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Nonsense and fun for the whole family The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

Tim Bray Productions is one of Auckland’s oldest professional theatre companies, and now regarded as Auckland’s leading theatre for children.

Their next show, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, has the honour of being their 70th production since the company started twenty-three years ago in 1991. Edward Lear’s much loved nonsense poem comes to life in a suitably zany way with Tim Bray’s 2014 adaptation. Amanda Rees returns to direct the play, having directed the play for TBP ten years ago, and for this production Tim has updated his script to create an even more exciting and hilarious play for five actors.

The three-week run starts with an Educational Season for schools and early childhood centres in the last week of Term 1 from the Monday 14 April to Friday 17 April at 10.30am and 1pm daily. Public are also welcome at these shows. Educational groups that attend receive generous discounts, a free Teachers’ Resource Guide and one free ticket for teachers per twenty children.
The School Holiday Season runs from Saturday 19 April to Saturday 3 May at 10.30am and 2pm daily. The Gala Opening is Saturday 12 April 5pm with giveaways, nibbles and drinks and a chance to meet the actors out of costume. There are two Early Bird discount days on Saturday 19 and Tuesday 22 April with all tickets $19.50 each. There are no shows on Sundays, Good Friday, Easter Monday or Anzac Day.
On the eve of rehearsals beginning, director Amanda Rees has this to say:
“I’m excited by the new script and the enormously talented cast we have on board.  With Pippi Longstocking (July 2013) I wanted to make it highly acrobatic so that the littler children could have something to be entranced by when the story line was pitched for the older ones.  And it worked a treat.  With The Owl and Pussy-Cat, Tim and I have worked to make this a script and a production which will delight and intrigue the older children, knowing that, classically, it is a poem introduced to littlies. The characters in the play are hugely funny, the story will surprise with its twists and turns and Christine White’s music, the first she wrote for Tim Bray Productions, is clever, at times ridiculously silly, and very, very catchy.”
Starring in the show is Paul Glover (Owl), Anthea Hill (Pussy-Cat), Donogh Rees (Turkey and Parrot), Bryony Skillington (Piggy-Wig and Parrot) and Amber Cureen (Parrot and other characters).
Since 2004, Tim Bray Productions have offered performances with New Zealand Sign Language interpreters for deaf and hearing-impaired children and adults. In this season, interpreted shows are available at the Gala Opening on Saturday 12th April at 5pm and on Friday 2nd May at 10.30am.
As a not-for-profit charitable trust Tim Bray Productions (administered by The Operating Theatre Trust) offers free tickets to low decile schools (with assistance from the Becroft Foundation and other trusts) 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 with Tim Bray Productions’ Youth Theatre. In the April school holidays, children can attend a morning or full-day Theatre Workshop with activities including drama games, art and craft, a backstage tour, Q&A session with the cast plus a ticket to The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. They can also join their  term-time weekly Youth Theatre classes either based at The Lake House (Takapuna) and TAPAC (Western Springs).

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