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Gala Opening - Premium Price
Sat 6th April, 5:00 pm

Schools, ECCs, and Home School Groups (public also welcome)
Mon 8th April - Fri 12th April, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm

General Public
Sat 13th April - Sat 27th April, 10:30 am and 1:00 pm; No shows Sunday
* Thu 25th April (ANZAC Day), 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm *

Audio Described + Touch Tour
Tue 9th April & Sat 20th April, 1:00 pm

Sensory Relaxed
Wed 10th April (schools only) & Mon 15th April, 10:30 am

NZ Sign Language Interpreted
Sat 6th April, 5:00 pm
Thu 11th April & Sat 27th April, 10:30 am


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Early Bird Special
1:00 pm shows on Sat 13 April, Mon 15 April, Tue 16 April & Wed 17 April
All tickets $32

A Reserve
Adult $37.50, Child $37.50, Senior $32.50, Family of 4+ $32.50 each, Group Rates Available

B Reserve
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For Deaf, Blind, disabled, and neurodivergent audience members $28, Companion ticket $28

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Tim Bray Theatre Company presents:

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

by Margaret Mahy
Adapted for the stage by Tim Bray
Songs by Christine White

Created for ages: 4-10
⏱ Show Run Time: approx. 50 – 60min, no interval

Book For The Education Week Here

Hoist the Flag of Fun & Mayhem

Shiver me timbers! The pirates are restless, yearning for a grand piratical adventure. “Oh, for a pirate party!” they proclaim. But, as any good pirate knows, a proper pirate party must be a stolen one. So now, get ready to set sail into the high seas of imagination as Margaret Mahy’s delightful tale, The Great Piratical Rumbustification comes to life in a swashbuckling stage performance by Tim Bray Theatre Company.

Join our young hero, Oliver Terrapin, as he opens up the doors of his oblivious parents’ home for a party – a party with real pirates! Mayhem ensues in this rollicking, rumbunctious rumpus of an escapade by Tim Bray Theatre Company that promises the most piratical fun you’ve had in years. Yo ho ho!

“Perhaps (Tim) Bray’s most noteworthy quality as an adapter/director of children’s stories is his uncanny ability to find the essence of the works he adapts and to find ways to translate this to the stage. His work with Mahy’s quirky creations is no exception.  It’s been my pleasure to see many of (Tim) Bray’s children’s theatre works but I have to say The Great Piratical Rumbustification is quite simply his best effort yet and it’s all down to harmony.” – Lexie Matheson, Theatreview

✨ For NZSL Interpreted, Audio Described, and Sensory Relaxed performance dates and accessibility resources, head to

Costume Parade

Dress up in character! We love to see imaginations running wild and encourage our young audience to dress up as their favourite Great Piratical Rumbustification characters. We will take a moment to show off the costumes onstage with a parade at the start of the performance.

Gift a Seat®

You can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre through donating to Gift a Seat®. Through the Gift a Seat® programme, Tim Bray Theatre Company offers free seats to children from schools that need support. We also offer free seats to specialist schools, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education and BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ), as well as families from Make-A-Wish (NZ).

Tim Bray Theatre Company

Tim Bray Theatre Company is Auckland’s leading theatre for children and was awarded the 2020 Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award. This organisation is administered by The Operating Theatre Trust (a registered charitable trust CC26517).

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