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The Butcher and The Bear


Thu 13 Oct 2011, 1:30pm
Fri 14 Oct 2011, 11:00am
Fri 14 Oct 2011, 1:30pm
Sat 15 Oct 2011, 11:00am
Sat 15 Oct 2011, 1:30pm

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Alex Ellis

Part of the REAL New Zealand Festival.

A gypsy, a butcher, a bird, a bear and a bowl of magic soup!

Take a swallow of magic soup
And let the story teller begin…

Time Out Theatre (The Secret of Dongting Lake, Boxes, Circus Incognitus) brings the adventures of two friends to life in the mad cap tale of The Butcher and The Bear at The Herald Theatre.

Written by children’s theatre and television writer Michelanne Forster, and directed by Sally Blackwood, co-artistic director of Jigsaw Theatre Company, one of Australia’s leading theatre companies for children, and director for Opera Australia, The Butcher and The Bear, created especially for children from 4 to 8 years old, promises to be the highlight of the October School Holidays.

When Bear’s friend Bird hurts her wing, he must go to the village to find her some medicine. But Bird knows the Village Butcher is just waiting for his chance to get his hands on her friend. Will Bear find the medicine for Bird before the Butcher finds him?

Gather your family and join a brave but bumbling bear, his best friend bird, a wise gypsy, a greedy butcher (a.k.a. bear safety officer!) and a live gypsy band in a show packed with daring rescues, dangerous traps, magic, music and dancing.

Set in the Waitakare Ranges, the hilarious and magical story is a contemporary New Zealand twist on a traditional tale from the alpine villages of Germany. The Butcher and the Bear is a fable of friendship, staying true to your word and sticking together through thick and thin.

A tale packed full of twists and turns, on a set full of surprises, and with live music on stage by authentic Roma band Miro’s Gypsy Strings, The Butcher and The Bear will intrigue even the biggest kids at heart.

The Butcher and The Bear also has a sign language interpreted performance at 1.30pm Thursday 13th October. To book seats with the best views of the interpreters, or for more information, please contact or call 09 357 3354.

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