Tim Bray Productions was founded in 1991 by Tim Bray, QSM and we have produced and presented over 80 productions since then. We are now regarded as Auckland's leading theatre for children.
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, their growing up experiences, socialisation skills, and encouraging and exploring their imaginations.
How you help children
We believe that theatre should be an essential part of any child’s life and personality development. Our mission is to make theatre accessible to all children and young people and inspire in them a love of the performing arts both as audience and active members. Our shows are generally suitable for ages 3 - 8.
They 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. Our shows are approximately an hour-long, are very entertaining, and often include music and songs. We invite children to come dress-up as one of their favourite characters for an onstage Costume Parade during the school holiday season of the show.
Accessible Performances have become an integral part of every season. 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 is supported by donations from individuals, benefactors and funders and helps us in offering free seats to our shows children from low decile schools, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) and Make-A-Wish (NZ).
Our Educational Seasons at the end of each term are targeted at the following audiences – School Groups, Early Childhood Centres and Home School Groups, with the General Public also welcome. Educational Groups are provided with a free Teachers’ Resource Guide which are 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.
Our School Holiday Theatre Workshops are fun and hands-on. Children get to see our current production and enjoy a backstage tour, learn how the theatre lighting is created, have a Q&A session with the cast and enjoy drama games and art and craft activities. We offer half-day and full-day options.
Hit the Stage! is a week-long school holiday workshop culminating in a performance by the students at the end of the week.
Our Youth Theatre Term Classes for children aged 5 to 16 years are more than just a weekly drama class – A head tutor hosts each class with members being introduced to a range of theatre techniques (onstage and off) with occasional guest tutors; for example, movement, improvisation, puppetry, elements of costume, lighting and set design from regular designers affiliated with Tim Bray Productions.
Students also attend a rehearsal of each current production to watch professional actors at work. In the last two terms the Tim Bray Productions Youth Theatre members work towards an end of year performance. This performance allows them to showcase the skills they have learned throughout the year to their family and friends.
Participation in our Youth Theatre encourages self-confidence and focus in children and teenagers. It is an enjoyable way for members to explore their imaginations and to harness and express their creativity. Members learn various drama, voice, improvisation, and movement techniques.
The PumpHouse Theatre, nestled in Killarney Park, Takapuna, is the intimate theatre venue where we stage our theatre shows along with Theatre Workshops during the school holidays.
Fancy a glass of wine or a flat white with a crêpe before or after the show? The French Rendez-vous Restaurant next door to The PumpHouse Theatre will give you a warm welcome.
There are over 500 car parks within 10 minutes’ walk of The PumpHouse Theatre and it has wheelchair access.
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, with clean spaces. Both have plenty of free off-street parking.
Our committed and energetic Youth Theatre tutors provide fun classes and workshops within a supportive and friendly environment, so children and teenagers can confidently explore their creativity and develop their performance skills.
As Auckland’s leading theatre for children we are here to provide your family with the best customer experience. We aspire to create the fun, cheerful, playful, joyful, and family-friendly atmosphere from the first interaction at the theatre.
We also have fun activities that children can do before and after the show.
If children are anxious at the beginning of the workshop, parents / caregivers are welcome to stay until the child feels comfortable.