Dragon takes the stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Just like the dragon in Mar­garet Mahy’s tale, The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily has grown big­ger.

The story has been adapted from the pages of a clas­sic chil­dren’s book to the stage by play­wright Tim Bray and is play­ing at the Pump­House the­atre in Taka­puna un­til May 4.

It stars cen­tral Auck­land ac­tors Todd Emer­son, Aaron Ward and Eliz­a­beth Tier­ney and tells the tale of a pet dragon who en­ters the lives of an or­di­nary fam- ily. As the lit­tle dragon grows big­ger and big­ger it be­comes clear to the fam­ily that drag­ons do not make ideal pets.

Mr Bray says he has loved bring­ing Mar­garet Mahy’s story to life.

‘‘Her writ­ing is so beau­ti­ful and it’s a plea­sure to work with this story which chil­dren love.

‘‘We like to think that we are do­ing our part in keep­ing her mem­ory alive.’’

Chil­dren at­tend­ing the per­for­mances can dress up to take part in the on­stage cos­tume pa­rade at the start of each show. Work­shops with drama and lit­er­a­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, back­stage tours and a chance to meet the cast and di­rec­tor will also be held dur­ing the play’s run.

A gala open­ing per­for­mance will be held this Saturday at 5pm with a post-show func­tion with give­aways and prize draws for chil­dren.

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