THE PUMPHOUSE THEATRE: What's On
Tim Bray Productions Presents: Pippi Longstocking at The PumpHouse Theatre
Hi-jinks fun for boys and girls of all ages
Tim Bray Productions is one of Auckland’s oldest professional theatre companies and now regarded as Auckland’s leading theatre for children. Their shows attract more than 25,000 children, parents, grandparents and teachers from across Auckland (and further) to the North Shore annually. “We even have audience members travel from Whangarei, Coromandel, Tauranga and Hamilton just to see our shows”, says Artistic Director Tim Bray.
Tim established the company in 1991 when the Auckland Youth Theatre (where Tim studied as a teenager under the tutelage of Mary Amoore) closed. The new company was a way to continue with the spirit of what he’d learned from her. On his motivations for producing children’s theatre he continues - “My parents introduced me to theatre at an early age, and I still have vivid memories of shows at the Mercury Theatre and His Majesty’s. I love to think that the shows we’re creating will become fond memories in the future for our current audience.”
The company has had several highlights over the last 22 years including performing for TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, at Margaret Mahy’s 70th birthday and, sadly, at her Memorial last year and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Regular audience member, Alison Feeney (Meadowbank) says, “We have been attending Tim's shows for nearly 10 years, it’s well worth the trek over the Harbour Bridge. The shows are outstanding in terms of live performance and staging, and on a par with those put on by the famous Polka Theatre, London (a dedicated children's theatre). The shows have delightful appeal both to adults and children, and totally hold the audience captive. “
The company is constantly looking for ways to improve its offering and Tim was one of twelve leading Auckland creative entrepreneurs selected for a year long mentoring programme, ART Venture, in 2012. As part of the scheme he has received funding from ARTS Regional Trust to visit specialised theatre companies for children in Australia, Canada, UK and Europe in 2014, which will bring new creative and business insights to the company.
As a not-for-profit charitable trust Tim Bray Productions (administered by The Operating Theatre Trust) offers free tickets low decile schools (with assistance from Mazda and Becroft Foundations) as well as tickets for children under the care of Ronald McDonald House and the Make-A –Wish Foundation, so that they can smile for a while.
Children can now also become actively involved either through Tim Bray Productions’ Youth Theatre; drama classes based at TAPAC (Western Springs) and The Lake House (Takapuna), and with one off Theatre Workshops that run alongside the shows.
Pippi Longstocking, the next Tim Bray Production, plays at the PumpHouse this July. The show will be a fast, physical and funny presentation of an enduring favourite. The irrepressible Pippi Longstocking has flaming red ponytails and lives all by herself (imagine, no grown-ups! ) in Villekulla Cottage. Join Pippi, her pet monkey,Mr Nelson, and her friends, Tommy and Annika, as she outsmarts bullies, and is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King.
by Astrid Lindgren
Mon 8 – Fri 12 July
10.30am & 1pm daily
School Holiday Season:
Sat 13 July – Sat 27 July
10.30am & 2pm daily (no shows Sundays)
Fri 19 & Fri 26 July 6.30pm
The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna
Bookings phone 09-489-8360 or via website below: