Other Performances

Little Kowhai Tree

Little Kowhai Tree

Little Kowhai Tree is a magical story of how things grow. Seeds are planted, green shoots begin to appear and Little Kowhai Tree begins her journey of growing up.

Children in the audience meet Little Kowhai’s friends. Friends who help her grow such as Sun, Moon and Rain. Worm, who looks after the soil around Little Kowhai’s roots. Bee and Tui who work hard looking after Little Kowhai’s blossom, and Ruru, the Morepork, who guards Little Kowhai during the night.

The story is told and sung in both English and Te Reo Māori. Worm and Tui take the children on a wonderful journey to discover the colours, textures, sounds and creatures of Little Kowhai’s growing.

Full of music, sounds, song and action, Little Kowhai is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children, performed in the intimacy of your centre, classroom or school hall. Little Kowhai is not only entertaining, it is also a great learning experience for young audiences.


Lets Make a Puppet

Let’s Make a Puppet

A wonderful exploration of how you make puppets – all the different kinds, how you use the puppets and how you make up stories. From the team at Little Dog Barking performed in your centre or classroom. The show includes some wonderful counting songs, stories, including some old time favourites – the Owl and the Pussy Cat, Incy Wincy Spider and new ones such as My Garden. We make simple puppets and then tell simple stories.

The Puppets bring nursery songs to life encouraging the children to join in and sing along. Imagine a plastic bottle being turned into a wonderful puppet gardener, a pair of gloves into a caterpillar, and there you have a story, The Gardener and the Caterpillar.

An exciting theatre adventure watching simple stories unfold using shadow, rod and hand puppets made by hands, fingers and simple props. This is a show about imagination, about creativity and about working together.

Written and devised by the team (Kenny, Rachel & Peter) this is a show about imagination, about creativity and working together. This performance will give you lots of opportunities for post-performance activity and inspiration!


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Rupert

A stork is carrying a baby when she gets caught in a storm. The suitcase carrying the baby is blown out of the stork’s hold and despite frantically trying to catch the suitcase it is blown away out of sight.

The wind carried the suitcase way across the water until it came to rest on a small island. Rupert, the small baby inside the suitcase peeped out into his new world.

A passing Tui thinks that he is some sort of flightless bird and offers him help, a Kiwi joins him and together they try to help Rupert discover who he is and where he came from.

Rupert is an enchanting story about friendship, about differences, finding out who we are and where we belong.

Skillfully told through the use of beautiful puppets, music and song Rupert is a superb and wonderful piece of children’s theatre brought to you by the actors of Little Dog Barking Theatre Company.


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Party Pigs and a Sausage Went For A Walk

Party Pigs is a story that explores the simple theme of a child’s adventure – piggy style. Ten little piggies decide to throw a party in the neighbourhood. The music starts up and the action begins. The party turns into an all night affair with whistling, fun, games, sweets cakes, cool drinks and their very own band, until one little piggy just couldn’t stay awake. The play reflects the child’s world of fun and adventure, whether real or imaginary, and reminds us as adults not to take life seriously. The theme is based on the familiar rhyme “This little piggy went to market”, can you remember it?

The performance is a delightful introduction to the world of puppetry and inanimate objects. It is also a mathematical exercise for the audience, when they find themselves counting the piggies as they go on eating and partying the night away.

A Sausage Went for a Walk is a play centred around the breakfast table, where Tim’s breakfast comes alive to a revolutionary tune, walks off the plate, out the door and is never to be seen again. A Sausage Went for a Walk is a story about a rebellious sausage, baked beans closing ranks, corn flakes refusing to swim in the cold milk, toast dancing with butter, and jam getting jammed off. The world of inanimate objects is brought to life as the story unfolds stretching one’s imagination to the limit.


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The Pond

The Pond is a magical journey through the eyes of the creatures and plants that live in and around the pond and whose daily lives depend on the importance of water for their survival. The play begins with rain, rain that makes the puddles, the rivers and the ponds. One by one, the creatures and plants that live in and around the pond are introduced. But something is wrong, the water in the pond is growing foul and dirty. Something has to be done.

The story is told using simple songs, music, movement and puppets. The two actors take the children in the audience on a wonderful journey to discover the colours, textures, sounds and creatures of the pond and help them to understand the importance of water. The delightful characters are created with shadow and hand puppets .

Full of music, sounds, songs and action, The Pond is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children, performed in the intimacy of your own centre, classroom or school hall. The Pond is not only entertaining, it is also a great learning experience for young audiences.


Paper plays

Paper Plays

The fun and adventure begins with two puppeteers making their own paper puppets in front of the audience. Through story telling techniques, they inform the children on how to create and move simple puppets. The actors and puppets then take the audience through a captivating performance as they journey over a mountain, a river, and through a storm in search of their clothes and shoes.

The production succeeds in exploring attributes of children through the puppets – curiosity, individuality, cooperation and imagination. It provides entertainment, information and participation. It also leaves children with an ongoing activity and interest, as the puppets made during the performance are left at the school or centre.

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