Tim Bray Productions, now regarded as Auckland's leading theatre for children, was founded in 1991 by Tim Bray, QSM and we have produced and presented over 80 productions.
Highlights have been performing at Margaret Mahy’s 70th birthday, and to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge as part of The Queen’s Jubilee in 2012. 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, socialisation skills, and encouraging and exploring their imaginations.
THEATRE FOR ALL
Our mission is to make theatre accessible to all; we have NZ Sign Language Interpreted Performances that are perfect for deaf or hearing-impaired children and adults. We also offer Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours for blind or visually-impaired children and adults. Our Gift a Seat programme, donations allow us to offer free seats to our shows for children from low decile schools, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) and Make-A-Wish (NZ).
Educational groups are provided with a free Teachers’ Resource Guide which is 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, a trained teacher and children’s literature consultant from Getting Kids into Books.
We also hold School Holiday Theatre Workshops that range from half day classes to full week immersions, where children can experience backstage and hands on theatre activities as well as Q&A’s with the cast.
Our Youth Theatre Term Classes for children aged 5 to 16 years includes a range of theatre activities and topics such as movement, improvisation, costume and set design. Students also attend a rehearsal of each current production to watch professional actors at work. In the last two terms the students also work towards an end of year performance, which allows them to showcase the skills they have learned throughout the year to their family and friends.
The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna, is the intimate theatre venue where we stage our theatre shows, along with Theatre Workshops during the school holidays. Our Youth Theatre Term Classes are held at TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), Western Springs, with a vibrant arts space with large studios and an intimate theatre, and also at St George’s, Central Takapuna.