Auckland’s leading theatre for children

Tim Bray Productions – Auckland’s leading theatre for children – presents

Mrs Wishy-Washy by JOY COWLEY

adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY, songs by CHRISTINE WHITE

Age: 3 - 8

Term Time Season:

Monday 25 September– Friday 29 September
10.30am / 1pm daily (shows approx. 55 min hour long)

School Holiday Season:

Saturday 30 September– Saturday 14 October
10.30 am / 2 pm daily

Gala Opening Performance:

Saturday 23 September, 5:00 pm

Fundraiser for Brya:

Saturday 30 September, 10:30 am

NZ Sign Language Interpreted Shows:

Saturday 23 September, 5:00 pm
Wednesday 27 September, 1:00 pm

Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours:

Tuesday 26 September, 12:00 pm
Saturday 7 October, 1:00 pm

Ticket Prices for Public
A + B Reserve Early Bird Discount Days (30th September and 2nd October only) $19.50
A Reserve Individual Adult Ticket $25.50
A Reserve Individual Child Ticket $25.00
A Reserve Senior citizen $22.00
B Reserve Individual Adult Ticket $22.00
B Reserve Individual Child Ticket $22.00
A Reserve Family pass 4 seats (extras at $22 each) $88.00
B Reserve Family Pass 4 seats (extras at $20.75 each) $83.00
A Reserve Groups 10+ $21.50
B Reserve Groups 10+ $19.50
A Reserve Groups 20+ $20.50
B Reserve Groups 20+ $18.50
A Reserve Groups 50+ $18.50
Restricted Viewing Early Bird Discount Days (30th September and 2nd October Only) $17.50
Restricted Viewing $19.50
Gala Opening $30.00

About the Show

“Oh, lovely mud!” say Mrs Wishy-Washy’s farm animals Cow, Duck and Pig.  As much as they revel in getting mucky, Mrs Wishy-Washy loves to get them clean. Join in the excitement as Joy Cowley’s much-loved characters spring to life out of the much-loved series of picture books.

Bray’s decision to script the Mrs Wishy-Washy stories must have been a challenge but a challenge he has risen to with an expertise that is admirable. That he has been successful speaks volumes for his understanding of the genre and of the creative process itself.  Bray has sensibly chosen to create his work within a readily understood form: adult actors playing animals in wonderfully eccentric costumes, a larger than life female character played, in pantomime style, by a wonderfully jovial male and with a single, gender-neutral actor playing a number of linking characters who largely carry the tale…Mrs Wishy-Washy is more than just a comfortable hour long dalliance in the theatre. It is a fine addition to the children’s theatre repertoire and it does Joy Cowley proud on every level.“ –  Review, Lexie Matheson, Theatreview (September 2013 production)

Note: All children, including toddlers who are able to walk, require a ticket as part of The PumpHouse Theatre’s Health and Safety policy. Only babies who can not walk can be granted free entry. If in doubt, please call the PumpHouse Theatre box office on 09 489 8360.


  • Kindergartens & Early Education Groups special rate of $12 per ticket for group of 50+ and $13.50 for group of 20-49. (Adult and child price is the same)
  • Home School groups welcome.
  • EDUCATIONAL GROUPS for more info and bookings click here or email to info@pumphouse. (NB: A PumpHouse Theatre $5 booking fee applies for online purchases. A $20 booking fee applies for all bookings where payment by invoice is required)
  • Free Teachers’ Resource Guide packed with cross-curricula classrom activities to do before and after your visit to the show
  • Enhance your class or school’s visit to the show with a Theatre Workshop. Now available with drama, literature and art activities, Q & A with Tim Bray (diary permitting) and cast, and a backstage tour.
  • Public also welcome at these Term Time shows. Educational discounts do not apply to public bookings.

– Early Bird discount days – 30th September and 2nd October

Costume Parades (School Holiday season only): Children – have some fun and come dressed as one of your favourite Mrs Wishy-Washy character –  try Mrs or Mr Wishy-Washy, Cow, Pig or Duck?

BOOK ONLINE or phone 09-489-8360 to book. (Please see *Booking Tips below)

Theatre Workshops: We now offer fun and hands-on workshops for children at the theatre which are anchored around the performance. Half-day and full-day workshops available during school holidays. Example of activities include literature workshops, drama activities, backstage tours, Q & A’s with cast.

Phone: 09-486-2261


– Small post-show function with drinks and nibbles provided, giveaways for children, as well as lucky prize draws. A chance to meet the cast (out of costume/character) and crew after the show.

Enjoy the fun of Mrs Wishy-Washy and help Brya and her family in their fight against Leukaemia. 100% of the profit from ticket sales to this performance goes to Brya. Find out more details on a Give a Little Page.

Click here to book your tickets.

Thanks to the support of Mazda Foundation that sponsor NZSL Performances.

Click here to book your public tickets online.

Click here to book your Educational Group.

26 September // Audio Described Performance timings:

  • 12.00pm Arrive at The PumpHouse Theatre
  • 12.05pm Touch Tour of the set and props on stage
  • 12.30pm Meet the actors in costume
  • 12.40pm Pick up headsets
  • 12.50pm Audience take their seats

1.00pm Audio Described Performance of the show starts

7 October // Audio Described Performance timings:

  • 1.00pm Arrive at The PumpHouse Theatre
  • 1.05pm Touch Tour of the set and props on stage
  • 1.30pm Meet the actors in costume
  • 1.40pm Pick up headsets
  • 1.50pm Audience take their seats

2.00pm Audio Described Performance of the show starts

Headsets are limited and must be reserved in advance. To reserve headsets or find out more about the Education Season performance and Teacher Resources, email your enquiry to

Click here to book your public tickets online.

Click here to book your Educational Group.

NB: Limited availability. Book seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

For bookings or ticketing enquiries please call Phone: (09) 489 83 60

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