Tim Bray Theatre Company presents Five Go on an Adventure

Based on the stories of Enid Blyton
Adapted for the stage by Tim Bray

For the first time, Tim Bray Theatre Company presents Five Go on an Adventure, based on the adventure stories of The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. The show is live on stage at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from 29 June to 20 July.

Following on from the overwhelming success of the company’s sell-out 2023 season of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree, Tim Bray, QSM is thrilled to bring another of her famous stories to life. Children of all ages (and their grown-ups) won’t want to miss this terrific tale.

Julian, Dick and Anne, their cousin George, and dog Timmy, head off together on an adventure and end up having to solve a dastardly mystery. Along the way they meet some frightfully awful baddies and get into all sorts of scrapes. Luckily, our five heroes are famous for getting out of trouble!

With courage, capers and plenty of sandwiches and ginger beer, Five Go on an Adventure reminds us all that fun, friendship and fortitude always fool the felons! Hoorah!

“My younger brother devoured Blyton’s The Secret Seven books when he was young and, for a while, it was all he read. And I found, having read all twenty-one Famous Five books last year to help with the writing of the script, Blyton tells a good yarn and, while there are things that are now outmoded, they are real page turners. I’m looking forward to bringing the comradeship, adventures and fun of the five to life on stage.” says Tim Bray.

Since the first Enid Blyton story was published in 1942, numerous novels in the series have been released, followed by adaptations across, TV, film, and audio dramas. Now this famous tale will come to life with the Tim Bray Theatre Company treatment. Setting off on this mysterious on stage adventure are newcomers to the company Jesse Park, Izzy Creemers, and Danielle Nicholson, alongside Kazim Khan and Kat Glass who both just performed in TBTC’s production of The Great Piratical Rumbustification, and George Maunsell (TBTC’s Badjelly the Witch). Puppet Maker and Puppetry Director Paul Lewis will bring the iconic character of Timmy the dog to life.

Famous Five 2024 Cast photo

The cast will also be joined by a number of Unitec Year 3 Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts – Acting students, some of whom will take on the role of puppeteer for Timmy the dog, as part of the company’s annual collaboration with Unitec for their secondment requirements. The talented Unitec performers are Josh Turner, Zach Te Maari, Phoebe Scott, Rebekka Schulze, Toby Swann and Thomas Treymane who will all make their TBTC debut in this production.

Tim Bray Theatre Company remains dedicated to prioritising accessibility and inclusion in their programming. For this season of Five Go on an Adventure they will offer Sensory Relaxed, NZSL interpreted, and Audio Described performances.

Oh, what a marvellous adventure! Get your ticket today.

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