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Children experience the world of Grimm this Comedy Festival

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Children experience the world of Grimm this Comedy Festival.



When you can’t get to sleep late in the night, listen to a story fueled by fright!
There will be mermaids, ghouls and perhaps a hag, with sights and smells sure to make you gag.
But fear not, we promise you will laugh, cause our stories are silly and really quite daft.

PlayShop Performance Company present two live performances of Grimm Bedtime Stories at Hannah Playhouse on Saturday 9 & 16 May at 1.30pm part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2015. In a show made especially for children aged 5-10 years, this high-paced comedy adventure will thrill audiences as ghouls and hags are brought to life in clever projection design (made by the audience) and acted out by four talented cast members.

Grimm Bedtime Stories is a hilarious and magical tale of brothers who are determined to stay up late by thrilling each other with stories. Some stories are scary, some are sweet, others are pretty disgusting. Children and adults alike will be invited into this secret world, where bed sheets become landscapes, torches become monsters eyes, and where pyjamas become mystical puppets.

Directed by Victoria University of Wellington’s Lori Leigh, and written by James Cain, this stellar production will feature as a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2015. The show features Isobel McKinnon, Callum Devlin, Tom Clarke, Freya Daly Sadgrove and features music and sound design by Oliver Devlin

Artistic Director of PlayShop Performance Company Lori Leigh says, “Children are some of the most interesting audiences PlayShop performs for. They are honest and eager to be a part of what we’re making. This Comedy Festival PlayShop will be performing something unlike anything else, and we’re excited to be sharing this experience with young people.”

PlayShop is an award winning Wellington-based performance company that aims to make spontaneous, thrilling theatre. Recent winners of Best Improvisation and nominated for Best Theatre Ensemble (Fringe Festival 2015), PlayShop create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction, through theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. PlayShop are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come.

Grimm Bedtime Stories is ideal for children aged 5-10 years. Admission is $25 adults, $20 concession, $12.50 child or $60 family pass (2 adults, 2 children).
Tickets can be purchased via the Ticketek website:


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