The Great Piratical Rumbustification a holiday must
There's nothing like a great party, and boy do pirates know how to create a good shindig.
This school holidays, Takapuna's PumpHouse Theatre is the venue for the biggest pirate do of all – Tim Bray's fantastic production of Margaret Mahy's much-loved story The Great Piratical Rumbustification.
The story follows Oliver Terrapin, a seven-year-old boy who is full of adventurous ideas, but when retired pirate, peg-legged and tin-armed Orpheus Clinker comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, he and his parents are in for plenty of surprises.
The story took me back to my high school years, throwing a "gathering" when my parents were out of town, but thankfully, in this tale, the Terrapins eventually see the funny side.
Dressed in their finest pirate get-up, my four year old pirate-loving son Leo, his girlfriend Luli, also four, along with her mum, headed out to the hour-long play.
The kids were excited and slightly apprehensive at the thought of seeing real-life pirates. Although the start of the play perhaps appealed more to older children (and their parents with the subtle adult humour), the pair loved the singing and dancing as the story continued.
Well-known Kiwi actor Tim Raby, did a fantastic job playing the financially stretched Mr Terrapin. My personal favourite was the stooped and sneaky Terrible Crabmeat (Zak Enayat) who was a wonderful rascal pirate indeed.
What made it even more special was the wonderful show staff who smoothly got parents and their young ones seated, and who also organised the cast to greet children outside of the show. Kids loved getting pictures and talking to their favourite characters.
And there was a great moral message delivered too. Mr Terrapin proved why it's important not to be too obsessed with money – otherwise you might forget the most important thing in life, to let loose with your kids and have some fun.
Overall it was an excellent production and for $19.50 per ticket, it's well worth including to the school holiday line-up.
The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Tim Bray Productions, Pumphouse Theatre Takapuna, Auckland, July 8-22.
Children are encouraged to dress up in their finest pirate garb for the onstage Costume Parade at every school holiday season performance.