Archived: The Butcher and The Bear

A story is about to be told...

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

TIME OUT THEATRE (The Secret of Dongting Lake, Boxes, Circus Incognitus) brings to life a heart warming story of friendship and sticking together - The Butcher and The Bear.

Gather your family and join a 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. 

Bear hugs for everyone

The original story was first told in an alpine village in Germany and has been given a contemporary New Zealand twist.

Created especially for children from 4 to 8 years old.

Written by children’s TV and stage writer Michelanne Forster, and directed by Sally Blackwood, co-artistic director of Jigsaw Theatre Company, one of Australia’s leading theatre companies for children.

With the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Leand Macadaan Bear
Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu Bird
Jonny Brugh Butcher
Katie Scott Storyteller/Gypsy
Music live on stage by authentic Roma band Miro’s Gypsy Strings

Contact details

Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD