Mrs Wishy-Washy Audio Described performance


Saturday, 7 October 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tim Bray Productions proudly presents an Audio-Described Performance for blind and visually impaired of Mrs Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley. Come along and experience it with your friends and family at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna, on Saturday 7th of October!

About the show Mrs Wishy-Washy

As Auckland’s leading theatre for children that has been creating world-class New Zealand theatre over 25 years, Tim Bray Productions really wants to create an outstanding entertainment for everyone without any exceptions. We welcome all families and children to come along and see how favourite Kiwi & English books from your childhood gain a new theatrical life on stage.

So during Spring School Holidays, we have a show based on Joy Cowley’s books from the Mrs Wishy-Washy collection. Sixteen stories have been put together so everyone will be able to recognize at least one of them.

“Mrs Wishy-Washy is more than just a comfortable hour long dalliance in the theatre. It is a fine addition to the children’s theatre repertoire and it does Joy Cowley proud on every level.“ – Review, Lexie Matheson, Theatreview (September 2013 production)

About this special performance

An Audio Described Performance for blind and visually impaired will be presented at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna, on the Saturday 7th of October, at 2pm, but we ask people to arrive 1 hour before as there are a few features organised for them.

We start with a Touch Tour of the set and props on stage at 1pm. We believe that this is the best way to dive into the story and experience it for those who engage with the world in their own unique and different way. The Touch Tour creates an opportunity for you to participate and engage with our performance: by meeting and talking to the cast on stage and touching the costumes and props. It gives you a full sensory experience.

Besides, it can’t be a better experience as it is all done in a safe and friendly environment. Our lovely staff will be able to provide you with help, information and support. As Mary Schnackenberg, Secretary of the Auckland Branch of Blind Citizens NZ recommends, “As a blind person I cannot observe this for myself, but I have been reliably told that the blind and vision impaired youngsters, especially, have learned not to fear stepping on to the stage, gaining confidence that they won’t be allowed to fall off it.”

After the Touch Tour is finished, it is time for our narrator to hand over the headsets and provide you with some technical instructions on how to use those. Finally, our staff will usher you to your seats from 1.50pm to the beginning of the show at 2pm, to ensure that everyone is well seated and ready to enjoy the show.

The show starts at 2pm. The Audio Description through headsets adds another level of involvement describing the non-verbal aspects of the show such as movement, gestures and facial expressions.

We aspire to provide entertainment for everyone, so as Mary said: ”you can attend as multi-generational families where it doesn’t matter if the blind person is a child, parent, grandparent or family friend.” We believe that gathering people in one room to share a common experience, no matter how old they are of if they are blind or not, is already a big part of the magic.

Accessibility access, parking and toilets are available at the theatre. Guide dogs welcome.

Tickets from $22, group discounted rates and companion tickets available.

Headsets are limited and must be reserved in advance.

To reserve headsets or to find out more about the performance please phone 09 486 2261

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The Pumphouse Theatre
Killarney Park