CAPITAL E, McKenzie Theatre, Wellington

30/06/2012 - 14/07/2012

Hornby High School, Christchurch

03/09/2013 - 03/09/2013

Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka

16/04/2013 - 16/04/2013

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

20/07/2013 - 27/07/2013

NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT, Christchurch

05/09/2013 - 06/09/2013

Christchurch Arts Festival 2013

Production Details

From her hideaway in a museum basement comes Ivy, a cleaning lady with a difference.

Her humble set of wheels may look like a cleaning cart, but just wait and see where – and when! – that time-travelling trolley is about to take you. Join our heroine of hygiene as she takes you on a whirlwind trip through history.

From a clash with Cleopatra to schmoozing with Shakespeare, and even a detour to the moon – our quirky queen of clean lets nothing distract her from her mission to save the dinosaurs from certain extinction.

With a cinematic score from Gareth Farr, IVY will warm the hearts and spark the imaginations of children of all ages.

IVY – Saviour of the Dinosaur!
Venue: Capital E McKenzie Theatre 
When: Sat 30 June 2pm, Mon 2 – Sat 14 July 10am & 11.30am
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $12 per person. $44 for a group of four. $10.oo per person for groups of 10 or more. Under two free.

Age 2+ 
After watching the play you too can go back to the Cretaceous period and bring back your very own dinosaur, just like Ivy! Choose a roaring T-Rex puppet, or a 3D egg complete with mini hatching dinosaur, then take them home and wow your friends with your new intriguing pet!
When: Mon 2 – Sat 14 July
Time: 9.30am – 1pm
Duration: Stay as long as you like 
Venue: Capital E Playground
Price: $2 per craft


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For one week only at Downstage Theatre, Capital E National Theatre for Children is presenting The Dominion Post Season of Ivy Saviour of the Dinosaur. It’s the last chance for New Zealand audiences to catch Ivy before she heads across the Tasman!

The show runs from Sat 20 – 27 July (no show Sundays) and performances are 10am and 1pm (approx. 55 mins).

Ivy Saviour of the Dinosaur – Christchurch Arts Festival 2013

Ivy’s listed in the school section of the website http://www.artsfestival.co..nz/schools

When: 2 – 6 September, two performances a day, morning and afternoon
Ivy venues are
Hornby High School
Tuesday 3rd September 1.15 – 2.10pm
Madras Street
Thursday 5 Sept 1.15 – 2.10pm; Friday 6 Sept 10.30 – 11.25am

Creative Team  
Creative Producer             Stephen Blackburn
Writer/Performer                Jennifer Martin
Director                              Kerryn Palmer
Composer                          Gareth Farr
Designer                            Alice Hill
Lighting Designer              Marcus McShane
Performer                           Nick Dunbar

Production Team 
Production Manager         Sonia Hardie
Stage Manager/Operator Charlotte Gordon
Set Construction              Jarren Jackson
Costume Construction     Anne de Geus
Puppet Construction        Kyleigh Adrian-Burne
Internship from Toi Whakaari    Hamish Baxter-Broad 

Capital E Team  
Capital E Director:           Stuart Grant
Business Manager:          Morag Zaric
Marketing Manager:        Ali Jamieson  
Publicist:                          Brianne Kerr/Lucy Bryant 
Front of House Supervisor:  Fiona Tucker  
Bookings Co-ordinator:   Margaret Cranney
Facility Manager /
Event Technician:           Simon Jones   

Capital E National Theatre for Children Team 
Creative Producer:          Stephen Blackburn  
Production Manager:       Sonia Hardie 
Development Manager:   Glenn Horsfall  

55 mins

Accessible and imaginative

Review by Lindsay Clark 04th Sep 2013

There is nowhere you cannot go with imagination as your transport and this creative Capital E National Theatre for Children production, enterprisingly directed by Kerryn Palmer, proves the point yet again. The journey from the basement of a natural science museum somewhere to dinosaur time and place is just the beginning. 

For when the cheerful and extra resourceful Ivy, with her extra capable cleaning trolley, undertakes to show the audience not only the dinosaurs in their own time, but then to save them from that meteorite which signalled their extinction, we are whisked about in time to consult Galileo about how to block the disaster and then to the moon just as Neil Armstrong is making his descent and back to Guy Fawkes as a last resort, to beg explosives to blast the meteor threat apart. 

All this is accomplished with panache, in spite of a challenging space, thanks to Alice Hill’s canny design (plenty of colourful surprises), sound and lighting contributions from Gareth Farr and Marcus McShane respectively and most of all to indefatigable energy from the writer/actor Jennifer Martin. She has the knack of establishing the impossible with complete airiness, aided in the time shifts by a succession of nifty cameos from Nick Dunbar.

The crowning moment comes appropriately at the end of an entertaining 55 minutes when the dinosaur egg, lifted from the first travel stop, hatches. The audience who saw the performance with me was delighted. So of course is Ivy, as she has just been fired for allowing such havoc (that was the explosion) in her basement. 

Accessible and imaginative, the production is a positive addition to children’s fare in the Christchurch Arts Festival. Thanks Capital E. (It plays again at NASDA Studio 1 on Thursday 6 at 10.30am and Friday at 1.15pm.)


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Cleaning lady polishes off disaster

Review by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 25th Jul 2013

There’s something strange happening at the museum. A party of tourists has gone missing. They are discovered being an audience for the irrepressible Ivy. She’s the museum cleaner with a pommie accent who keeps her cleaning gear and various objects one suspects she oughtn’t to have, such as Sir Ed’s ice pick, in the cluttered basement.

She’s cleaner by day, clandestine palaeontologist by night. And when she gets into her magical cleaning trolley she breaks through light speed barriers, flips through time and space, and becomes the first human to land on the Moon where she decides to stop a meteorite from crashing into Earth and destroying all the dinosaurs. Using 17th century English gunpowder is her cunning plan. [More]


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High quality, intelligent theatre for children or adults

Review by Charlotte Simmonds 20th Jul 2013

Yesterday I wondered why we were importing our own stories from overseas instead of making them here. Perhaps I found the answer today. Perhaps everyone who might be making a Hairy Maclary show, and doing it brilliantly, is too busy making shows like Ivy, Saviour of the Dinosaur.

Perhaps we are too busy creating shows from scratch, shows with stories designed for the stage, to be trying to retell something that has already been brilliantly told on paper as a book and has no need of further adaptation; too busy proving that just because you’re telling a story for children who may not quite see through all the disguise, that doesn’t mean you have to make it stupid for it to be fun. You can have both without compromise.

Jennifer Martin’s Ivy is a dorky, bumbling museum cleaning lady by day, and a gutsy, yet oh-so-sweet, time-travelling palaeontologist by night, on a mission to stop the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs from wiping out the dinosaurs, and she must get more information from history to do so.

The entire aesthetic of the show is exquisite, from the inventive set and props to the costumes, the lighting that appears in such interesting places and the music, which almost has me tearfully sniffling as much as all those astronaut films do when Armstrong steps onto the moon. 

Ivy’s cleaning cart, which is secretly a time machine, is perhaps a nod to Terry Pratchett’s character Mrs Tachyon, the time-travelling bag-lady who carries time around in old rubbish bags in her shopping trolley. Ivy’s cleaning cart cannot only propel her through time and earthly space, but also into the atmosphere. 

This was a solo show in origin and remains pretty much a solo show, but Nick Dunbar pops onto the stage every now and then, almost launching into clowning but never quite going all the way, to provide a hilarious range of historical characters. All with their own witty gags, Shakespeare, Galileo, Neil Armstrong, the enamoured Guy Fawkes, Richard Pierce and even a fleeting Cleopatra all seem to be well acquainted with their old friend, Ivy.

Like a good Pixar movie, there is wide range of humour appealing to the very young, the slightly older, and the adult, and if some jokes go over one person’s head, or another person doesn’t laugh quite as loudly at a loud fart noise, it’s really okay. Although the show was advertised as being suitable for Years 3-9, I saw much younger children there being very entertained, some laughing their heads off, and sitting undistractedly through till the heart-breaking yet hopeful end when <spoiler? but it’s history!> Ivy is fired and we find dinosaurs did not all die out as some evolved into birds. </ends>

“This may look like a humble garden utensil,” says Ivy, and I hear a small voice in my vicinity cry, “No, a treasure axe!”  “But it is in fact an ice pick,” Ivy continues. 

Good children’s theatre, like good children’s literature and good children’s films, must have a universal appeal. It must be able to be go on being witnessed, read and viewed by any age group, without the parent feeling obliged to tolerate or put up with this for the sake of their children. Ivy, Saviour of the Dinosaur accomplishes this.

This is high quality, intelligent theatre for children or adults, with costumes and sets that are not simply designed to fool four year olds but to be beautiful and elegant as well. It is perfectly enjoyable and accessible for any age, and it’s super cheap (just $12 a ticket). I would pay to go and see this with no child in tow, and I would have a really good time too. 

If you are wondering what to take your school-aged child or your strange introverted pre-schooler to these holidays, the answer is this one. There’s even a craft session after the show for those keen to make a T-Rex puppet or a hatching dinosaur egg (cost is $2 per craft).


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Just what the kids ordered

Review by Sue Wards 17th Apr 2013

Capital E (National Theatre for Children) knows just what its audience likes, as this fast-paced production demonstrates. 

Museum cleaning lady Ivy (Jennifer Martin) engages her pint-sized audience from her first appearance on stage, letting the kids know it’s okay to interact with her. She shows us her treasures and reveals to us her secret: she is a cleaner by day, palaeontologist by night. But what’s more, Ivy’s humble cleaning cart is also a time-travelling trolley, which quickly launches us all on an adventure through time and space, amid wafts of smoke and flashing lights. 

The kids love it. My eight year old thinks it’s hilarious, from the T Rex named Diane to the bare bottom accidentally mistaken for the moon by Galileo. With just the right amount of toilet humour (a flatulent Galileo again) and plenty of dinosaur facts and sound effects to keep the kids entertained along the way, Ivy encounters an amazing array of historical figures (all played by the dexterous Kenny King) on her mission to intercept an asteroid destined to hit earth and kill all the dinosaurs.

It’s kind of educational, though what the seven and eight-year-olds make of the fleeting appearances of the likes of Hitler and Cleopatra is doubtful. What works best, of course, are the longer encounters.

A whirling Galileo – along with a bucket and an apple – supplies the best description I’ve ever seen of how the sun, moon, and earth interact. “Houston, we have a problem,” takes on a new meaning when Ivy’s arrival on the moon coincides with Neil Armstrong’s. This is the most resonant scene for me: the music and movement are beautifully co-ordinated – and there are still laughs.

The spindly and goggly-eyed Ivy, making the most of her frame and her props, keeps us guessing right until the end whether her mission to save the dinosaurs will succeed or not. “Did we do it?” asks Ivy, and her audience.

Well, the answer to that may be yes and no, but does the play deliver what the kids like? Emphatically, yes. It’s just what the kids ordered. 


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Innovative tale for youngsters

Review by Ewen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 05th Jul 2012

Capital E National Theatre For Children’s Ivy – Saviour of the Dinosaur by Jennifer Martin is different [from the other children’s theatre on offer these holidays] but just as new and interesting. This is a fascinating piece of theatre, expertly performed by Martin with Nick Dunbar skilfully playing many of the characters Ivy meets on her adventures.

And what an adventure she has. During the day Ivy is a cleaning lady housed in the basement store room of the museum where there is a great array of historical artefacts, set out on Alice Hill’s wonderfully creative set.  But by night she is Ivy the palaeontologist on a quest to save the dinosaurs.

Her cleaning trolley creatively becomes her time traveller and off she goes back in time on her mission to the Cretaceous period, when a meteorite is about to wipe out the dinosaurs.

Ivy devises a plan to stop it, involving going to the moon where she meets up with Neil Armstrong stepping out for mankind, and back to the 1700’s to purloin some of the gun powder Guy Fawkes is using to blow up the British parliament.  On the way she meets lots of other historical characters.

While the show becomes a great history lesson, probably too advanced for many younger audience members, the special effects of flashing lights and bellowing smoke aided by Gareth Farr’s evocative music provide plenty of interest to watch if not to listen to, to make this another great piece of holiday entertainment.


Thomas Bird July 5th, 2012

A witty, clever, well written story. Adults and children laugh together, but often for different reasons. This was my first trip to Capital E, it won't be my last, I'm looking forward to seeing more work from the Ivy team and this talented young writer/actor. My daughter is so in awe of Ivy, I haven't the heart to tell her that it is an actor playing Ivy. Highly recommend! (Even if you don't have children to bring along, it's a fantastic piece of theatre for adults too)

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A thrilling ride through history to prehistory and back

Review by John Smythe 01st Jul 2012

What a joy to see a brand new play for children that does not simply recycle some age-old folk tale. Ivy, of Ivy – Saviour of the Dinosaur, recycles history, paleontological history no less, with a quick whip through other historical milestones en route.

Jennifer Martin’s Ivy, a cleaner at the museum, was born in 2010, to deliver her Toi Whakaari 20 minute Go Solo piece, Ivylution. Now the show itself has evolved into a 45 minute play with a second actor and some superb design elements, all dynamically co-ordinated by director Kerryn Palmer.

Designer Alice Hill has created a very authentic looking basement with shelves of cleaning products and idiosyncratic artefacts which – like the cleaner’s trolley and costume – opens up to reveal hidden elements that reveal Ivy’s unbridled imagination.

Gareth Farr’s music and sound compositions and Marcus McShane’s lighting design also enrich our shared experience of Ivy’s fantastical quest down through the ages to the cretaceous period and back again, to save the dinosaur from extinction by somehow intercepting the meteorite on target to hit planet Earth around 65.5 million years ago.

Writer/performer Jennifer Martin has a ball with Ivy, in no way playing down to her young audience. People of all ages will tune in at whatever level suits them – my four-and-a-half year-old great nephew was as riveted as I was, and for different reasons – making this an ideal family show.

We soon discover we, in the darkened auditorium, are the lost tour group a security guard (Nick Dunbar) mentions on the intercom but we are not asked to participate in any way to help Ivy’s cause (nor in the belief that youngsters need to get up and move every now and then, in order to avoid restlessness).

If course it turns out that most of what we witness is happening in Ivy’s fertile imagination, with Dunbar’s security guard – who write’s Ivy off as a past her use-by date liability – adopting a range of historical roles abetted by the ‘found objects’ which are ingeniously utilised as costume and prop elements. Thus a domed plastic rubbish bin lid becomes Neil Armstrong’s moon-walk helmet, a floor-polishing mop denotes the wings of Richard Pearse’s plane, a vacuum cleaner hose becomes the asp that curtailed Cleopatra’s life, a ‘Caution, slippery when wet’ sign serves as a pointy hat for Guy Fawkes …

Dunbar also makes superbly-pitched cameo appearances as Galileo, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, King Harold and Adolf Hitler – all aided by clever design elements that cartoonishly capture the essence of character.

But the driving force is Ivy and Martin’s transformation from eccentric “cleaner by day” to gung-ho “palaeontologist by night” – she could be a close cousin of Indiana Jones – and the ride she takes us on is as thrilling as it is educational. It is a brilliant introduction to the concepts of history and prehistory for the young and an entertaining refresher for us oldies.
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I do have questions and quibbles concerning the historical and cultural elements, however. For some reason Ivy has a strong Yorkshire accent (so strong I thought her recurring line “An’ we’re ’ere” was “I’m Maria”). This doubtless had value in displaying her skills as a drama school graduand but in this context it becomes yet another lost opportunity to convince our kids that Kiwis too can be interesting, eccentric, imaginative, creative and heroic.

Ivy does re-enact Hilary’s conquest of Everest, up the shelving with his very ice pick; Richard Pearce does get a brief mention, and I assume the creature that hatches from an egg at the end is a moa (not made explicit, I don’t know why). Otherwise all the historical milestones are from the northern hemisphere, betraying the limitations of mid-20th century education and the encyclopaedic record. Yes of course all that is part of our heritage too – on the evolutionary and scientific, if not on everyone’s cultural continuum – but our part of the world has existed too from prehistoric times and here was an opportunity to play with that too.

Was any thought given, I wonder, to relating Ivy in some way to Hawke’s Bay’s own famous fossicker for fossils, Joan Wiffen (see Valley of the Dragons: the story of New Zealand’s dinosaur woman, Auckland: Random Century, 1991). The security guard is a very Kiwi boke and the museum is presumably in New Zealand museum, so why not include an historical landmark from pre-colonised Aotearoa, and/or Captain Cook observing the Transit of Venus, and/or Hongi Hika’s trip to England to see King George IV, for example (in place of Cleopatra, King Harold and Adolf Hitler, perhaps)?

I am not suggesting no reference at all to the wider world. And I know we mark the legacy of Guy Fawkes every 5th November and he is crucial to Ivy’s plan to blow up the meteorite before it strikes Earth and obliterates the dinosaur. But if Capital E National Theatre for Children doesn’t make the effort to stake our claims in global history and prehistory, who else in the world will?  


John Smythe July 4th, 2012

Thanks again Dianne.  I am not arguing for this show to change so much as taking the opportunity to ask creators to have a good think - at the times of conception or recreating – about the questions I’ve raised above.  People from the ‘old world’ regard us as very fortunate to be able to bring a fresh voice and perspective to universal themes. Cue: ‘We don’t know how lucky we are …’

Dianne Brunton July 4th, 2012

Touché re spelling; all too easy to slip up. Just a final word to say I admire your passion for New Zealand culture and your appreciation of our young creative artists.  My heckles were raised because the approach you advocate would make this a different show with a different purpose; I came across adversarial only because I thought the show as it stands is complete.  

John Smythe July 4th, 2012

Thank you Dianne - I hope I have cleaned up the typos now. Speaking of which, where you mention “Gowandana”, I assume you mean Gondwana (a.k.a. Gondwanaland) which began to rearrange itself in the early cretaceous period. The micro continent Zealandia probably began to separate from Antarctica between 130 and 85 million years ago, then from Australia about 60-85 million years ago. (Wiffen found a dinosaur vertebra in a boulder dated at about 65 million years old.)

But my point is that the southern hemisphere has always been part of planet Earth, the form our region takes at present, above and below the seas, has evolved from something else that was here, and all that is relevant to the notion of ‘prehistory’. Our history also remains a relative mystery both to us and the rest of the world, compared with the what’s been around since myth-making and story-telling were invented, which offers our creative artists exciting opportunities. 

Do I need to add, yet again, that this discussion sits to the side of my clearly stated admiration for Ivy – Saviour of the Dinosaur and Jennifer Martin’s splendid performance? 

Dianne Brunton July 4th, 2012

Gosh, for someone who uses words to critique the creativity of others I was surprised to see so many typos and errors sprinkled throughout John Smyth’s review. John got it right in the first half but

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I do have questions and quibbles concerning the second part, I found the review pretty unimaginative towards the end. I suppose critiques have to find something to complain about but I absolutely disagree that the play didn’t have enough reference to New Zealand (actually I am not sure why this is really relevant). Jennifer Martin manages to weave a wonderful blend of New Zealand iconic figures Sheppard, Pearce, and Hilary with other people that have shaped (western) human history. Ivy is a wonderful character, the accent adds depth, charm and contrast to her character – it’s imaginative. With Ivy we cross time and space, I agree with the reviewer that this play has something for everyone, action, interaction and clever effects for children, with the bonus of fast, witty dialogue for the more mature members of the audience. I didn’t assume the basement was in a New Zealand Musuem or that the bird at the end was a moa, these aspects of the story were for me universals. Jennifer Martin as the writer clearly has the ability to see the world as children see it – all children love adventure and dinosaurs.

 Now think about what the world was like in the age of the dinosaurs; prior to 65 million years ago – New Zealand did not exist as it is now, for most of the dinosaur age we were part of Gowandana, a massive supercontinent, when dinosaurs disappeared our geological foundations were barely above the sea, we were part of the large flat and sinking continent of Zealandia. Yes, we have some dinosaur fossils, and yes Joan Wiffen through shear determination found them, but the majority are marine based – Zealandia was basically submerged. So the dinosaur age is a world very connected and in my opinion Ivy hits its mark by adopting the same approach.

 Along with my family, I went to the opening- it was simply astounding, everyone there loved it, children were enthralled and entertained, what more could you ask of a performance? Congratulations to Captila E for supporting this talented team.

PS. The evolution of birds from dinosuars portrayed at the end of the play was clearly NOT a moa – moas are a group of flightless bird species that have no wing bones – the world’s first birds evolved from a small velociraptor type dinosaur WITH wings - Ivy’s bird, it surprised and delighted the audience at the very end. 

John Smythe July 3rd, 2012

That’s interesting, Sarah: you tell me I have no business questioning certain elements of this production yet you take the liberty of telling me what I may or may not do on a website I created for the very purpose of generating such discourse.

As for this part of the world having no prehistory, the moa was a relic, the tuatara remains one and Joan Wiffen’s research reveals the presence of dinosaurs in what we now call the Hawkes Bay region – as Rebecca Priestly reveals on the National Library of New Zealand website: “She first found marine fossils and then, in the late 1970s, came across a dinosaur vertebra in a boulder about 65 million years old. Identification of this first find, the tail vertebra of a theropod dinosaur, was confirmed in 1980 by Australian vertebrate palaeontologist Ralph Molnar.

“Wiffen continued to explore the Mangahouanga site, finding other bones from both carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs, including theropods, a sauropod, a small hypsilophodont, an armoured ankylosaur and a flying reptile – the pterosaur.”

As long as New Zealand children – in fact all of us – are offered more stories, characters and cultural images (via film, television, books, plays and the internet) from other parts of the world than our own, every day of our lives, I will continue to say our creative practitioners have a primary responsibility to make our presence known and felt, both at home and elsewhere. And the better our creative artists are at their craft, the more I will wish their skills are thus used. This is my opinion and this is exactly the right place to express it. 

sarah daniels July 3rd, 2012

I am not suggesting that increasing the kiwi dimension would limit its universality, I am simply saying that in my opinion there is enough of NZ history covered and it shouldn't have to balance out. The events you suggested could not be done justice in such short snippets like cleopatra, hitler and king harold could.
We do have a history but compared to the rest of world it is very young and I don't know how you can suggest otherwise - NZ does not have a prehistoric history as it wasn't even formed in prehistoric times.
I also think that is a very limiting thing to say that plays from our country should only present their 'born' citizens.
John - it seems to me that what you are suggesting is a completely different play from Capital E and in my opinion you don't have the right and this is not the forum to do it.

John Smythe July 2nd, 2012

I welcome your response, Sarah, but have to point out it is well within the realm of professional arts criticism to raise such questions and generate discourse.  Yes of course all the choices made in IVY can be rationalised – and of course the world history context is essential. I am absolutely not suggesting otherwise.

But your implication that increasing the Kiwi dimension (to counterbalance the over-representation of the ‘old world’ in the historical record) would reduce its universality is a worry. Our part of the world is just as old and if we don’t explore that, who else will?  

If Capital E were to take this show offshore there would be every expectation it would be bringing the gift of a Kiwi perspective on world history and prehistory. If you saw such a show from Australia, for example, would you not find it strange if the leading character was from Yorkshire, and would their being Australian make it any less universal? 

My purpose in raising these questions ‘below the line’, as a postscript, was to separate that discussion from my review of the show as is. Take it or leave it. 

sarah daniels July 2nd, 2012

I saw this show today with my son and was absolutely blown away, this is not just any kids show -  It was truly moving! The first half of this review is right on the mark but reading the second half, I felt obliged to post a comment; I am dumbfounded by the reviewers apparent need for it to have such an immensely heavy New Zealand context and feel that his personal 'questions and quibbles' should not be included in the review, it seems a tad unprofessional and dampens what should be nothing but a rave review! Firstly Ivy would not be Ivy if she weren't from yorkshire; she is a detailed, well formed, beautiful character. (Also NZ is a British colony with a huge number of English immigrants) Secondly the piece does include a lot of New Zealand's history but doesn't limit itself to that and by covering the world's history it makes the piece universal (giving it the ability to perform anywhere - smart move by Capital E!) Hats off to everyone involved in Ivy - Saviour of the Dinosaur for an extraordinary piece of work - the family is eagerly anticipating a sequel! 

Aaron Alexander July 2nd, 2012

Just want to say that my son Zach and I loved it. 

One the best shows for kids we’ve seen. I loved the respect shown for the intelligence of the kids, and the way in which the show started gently and was brave enough to withhold the ‘magic trick’ of the trolley time-machine for quite a while. This meant the payoff was all the greater, as kids (my son, at least) had by that point thought they’d got the measure of the world of the show, and then a whole new dimension opens up, much to their delight. And the end was gentle, and poignant, and beautifully pitched. So many shows for kids end on a high-energy ‘number’, and that’s often appropriate, but it was such a refreshing change to end in a quiet, thoughtful way.

Epic cinematic score from Mr. Farr (loved the moon landing theme in particular), transformational magic from Mr. McShane, lovely playful creativity from Ms. Hill and of course Mr. Dunbar gnawing on the scenery in the very best way. Congratulations to Ms. Palmer for engendering an environment that was clearly creative and heaps of fun!

 Beautiful job all and special congratulations to Jennifer for a memorable creation. 

Zachary sends his love.

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