Play Play

About the show

Look what my body can do!

PLAY PLAY is an uplifting theatre show for preschoolers and their grownups focusing on body positivity and play.

Two performers explore every day activities through movement and music, making the familiar feel like a great adventure!

Current research shows how vital play is for young children. PLAY PLAY presents a positive, nurturing approach to physical play, looking at the amazing things our bodies can do. PLAY PLAY provides a platform for little ones and their grown ups to connect with their bodies in a creative way and focuses not on size and shape but on imagination and possibilities.

Come and play!

Cast :

Melanie Luckman
Hamish Oliver
Amy Straker
Reylene Rose Hilaga
Stage Manager and Operator
Juliet Robertson


“This sweet, succinct wee show makes us laugh out loud, dance in our seats and want to join in the Play. It’s the perfect blend of ridiculous and miraculous.”

Theatreview, New Zealand

“Play Play is a real delight. It charms the adults, engages the children, and works to build the audiences of the future.”

Theatreview, New Zealand

“A show that children can enjoy and bring their whole selves to.”

Theatreview, New Zealand

“Play Play is the second show from Cubbin Theatre Company, a group that creates theatrical experiences for the very young. Their first show, Up and Away, was a delightful performance for infants. This production, directed again by Mel Luckman, is aimed at three to four year olds (and their adults), and it offers an energetic and playful experience that emphasises movement and creativity.”

Theatreview, New Zealand

“The magical play between performers and amplified sounds is satisfying and mysterious for the audience young and old.”

Theatreview, New Zealand

“The intimate setting enabled some beautiful interactions that I can well imagine will have a lasting positive impression.”

Backstage, New Zealand

“Push and pull, fall and rebound, flow and fun, through mime, humour, dance and music. These are skillfully blended into a perfectly timed, tightly choreographed whole.”

Backstage, New Zealand

“Play Play is whimsical and imaginative with moments of delight and surprise that have the audience screeching.”

Backstage, New Zealand


Can I bring my older children?

Yes! Anyone and everyone is welcome to Play Play. The show has been made specifically for 3-4 year olds but we think everyone will enjoy it! Every one will need their own ticket except babies in arms who get to come for free.

How long is the show?

The performance lasts approximately 30 minutes plus time for a wee play afterwards.

Where will we sit?

You and your child can sit on the floor near the playing space, or there will be some comfy chairs for those who don’t want to sit on the floor.

Does my child need to sit still and be quiet?

No! We’re really keen to encourage the children to respond however they like.

There is an element of observation and listening to Play Play but however children wish to respond will be welcomed. That’s part of the excitement of live theatre!

I’m running late! Can I come in after the start time?

Absolutely! You are welcome to come and go from the space whenever you wish during the performance.

Do I need to buy two tickets for me and my child?

Yes. One bum, one ticket! Babes-in-arms can come for no charge. If your child is able to walk into the theatre by themselves then they need a ticket.

Will I enjoy the performance too?

We hope so! If you have any other queries or concerns please contact our friendly team at

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Past shows

  • 18 - 22 November 2020
  • 07 - 08 November 2020
  • 05 - 05 December 2019
    NASDA Studio, Christchurch
  • 10 - 15 November 2018
    Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

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