with options now, and being able to minimise wait times on arrival for customers with streamlined verification is imperative to delivering a great event experience.”


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