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A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories – Live on Stage

13 May 2021 - 29 May 2021


Thursday 13 May 2021, 10.30am - Thursday 13 May 2021, 11.30am

Thursday 13 May 2021, 1.00pm - Thursday 13 May 2021, 2.00pm

Friday 14 May 2021, 10.30am - Friday 14 May 2021, 11.30am

Friday 14 May 2021, 1.00pm - Friday 14 May 2021, 2.00pm

Saturday 15 May 2021, 10.30am - Saturday 15 May 2021, 11.30am

Saturday 15 May 2021, 1.00pm - Saturday 15 May 2021, 2.00pm

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 10.30am - Tuesday 18 May 2021, 11.30am

Tuesday 18 May 2021, 1.00pm - Tuesday 18 May 2021, 2.00pm

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 10.30am - Wednesday 19 May 2021, 11.30am

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 1.00pm - Wednesday 19 May 2021, 2.00pm

Thursday 20 May 2021, 10.30am - Thursday 20 May 2021, 11.30am

Thursday 20 May 2021, 1.00pm - Thursday 20 May 2021, 2.00pm

Friday 21 May 2021, 10.30am - Friday 21 May 2021, 11.30am

Friday 21 May 2021, 1.00pm - Friday 21 May 2021, 2.00pm

Saturday 22 May 2021, 10.30am - Saturday 22 May 2021, 11.30am

Saturday 22 May 2021, 1.00pm - Saturday 22 May 2021, 2.00pm

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10.30am - Tuesday 25 May 2021, 11.30am

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 1.00pm - Tuesday 25 May 2021, 2.00pm

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10.30am - Wednesday 26 May 2021, 11.30am

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 1.00pm - Wednesday 26 May 2021, 2.00pm

Thursday 27 May 2021, 10.30am - Thursday 27 May 2021, 11.30am

Thursday 27 May 2021, 1.00pm - Thursday 27 May 2021, 2.00pm

Friday 28 May 2021, 10.30am - Friday 28 May 2021, 11.30am

Friday 28 May 2021, 1.00pm - Friday 28 May 2021, 2.00pm

Saturday 29 May 2021, 10.30am - Saturday 29 May 2021, 11.30am

Saturday 29 May 2021, 1.00pm - Saturday 29 May 2021, 2.00pm

Shows are Tue-Sat 10.30am & 1pm 

  • 11-15 May: Māngere Arts Centre, corner Bader Drive and, Orly Avenue, Mangere
  • 18-22 May: Glen Eden Playhouse, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden
  • 25-29 May: BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre: 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Manukau




A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories

By Margaret Mahy

Adapted for stage by Tim Bray

Songs by Christine White

Created for children ages 3-10

Show is approximately 50 minutes

Accessible performances available:

NZ Sign Language Interpreted

Audio Described

Sensory Relaxed

Celebrating 30 years by bringing two of our cherished shows back to the stage.

“Mother, there is a big, roaring, yellow, whiskery lion in the meadow!”

A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories brings to life Margaret Mahy’s timeless tales in a magical show that celebrates the wonderment of children’s imagination.

Weaving through Mahy’s much-loved stories A Lion in the Meadow, Leaf Magic and The Witch in the Cherry Tree, and her poems Magic and The Reluctant Hero, or Footprints in the Snow, we journey with a young boy on his spellbound adventures.

Celebrating the places a youthful imagination can take us, the young boy’s mother misses the magic lost in the tasks of adulthood – a reminder to keep the fires of our imaginations burning.

Featuring a cast of memorable characters and a story brought to life with a live music soundtrack, this fun-filled escapade for the whole family will set imaginations soaring.

“If all the world of magic’s gone,

And witches do not sail the sea

In egg-shells halved, with broom-stick oars –

This world is not the place for me.”

- Margaret Mahy, ONZ (1936-2012)

Costume Parade:

Dress up in character. We love to see imaginations running wild and encourage our young audience to dress up as their favourite Margaret Mahy character.

We will take a moment to show off the costumes onstage with a parade at the start of the performance (Note: School holiday and Saturday shows only).

Gift a Seat™:

When you make your booking you may like to donate to Gift a Seat™. Gift a Seat™ allows Tim Bray Theatre Company to offer free seats to a child from a low decile school, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ), or Make-A-Wish (NZ).

Gift a Seat™ – where you can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre.

Tim Bray Theatre Company, administered by The Operating Theatre Trust (a registered charitable trust CC26517)

Awarded the 2020 Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award.


Storytime at the Maritime

Every Friday the NZ Maritime Museum will be running free storytime sessions exploring the stories of the sea.


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Piano Stairs

A giant piano staircase is set to take over the Aotea Centre steps for the month of May and you’re invited to tinkle the ivories.

Single Mums on Sundays

A free, friendly and relaxed afternoon organised by single mums, for single mums.

Alice in Wonderland

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Australian bushfire victims helped by Papakura concert

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North Shore Model Railway Club Open Day

Come and see the magnificent layout, with its 250m of main line.