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IVY – Saviour of the Dinosaur An Original Play for Kiwi Kids


Capital E National Theatre for Children presents
An Original Play for Kiwi Kids aged 5 plus

From her secret hideaway in a museum basement comes a delightful googley eyed, spindley framed cleaning lady with a difference. Join her as she travels through time on a mission to save the dinosaurs in IVY – Saviour of the Dinosaur, playing at TAPAC from Oct 3 – 5.

Her humble set of wheels may look like a cleaning cart, but just wait and see where – and when – this time-travelling trolley is about to take you. From a clash with Cleopatra to schmoozing with Shakespeare, and even a detour to the moon, this quirky queen of clean lets nothing distract her from her mission to save the dinosaurs from certain extinction.

‘A fast and furious tale of wild imaginings’ – Dominion Post July 2013

Following successful seasons in Wellington, Taranaki, Christchurch, Wanaka and Perth Australia this gorgeous show is the brainchild of NZ creator Jennifer Martin who created the character of Ivy, in her final year of Toi Whakaari:NZ Drama School; as part of the Go Solo season where students were required to write and perform a twenty minute show from scratch. It was after seeing a performance of this solo work that National Theatre for Children’s Creative Producer Stephen Blackburn approached Martin and Ivy Saviour of the Dinosaur was born.

“Growing up with two scientists for parents I was often surrounded by eccentric academics – some of which were great inspirations for Ivy and her world,” explains Martin. “Also, blessed with a powerful imagination and a fascination with fantasy I was drawn to dinosaurs.”

Now in its fifth season IVY – Saviour of the Dinosaur currently stars the amazing young Christchurch actress Brynley Stent who is also a Toi Whakaari graduate and regular on the Wellington stage. Brynley is joined by Nick Dunbar (who has been in every season of IVY) in this exciting production that is certain to delight young Auckland audiences and parents who are craving something original for their kids.

‘What a joy to see a brand new play for children that does not simply recycle some age-old
folk tale’ – Theatreview, July 2012

With a cinematic score from Gareth Farr and our heroine’s much-loved antics, Ivy will warm the hearts and spark the imaginations of children of all ages.

Written by Jennifer Martin
Creative Producer Stephen Blackburn
Directed by Kerryn Palmer
Starring Brynley Stent and Nick Dunbar

Ivy Saviour of the Dinosaur at plays at TAPAC:
Friday Oct 3, Saturday Oct 4 and Sunday October 5 at 11am and 1pm daily.

DURATION: 55 mins (no interval)

TICKETS: $15*. FAMILY $50* (4 tickets @ $12.50 must be purchased) * plus applicable booking fees



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