The Great Piratical Rumbustification

By Margaret Mahy
Adapted for the stage by Tim Bray
Songs by Christine White

6 April – 11 May 2024

Created for Ages: 4 – 10

Show Run Time: 50 mins (no interval)

Auckland Regional Tour

Hoist the Flag of Fun and Mayhem

Shiver me timbers! The pirates are restless, yearning for a grand piratical adventure. “Oh, for a pirate party!” they proclaim. But, as any good pirate knows, a proper pirate party must be a stolen one. So now, get ready to set sail into the high seas of imagination as Margaret Mahy’s delightful tale, The Great Piratical Rumbustification, comes to life in a swashbuckling stage performance by Tim Bray Theatre Company.

Join our young hero, Oliver Terrapin, as he opens up the doors of his oblivious parents’ home for a party – a party with real pirates!

Mayhem ensues in this rollicking, rumbunctious rumpus of an escapade by Tim Bray Theatre Company that promises the most piratical fun you’ve had in years. Yo ho ho!

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Accessible Performances of The Great Piratical Rumbustification

Tickets from $28 with options available for:

  • Deaf patrons at NZSL interpreted performances
  • Blind patrons at Audio Described performances
  • Neurodivergent patrons at Sensory Relaxed performances
  • Disabled patrons at all performances
  • Companion ticket discounts

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Audio Described + Touch Tour

The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna:

Māngere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku:

Sensory Relaxed

The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna:

Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau: 

Māngere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku

NZ Sign Language Interpreted

The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna:

Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau

* + Deaf Stage Experience after show

“Perhaps (Tim) Bray’s most noteworthy quality as an adapter/director of children’s stories is his uncanny ability to find the essence of the works he adapts and to find ways to translate this to the stage. His work with Mahy’s quirky creations is no exception.

It’s been my pleasure to see many of (Tim) Bray’s children’s theatre works but I have to say The Great Piratical Rumbustification is quite simply his best effort yet and it’s all down to harmony.”

– Lexie Matheson, Theatreview

Term 1 and Term 2, 2024 – Regional Tour

Schools, Early Childhood Education providers and Home School Groups enjoy a discounted ticket price of $14.50 per person for School Term performances, across all venues. A minimum booking of 15 people is required to access this discounted rate.

We also offer Audio Described, Sensory Relaxed & NZSL Interpreted Accessible Performances.

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Select your preferred venue below or email education@timbray.org.nz.

Term 1, 2024

Term 2, 2024

Terms and Conditions

Read the Terms and Conditions for invoiced bookings for all venues.

Gift a Seat™ Outreach Programme

Our Gift a Seat™ outreach programme offers students from schools that apply to the programme, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ), specialist schools and Make-A-Wish (NZ) families, the opportunity to attend our shows at no cost. Tickets are generously funded by individuals who attend our shows, or are regular donors, and organisations and trusts that support Gift a Seat™ through funding grants.

Application form for Gift a Seat™ tickets to The Great Piratical Rumbustification.

Teacher Resources

We provide a comprehensive cross-curricular Teachers’ Resource Guide (TRG) free of charge for all School Term bookings.

These Guides are packed full of activities and show learning outcomes to support further learning before and after your students attend our performance.

Here is a sample of our Teachers Resource Guide  from our show of Roald Dahl’s The Twits.

Mrs Wishy-Washy

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