Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children. Overseen by a charitable trust, The Operating Theatre Trust, we create world-class theatre most often based on New Zealand literature.
We see live theatre as a way to engage children with literature, and to encourage reading. We know that theatre is more than “just” entertainment; we also see it as an integral part of their education, their growing up experiences, socilaisation skills, and encouraging and exploring their imaginations.
Our shows are supported by an ever-growing fan base, with shows being enjoyed by over 20,000 people a year. Typically the productions are based on New Zealand literature with plays based on stories by local authors.
As part of a way of giving back to our community, each season we invite children from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and, when special funding allows, provide free tickets for children from low decile schools to provide the opportunity to engage with them at another level with children’s literature.
Since 2004, we have sought to make theatre accessible to various children with disability, providing a NZ Sign Language interpreter for special performances, and support a number of special education units in their visits to our shows. We have also begun to offer Audio Described performances which start with a Touch Tour of the set, props and costumes for blind and visually-impaired children.
“Mrs Wishy-Washy is more than just a comfortable hour long dalliance in the theatre. It is a fine addition to the children theatre…”