Bruce Mason Centre: Tom’s Marvellous Imagination

Date: May 13th, 2023

Where: Bruce Mason Centre

Tom’s Marvellous Imagination written by Jess Sayer. Directed and co-written by Nancy Schroder.

Put down those devices, ditch the cellphones and get ready to stretch your imagination at the Bruce Mason Centre, Saturday 13 May – 10am and 1 pm shows.

Tom’s Marvellous Imagination is an interactive theatre production taking children and adults into a storybook world full of well-known characters.

Suitable for primary up to intermediate age children, the production features lots of song, dance and adventurous exploits!

“My children were totally mesmerized by Tom’s Marvellous Imagination! It felt like a journey through a beautiful childhood you’d wish upon. My children didn’t stop talking about it for days.” Aysha Mullan, Mother of Grace and Ethan and previous audience member.

However, the production also touches on the importance of imaginative play and having time out to just ‘be a kid’.

“With this work, we explore the importance of coming home, forgetting about the homework, or any of those kinds of pressures, and remembering to lie on the ground and gaze at the clouds, letting your imagination run wild.” says director Nancy Schroder.

The play aims to inspire and entertain through the art of storytelling and features a lineup of top New Zealand Actors including Amanda Tito (Step Dave, Sir James Wallace Trust award-winner), Bianca Paine (Cirque du Soleil) and Sebastian Dudding (Moulin Rouge, Phantom of the Opera). Plus emerging artists from The Auckland Academy of Dance.

About Tom’s Imagination:

Tom loves his parents very much and he always does as he is told… well, almost always. His Mum and Dad have serious faces and immaculate suits and work very hard in the city. They strongly believe, as some people do, that Tom should read lots and lots of SERIOUS books, FACTUAL books about people who lived long ago, or books with lots of NUMBERS in them. In Tom’s house the word IMAGINATION is banned. He is NEVER allowed to read story books – no Peter Pan, no Alice in Wonderland, no Jack, and the Beanstalk. Until one day Tom’s grumpy Grandmother comes to stay and his mind is opened to a whole new world…a world that comes from inside the wardrobe!

Join Tom as some well-known storybook characters turn his world into chaos. Will he be able to save the day using his imagination? Find out!

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