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Joy Cowley Stories on Stage for July School Hols


Joy Cowley Stories on Stage for July School Holidays

Two much-loved stories by award-winning New Zealand author Joy Cowley come to life on three Auckland stages during the July school holidays.

Tim Bray Productions presents Joy Cowley’s Snake and Lizard at Selwyn Theatre in Kohimarama and at Manukau’s TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, and a new production of Greedy Cat at The PumpHouse, Takapuna.

Snake and Lizard returns to the stage following a successful 2009 season, while Greedy Cat is the newest of Tim Bray Production’s stage shows.

Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award, Snake and Lizard is the funny tale of two very unlikely new best friends. Snake is elegant and calm while Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. Snake and Lizard see past their differences and become firm friends. The production features songs by Christine White and stars Denise Snoad as Snake and Madeleine Lynch and Adam Burrell as puppeteers and other characters.

Snake and Lizard will play at Selwyn Theatre, Kohimarama from 7-10 July and at Manukau TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre from 12-14 July. Children are encouraged to come dressed as Snake, Lizard or one of their desert friends.

Snake and Lizard will also return to the stage in October at Papakura’s Hawkins Theatre (5-9 October) and the new Mangere Arts Centre (13-16 October).

Greedy Cat is a humorous adaptation of Joy Cowley’s series of stories that follow the misadventures of a large, gluttonous ginger cat.

Greedy Cat will play at The PumpHouse, Takapuna from Monday 5 July to Saturday 17 July with a special gala opening on Saturday 3 July at 4pm. A season for schools and pre-schools will run from 29 June to 2 July.

Greedy Cat is directed by Amanda Rees and stars Courtney Chittenden as Greedy Cat with a supporting cast of Nicole Thomson, Donogh Rees and Phil Vaughan.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite cat and come up onto the stage to show off their costumes. They are also welcome to bring along Greedy Cat artwork which will be displayed in the art exhibition.

Snake and Lizard is at Selwyn Theatre, Selwyn College, Kohimarama from 7-10 July and at Manukau TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre from 12-14 July with performances at 10.30 am and 1pm daily. Greedy Cat is at The Pumphouse, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland 29 June - 17 July at 10.30am and 1pm daily with a special gala opening on Saturday 3 July at 4pm. No show on Sundays. For more information on Tim Bray Productions shows visit


Tim Bray Productions is administered by The Operating Theatre Trust, a registered charitable trust.

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