OUR COMMUNITY IMPACT
A great performance makes a difference.
For the last two and a half years, like other performing arts organisations, most of our live productions were cancelled due to lockdowns, audience limits and on-going fallout from the pandemic.
Despite these setbacks – and thanks to the efforts of our tireless team and the support of our donors and funders – we are back on stage! With two major productions in the wings for the rest of 2022, we continue to work towards achieving our purpose of inspiring children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities to be confident and creative through theatre.
As the following figures show, the impact of this can truly be life changing.
The numbers say it all – our impact so far in 2022:
young people enrolled in our Youth Theatre programmes including our free entry programme at the Māngere Arts Centre.
autistic and neuro-divergent children and teenagers enrolled in our Extraordinarily Creative drama classes.
Gift a Seat™ Youth Theatre scholarships were provided for children and teenagers to attend Extraordinarily Creative.
students took part in a collaborative project with Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education and Creatives in Schools to empower Deaf students to perform.
different accessible performances were offered to cater for impaired, disabled and neuro-diverse audiences.
children and adults accessed NZ Sign Language, Audio Described and Sensory Relaxed performances.
* 2022 impact as at 2 August, 2022
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Performing through a pandemic.
Recent times have certainly been challenging, but as you’d expect of a theatre company, we got creative. Here are some of the many ways we kept the theatre alive for our audiences…
A Christmas Celebration
After the cancellation of our iconic Christmas show, The Santa Claus Show ’21, we used a low-cost ticket entry to encourage audiences back to The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna to enjoy a film of our 2017 production of ‘The Santa Claus Show’ by Tim Bray.
Greedy Cat – Online
As a response to the pandemic, we developed online, pay-per-view films as a way to provide children, who could not come to a live performance, a chance to experience professional theatre. Our first show, Greedy Cat – Online, with accessible options, was released to the public and schools in 2021.
Creating lockdown adventures
Throughout 2020 and 2021, including during lockdowns, our Youth Theatre tutors cleverly created ways to keep their students engaged via online lessons. We teach our students to bring their creativity and imagination and have been on some exciting and unique adventures in the drama room and in the online classes.
New shows, new initiatives, new audiences.
Badjelly is back!
You can imagine our delight to be performing our first live production since July 2021. Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan successfully toured two Auckland venues in July 2022 (Takapuna’s PumpHouse Theatre and the Māngere Arts Centre) with accessible performances at both venues (Audio Description, NZ Sign Language and Sensory Relaxed shows).
1,900+ seats gifted to Badjelly
As well as our paid audience, 1,935 children (from 30 schools across Auckland) enjoyed Badjelly the Witch for free through our Gift a Seat™ outreach programme for low decile schools and early childhood centres. For some, it may have been their first school excursion in two and a half years.
A ‘roarsome’ online show
Our online shows continue to enable children to experience the magic of live theatre. We’re working on our second online film, A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories, and will add new titles as schedules allow. All films include activity sheets and curriculum-based Teachers’ Resource Guides, as well as a full range of accessible options.
Youth Theatre back on stage
Our Youth Theatre programme continues to flourish, including weekly drama classes, holiday programmes, bespoke workshops and other community events. In 2021, we arranged in-school workshops for schools attending our shows in their local area, allowing students to explore storylines and concepts within the play.
Getting very creative in schools
We collaborated with Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education and teachers to create a performance where students were inspired entirely by deaf culture. Funded by Creatives in Schools, the show enabled students to take charge of their own creativity, build confidence, develop leadership skills, celebrate their own culture, and learn to express themselves.
Inspiring through inclusivity
Across everything we do, we’re committed to providing equitable access to disabled audiences and welcome disabled performers as part of our company of actors. We’ve also worked on optimising our website and social media platforms to work with screen readers and other accessibility tools.
A very impactful award
In May 2022, we were thrilled to receive the NZ Sign Language in the Arts award from Deaf Aotearoa for our commitment to providing NZSL access to the D/deaf community. Although proud of our work to date, we continue to work towards providing a more inclusive theatre experience for all children in Aotearoa.
Making an extraordinary impact
In 2022, we expanded our Extraordinarily Creative (EC) drama classes for children and teens with autism or other neuro-diversities to a second venue at the Te Oro Music and Arts Centre in Glen Innes.
These classes use drama to help students navigate social, academic and personal challenges, so they can thrive in a world that does not often understand them.
While student/tutor ratios mean classes remain small compared to our neuro-typical classes (limited to 8 in each class with two tutors), we’re thrilled to report that our EC students are thriving.
What some of our parents say…
“My daughter is loving her Extraordinarily Creative drama sessions! They are carefully run by caring staff, who provide a safe space where she can be herself and have fun with her peers. And as a parent, I can relax knowing that she is in good hands and is being cared for by people who understand her, in an environment that is tolerant and welcoming.”
– Nicole B, EC parent of 12-year-old, March 2022 (Te Oro)
“The teachers are amazing, supportive, genuine and caring, the other kids are great and it is a neat environment to chat to the other parents without any judgment and feel a sense of belonging. We absolutely recommend the classes and would love to thank everyone involved for the way they welcomed and encouraged my son.“
– Caprice S, EC parent, March 2021 (Meadowood)
Tim Bray Theatre Company is a registered charitable trust that relies on the generosity of others to do our life-changing work. The more support we receive, the more children we can reach across Aotearoa New Zealand, building their confidence and enriching their lives.
If you’d like to make our impact even greater, please support us – you’ll be helping us to transform the lives of children and young people through the power of theatre.