Phone: +09 486 2261
The Great Piratical Rumbustification



or for phone bookings phone 09 489 8360

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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.

Tim Bray Productions – Auckland’s leading

theatre for children – presents:

The Great Piratical Rumbustification


adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY,


View the trailer of the show by clicking here.

Read a review of the show here –

Age: 3-8

Tim Bray Productions’ shows are generally suitable for ages 3-8. Shows may also appeal to older children who have an interest in the performing arts. Children younger than 3 years of age are welcome and often enjoy the spectacle of live theatre.

 Check out our 2017 Theatre Season Poster here.

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The pirates are restless. ‘Oh, for a pirate party!’ they declare. But…a pirate party must be a stolen one. Put on your best pirate finery, grab your parrot, then come and enjoy Margaret Mahy’s piratical fun and the best rumbustification you’ve had in years.

“Perhaps Bray’s most noteworthy quality as an adapter/director of children’s stories is his uncanny ability to find the essence of the works he adapts and to find ways to translate this to the stage. His work with Mahy’s quirky creations is no exception.  It’s been my pleasure to see many of Bray’s children’s theatre works but I have to say The Great Piratical Rumbustification is quite simply his best effort yet and it’s all down to harmony.- Review, Lexie Matheson, Theatreview (July 2012 production)

Term Time Season: Mon  3 – Fri 7 July

10.30am / 1pm daily

School Holiday Season: Sat 8 – Sat 22 July

10.30 am / 2 pm daily (no shows on Sundays)

Gala Performance: Saturday 1 July, 5pm

Thanks to the Mazda Foundation for their support, we are proud to present

 NZSL Performance

Gala Performance – Saturday 1st July at 5pm
Friday 7th July at 10.30am

Thanks to the Creative Communities Scheme for their support, we are proud to present:

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Wednesday 5th July at 12.00pm
Saturday 15th July at 1.00pm

Read more about Accessible Performances.


10.30 am and 1 pm daily (shows approx. 55 min long)

– Generous discounts and benefits for groups – click here

– Free Teachers’ Resource Guide packed with cross-curricula activities to do before and after your visit to the show

– Home School groups welcome.

– 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.

EDUCATIONAL GROUPS for more info and bookings click here or email to  (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)

– 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)

– Free Teachers’ Resource Guide available for Educational groups.


10.30 am and 2 pm daily (No shows on Sundays)

- Early Bird discount days – Saturday 8 and Monday 10 July (all tickets just $19.50)

Costume Parades (School Holiday season only): Children – have some fun and come dressed as children’s finest pirate garb for the Costume Parade at the start of the show

NB: All children require a ticket as part of the PumpHouse Theatre ticketing policy. Only babes in arms can be granted free entry.

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 and director. Please contact the Tim Bray Productions’ office for more information and bookings.

Phone: 09-486-2261


click here for more Theatre Workshop information



Gala Opening Performance: Saturday 1 July, 5pm

– 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.


Accessible Performances:

Wheelchair accessible seats are B14 and C14 and must be booked in advance. Please advise ushers upon arrival if you have booked a wheelchair accessible seat.

NZSL Performances:

Gala Performance – Saturday 1st July at 5pm
Friday 7th July at 10.30am

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Wednesday 5th July at 12.00pm

 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

Saturday 15th July at 1.00pm

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

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


Download our 2017 Theatre Season poster here.

Ticket Prices for Educational Groups

See our 2017 Educational Groups price page: 2017 Ticket Price Guide

Ticket Prices for Public

A + B Reserve Early Bird Discount Days 8th and 10th July Only) $19.50
A Reserve Individual Adult Ticket $25.00
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 (8th and 10th July Only) $17.50
Restricted         Viewing $19.50
Gala Opening $30.00

The seating diagram on The PumpHouse booking site indicates the front rows and stage at the top of your screen.


A Reserve

– Row AA is the front row and closest to the stage

– Rows D – K (Row D is the first elevated row). These seats are in the tiered, elevated section and are recommended for small children to enable unobstructed views over the heads of audience members in the rows in front

B Reserve

– Rows A, B and C can have sightline issues for small children due to being at ground level

– Rows L &M have reasonable views. These seats are at the very back of the theatre and not recommended for people with limited mobility.

Restricted Viewing:

– Rows X & Y are in the balconies – these seats can have obstructed views for small children due to a safety rail at eye level. Children are not permitted to stand on their seats.

NB: All children who are walking must have an allocated seat and a ticket. Only babes in arms are free and only babes in arms may sit on the knees of adults.

Running time for the show is 50-60 minutes with no interval.

Prams, car seats and capsules are not permitted in the auditorium. (They may be left in the theatre foyer)

Consumption of food and drinks (except water) is not permitted in the auditorium.

An early arrival is recommended, for parking, collecting of tickets etc.

There is a free car park next to the PumpHouse Theatre which is accessed down the driveway off Manurere Ave. If this is full, there is another free car park accessed via a driveway into Killarney Park opposite Takapuna Primary School and Auburn Street with an easy walk down the footpath to The PumpHouse Theatre.





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 — Lexie Matheson