Another free teacher workshop courtesy of Auckland Theatre Company

In term four Auckland Theatre Company’s Mythmakers project is coming to Auckland and Whangarei with an interactive re-telling of the Icarus myth set between  contemporary New Zealand and Ancient Greece! Here’s the information about the performance. 

AND … Scroll down for your invitation to the free workshop (which is available to attend even if you are not hosting the performance)

Mythmakers introduces theatre to our youngest audiences. Mythmakers shows are short, high-quality plays inspired by the origin stories of Aotearoa, the Pacific and the world. Supported by FREE teacher and student workshops, teachers’ guide and student activity pack.


Written and directed by Benjamin Henson. Monday 21 Oct – Friday 1 Nov (excludes Labour day Monday 28 Oct). Suitable for Primary and Intermediate year levels 4-8

“My favourite part is when Icarus was flying in the high blue sky.” (student review)

Off we go to naughty camp to make us good kids – especially Icky who only wants to fly higher than anyone else, ever. And if he can’t do that, he’ll tell the story of someone who did – the amazing Icarus and his famous father Daedalus, the most notorious inventor in Ancient Greece! But as Icky will learn, even those that aim highest can fall. What will he do when his new-found friends try to take his story all the way to the end? Will Icky’s bad temper keep him locked in a labyrinth forever, or will he learn just like life, every myth has its bad bits? If he can swallow his pride Icky might just take the leap of his life and make it back to camp. Object animation, live music, comedy, and song bring this classic Greek myth alive for children aged 8+

Cost: $3:50 per student, discounts available for deciles 1&2 schools, contact us to find out more.

Suitability: Year Levels 4 – 8

Numbers: Mythmakers shows are designed for intimate audiences of up to 200 (max), seated on the floor. We can be at your school for a day and play multiple performances for smaller audiences if preferable. Contact us to discuss.

Auckland Dates: 

  • Week One: Monday 21 October – Friday 25 October
  •  Week Two: Monday 28 October – Friday 01 November (excluding labour day) 

Selling fast, limited dates available now. 

Northland (Whangarei Dates): 

  • Monday 04 November – Friday 08 November 



Tēnā Koutou

This is your invitation to a FREE teachers’ workshop on Auckland Theatre Company’s Mythmakers production of ICARUS by Benjamin Henson on Saturday 19th October, 1pm – 4pm

We’ve prepared a detailed teacher’s guide with ideas for:

  • Preparing students for the performance
  • Developing understandings about how the performance was created
  • Prompting reflection on the themes and messages of the story
  • Using the theatre experience as a starting point for further learning across the curriculum.

The workshop will be your opportunity to meet with other teachers and explore the ideas in the teacher’s guide. In particular we will look at how drama can be used back in the classroom with strategies such as group storytelling, teaching in role and simple drama conventions.

What you’ll learn will not only help you set up successful learning experiences related to ICARUS it’ll also give you access to a whole lot of innovative teaching strategies you can use in your programme in future.  

This practical, active session will be faciliated by Dr Viv Aitken. Viv is an experienced facilitator, researcher and education consultant who works in schools all round New Zealand supporting teachers to use drama in inquiry. Viv always ensures a safe, non-threatening environment where everyone takes away new ideas to try. Even if you think drama is ‘not your thing’ – especially  if you think so – this workshop is for you!

To enrol, please RSVP by Wednesday 16 October to: Mile Fane: 09 3090390×274

Numbers are limited, first in first served!

DATE: Saturday 19 August

Time; 1-4pm

VENUE: ATC Studios, Lower Ground Floor, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion      Road – entrance via the carpark on Brixton Road.

PARKING: Free! Right outside the building.

Afternoon tea provided

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