Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children. Overseen by a charitable trust, The Operating Theatre Trust, and since 1991 we have been creating 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 at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland. Typically the productions are based on New Zealand literature with plays based on stories by local authors.
Our productions have toured to Edinburgh, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kaitaia and around the Greater Auckland area.
We have four shows in our repertoire that are available for tour and welcome enquiries from venues, festivals and presenters.
Our tour ready shows are:
The Whale Rider – by Witi Ihimaera
A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories – by Margaret Mahy
Badjelly the Witch – by Spike Milligan
Mrs Wishy-Washy – by Joy Cowley (tour ready in October 2017)
Detailed information regarding these shows can be found at the National Touring Selector https://touringselector.com
Please send enquiries to email@example.com.
We also a few special benefits designed to enhance children’s experience with the live theatre.
- Free Teachers’ Resource Guide
- Packed with cross-curricula activity ideas to do in the classroom before and after your visit to the show.
- These guides are created by Rosemary Tisdall, trained teacher and children’s literature consultant – Getting Kids into Books
- Theatre Workshops
- Anchored around the performance and tailored to the themes of the specific show.
- Activities include storytelling and drama activities, backstage tours, and a Q & A session with cast and director.
- Morning or afternoon sessions available for an additional fee.
- Question & Answer Session with the Cast and Crew
- Available on various shows – this is designed for groups that may be short on time, or for larger groups that would not be so suited to the Theatre Workshops.
- Students gain insight into the workings of the theatre and what it’s like to be part of a professional theatre company.
- Accessible Performances
Since 2004, we have sought to make theatre accessible by providing NZ Sign Language interpreted performances, and in 2015 started offering Audio Described performances.
As part of a way of giving back to our community, each season through our Charity Seats programme we invite children from the Make-a-Wish NZ, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision EducationNetwork of NZ) and low decile schools for free to provide the opportunity to engage with them at another level with our theatre productions.
“Mrs Wishy-Washy is more than just a comfortable hour long dalliance in the theatre. It is a fine addition to the children theatre…”