KIWI MOON (Ages 2-7)

A quest to discover the importance of being different…

Capital E National Theatre for Children presents a brand new production of Gavin Bishop’s iconic New Zealand story, Kiwi Moon. A little white kiwi thinks the moon might be his mother because it is white and bright and round like him. Prepare to snuffle and shuffle through the forest floor, hula with the huhu grubs, watch out for the wekas, and calypso with the handsome kakapo in this charming tale of one little white kiwi’s quest to find his place in an often strange and sometimes dangerous world.

Kiwi Moon was originally presented by Capital E in 2008, written and directed by Peter Wilson.

Adapted for the stage by Rachel Callinan
Directed by Kerryn Palmer
Composed by Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Designed by John Hodgkins
Puppets by Sue Hill

  • Cost – $9 per person. One adult free with every 10 paying students
  • Duration – 45 minutes
  • Questions? – Contact
  • For bookings for the following days performances please call 04 913 3742

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A unique wildlife experience awaits at Pukaha Mount Bruce! You can win the chance to see the real white kiwi, Manukura, if you book tickets to Kiwi Moon before Wednesday 1 April 2015.

You will be automatically entered into the draw to win one of five free school visits to Mount Bruce (through their school programme) when you make a booking for Kiwi Moon in one of the following centres: Carterton, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier or Wellington. If you have booked Kiwi Moon in one of these centres already, you will be automatically included in the draw.

Please note: Maximum numbers for your Mount Bruce visit are 40 children and 7 adults. If you are one of the lucky winners, please reserve your visit with Mount Bruce at least 7 days prior to your intended visit date. The five winning schools will be notified by email before the end of Term One.


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