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The Whale Rider Performance & Pre-show Workshops 

The Whale Rider | Years 0-8

Children’s Theatre      | Years 0-8

Wednesday 19 – Friday 21, October 2022

BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

10.30am & 1.00pm performances (50 mins, no interval)

Performed in English interspersed with te reo Māori


School term accessible performance dates/times:

NZSL Interpreted performance on Wednesday 19th October at 10.30am

Sensory Relaxed performance on Thursday 20th October at 10.30am


The Whale Rider is a beautifully rich story of whānau and tikanga masterfully translated into a live performance that will absorb the viewer, from start to end. A poignant tale of forging paths and self-belief, this is the show all children need to see.


Destined to become leader of her tribe, no matter how hard she tries to show her worth, Kahu’s koro (grandfather) won’t accept that a kōtiro (girl) can take over his role of chief. But a rescue of the ancient whale beached in the Whāngārā Harbour, changes things.


Make a booking

  • To purchase tickets online, click here.

  • To make an invoiced booking contact Di, Schools Engagement Coordinator at Tim Bray Theatre Company. Email education@timbray.org.nz, Ph 09 486 2261, Mb 022 034 6475.

  • To apply for FREE seats through the Tim Bray Theatre Company Gift a Seat™ programme, for low decile schools (1-5), early education providers, special education schools, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education and BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ), APPLY HERE.


FREE Pre-show Workshops

Supported by the Waka Pacific Trust, and for schools booked to see The Whale Rider at Vodafone Events Centre


Extend your learners' experience of The Whale Rider with Tim Bray Theatre Company and register your interest in a *free 1hr pre-show workshop. Tim Bray Youth Theatre drama tutors bring creativity alive in the classroom with fun, interactive workshops. Two tutors will come to your school and introduce a group of *students to the themes and stories of the show, leveraging on the professional, live performance and creating a comprehensive, participatory arts experience for your learners. 


*Limited spaces available, maximum of 20 students per workshop


To register your interest in a *free 1hr pre-show workshop, please fill out the form below.

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