The Reluctant Dragon

by New Zealand Playhouse

**Definitely bring your kids, particularly 5-12yo, to any of the 11am sessions! For the Friday evening session, we'll have the bar open and particularly welcome any adults who are coming without children. Children are welcome at the Friday evening session, we don't make the evening ones particularly dirty etc, but please be aware that we expect more adults at that session and will be expecting the adults to be embracing their inner child and shouting BEHIND YOU :-) **

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘dragon’?

Fearsome fire breathing terrors from the skies just waiting to burn entire villages to the ground?

Vain and greedy gold loving villains sleeping in caves just waiting to turn thieves to toast?

Or maybe gentle giants who love nothing better than smelling flowers, reciting poetry, and singing sweet soppy love songs?

Luckily for our hero Sam it’s the final kind of dragon they stumble across living in a cave high on a hill overlooking the village. Luckily for the lonely dragon, Sam is also a big fan of flowers, poetry and sweet soppy love songs. But unluckily for both of them, Sam forgets to keep their new friend a secret and soon the terrified villagers are demanding immediate action to eradicate the fire-breathing terror from their territory.

When an undefeated dragon-slayer arrives looking for Sam’s new best friend, it’s up to Sam to find a way to make everyone understand not all dragons are dangerous before it’s too late.

Featuring more soppy sonnets and songs than ever before, accompanied by recordings from Christchurch's own The All Girl Big Band, this hilarious and interactive adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story will have your students (and teachers) laughing and thinking about the value of friendship, kindness, solving problems without fighting and not judging dragons by their covers.

Featuring Adam Stewart, Jess Tozer and Jorja Baylee
Written and directed by Gregory Cooper
Assistant Director and Production Manager Connie O'Callaghan
Set and props by Nick Lowry
Wardrobe by Eve Simmance
Music by Michael Bell, recorded by the All Girl Big Band
Choreography by Hillary Moulder

Event Details

Wed 17–Fri 19 Jul, various times


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Performance Times

  • Wed 17 Jul, 11:00am - On Sale
  • Thu 18 Jul, 11:00am - Session Limited Tix Left
  • Fri 19 Jul, 11:00am - On Sale
  • Fri 19 Jul, 7:00pm - On Sale