Mrs Wishy Washy show at Auckland's Pumphouse is a school holiday must-see
As seems to be the case with any Tim Bray production, the Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna, was packed with excitable Auckland kids waiting to see the play Mrs Wishy Washy, an adaptation of the book by great Kiwi author Joy Cowley.
Call me crazy, but I took three pre-schoolers to the event, hoping the performance would keep their attention throughout and I was not disappointed.
Keeping things spic and span, especially her prized Cow (Tim Raby), Duck (Kate Burson) and Pig (Dylan Underwood), makes farmer's wife, Mrs Wishy Washy (Hayley Dallimore), a happy lady. The only problem is these fun loving animals just love to get dirty, having a fantastic time mucking about in the "lovely mud".
With the Big Farm Fair looming – an event that also happens to coincide with Mrs Wishy Washy's birthday – the proud and ever-so-positive woman is even more determined that her animals should be "smelling like roses".
Perhaps like bath times around the country, Mrs Wishy Washy and her equally enthusiastic husband (Zak Enayat) work hard to herd the grubby trio into a small bath tub for a thorough clean.
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But when the couple are away, it's not long before the animals get up to mischief, trying out the luxuries of human life inside the home.
The Mission Impossible manoeuvres by Cow, Pig and Duck were an absolute hit with the audience.
Another standout moment was the "talent show" – dances performed by the animals. Cow started with a very expressive dance to Eye of the Tiger, Pig with a high-powered rendition of MC Hammer's Can't Touch This; and our favourite was Duck's energetic dance to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The latter was continually sung and performed by my three once we left the show.
It was great to see how the kids were wowed by the small things, including the real bubbles that fell from the ceiling during bath time, and the moment the audience was asked to participate in singing Mrs Wishy Washy happy birthday. I was also very impressed with the musical accompaniment performed by one-man-band, musician Rupert Grobben.
This is another great Tim Bray show and I'd thoroughly recommend it for a great afternoon out with the kids. The only request for the next one – more songs and dances please.
Mrs Wishy-Washy, by Tim Bray Productions, PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland, has performances 10:30am and 2pm (no shows on Sundays) until October 14. Children are encouraged to dress up in animal costumes for the onstage costume parade.