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Margaret Mahy’s Pirate Adventure hits the stage

21stMarch 2019

Ahoy me’hearties! Margaret Mahy’s Pirate Adventure hits the stage this school holidays!

Margaret Mahy’s rollicking and funny pirate adventure, which makes for a brilliant family outing, hits the stage for the April school holidays.

The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate tells the story of Sam, an ordinary man who wears an ordinary suit and who works in an ordinary office. But his mother is an extraordinary mother – she’s a pirate and yearns to see the sea again. A wonderful and madcap adventure ensues as they travel to the sea, with much audience involvement.

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Theatre Company presents The Man Whose Mother was a Pirateat the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from Saturday 6thApril to Sunday 28thApril.

The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate,by Margaret Mahy, adapted for the stage by Tim Bray, will be the company’s 95thproduction since it was founded 28 years ago and is the first of four productions in the 2019 season of Theatre for Children.

Original staged in 2006 and again in 2010, this production will be completely redesigned
by the company’s regular design team consisting of Rachael Walker (set design), Vicki Slow (costume design ) and Steve Marshall (lighting design). Tim Bray will be taking the lead as Director.

The script was adapted from the picture book by Tim Bray in 2006 with songs by Christine White and the show ends with the audience creating the ‘sea’ which the Pirate Mother and her son, Sam, are on their journey to see.

The 2019 version brings back Tim Bray Theatre Company Favourites Kat Glass (Pirate Mother) and Adam Burrell (Sam’s Boss, Pirate Captain, Doris the Cow)and welcomes new comers Catherine Lamonde (Philosopher, First Mate, Farmer )and UNITEC Graduate Auryn Denovan(Sam)

“Mahy and Bray, are already quite a formidable duo and rightly so, as Mahy writes wonderfully performable stories and Bray has a feel for the magic of childhood and a gift for theatrical creation…”

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the book and join the onstage Costume Parade just prior to the start of the holiday shows.

To book, phone (09) 489-8360 or online at


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