You’ve read the book, now see the play!

The Hobbit isn’t the only book being turned into a live action performance this Christmas.


Kiwis have the chance to see the story of a Kiwi girl who learns the true value of a gift at Christmas brought to life on the evening of Monday 3rd December in a special one-night only performance at St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland.

Based on ChildFund children’s book Mary’s Christmas Yarn written by 10 well-known Kiwis including Danielle Cormack, Hilary Barry and Jeremy Corbett, the story has been transformed into a play by six schoolgirls from Bohally Intermediate in Blenheim.


The Bohally girls won ChildFund’s Pens Against Poverty a nationwide scriptwriting challenge amongst schools. They won over the expert judging panel of actors and writers Alison Quigan, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, Michael Galvin and Rachel Lang with their with their funny and creative interpretation of the book.


ChildFund Ambassador Alison Quigan, best known for her role on Shortland Street and also a seasoned theatre director, will be directing well-known Kiwi faces on stage in the beautiful St Matthew-in-the-City in central Auckland which has generously volunteered its venue.


ChildFund CEO Paul Brown says the play is the result of a unique collaboration between storytellers, schools, scriptwriters and actors.


A limited number of tickets go on sale to the public from today, with proceeds going to ChildFund.


Where: St Matthew-in-the-City, Federal Street, Auckland

When: Monday, 3rd December 2012

Time: 7:30 - 8:30pm, Doors open at 7pm - light refreshments will be available.

Tickets: $15 for adults, $8 for children 14 and under or $30 for a family

(2 adults and up to 3 children)


To Attend: Book your tickets at Ticket Direct or by phone on 0800 224 224 (Service fees will apply)

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