Tim Bray Productions
- A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories - by Margaret Mahy
- Puff the Magic Dragon
- The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera
27 years of creating theatre 1991 - 2018
Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children. Overseen by a charitable trust, The Operating Theatre Trust, our purpose is to create top quality New Zealand theatre accessible to all children and young people and inspire in them a love of performing arts both as audience and active members.
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, sociialisation skills, and encouraging and exploring their imaginations.
Our shows, most often based on New Zealand literature 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. Tim Bray is the best selling scripts for children in New Zealand.
Our productions have toured to Edinburgh, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Kerikeri, Whangarei and Kaitaia.
In 2012 our production of Hairy Maclary had a Royal Performance in celebration of The Queen's Jubilee with TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge in attendance.
As part of a way of giving back to our community, each season through our Gift a Seat programme we invite children from Make-a-Wish NZ, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) and low decile schools for free to provide the opportunity to engage with them at another level with our theatre productions.
Since 2004, we have sought to make theatre accessible by providing NZ Sign Language interpreted performances, and in 2015 started offering Audio Described performances. Our theatre company was honoured to be presented with a Highly Commended citation at the 2017 Creative New Zealand Arts Access Awards. Our award states "Tim Bray Productions is Highly Commended for pioneering NZSL interpreted performances for Deaf children and providing audio described performances for blind and low vision audiences. The company is an outstanding model of inclusion. Armed with an accessibility policy, the company is focused on addressing barriers to attendance and is an outstanding model of inclusion.”
In 2017, Tim Bray was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Services to Children and Theatre.
Our core funders are Trillian Trust and Foundation North.