Make a big difference to The Big Idea.

Help us tell the most creative stories.

Become a supporter

× Sorry, this event has been and gone! Visit our EVENTS section to see what's coming up.

It's Alive! -July school holidays

It's Alive! -July school holidays
9 Jul 2022 to 10 Jul 2022
10:30am and 2:30pm daily
A silly show for the whole whānau, with real science experiments!
Event type: 
Comedy, Multidisciplinary, Theatre
Adults $26, Kids $19, Family Pass $80 *plus fees
The Factory Theatre
80 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga


This school holidays, bring the tamariki to see “It’s Alive!” a brand-new theatre show for the whole whānau. This fun and silly show, designed especially for tamariki aged 5-10, features science experiments live on stage, and gives kids the opportunity to directly influence the actor’s decisions and show storyline. 

The show follows two young wannabe scientists played by Dylan Underwood (Badjelly the Witch, The Santa Claus Show) and Rebecca Stubbing (Can I Get an Underground Location and a Mythical Creature?) who try to do their Best Experiment Ever, only for it to go horribly wrong and accidentally create a puppet (puppeteer Isabella Kerridge-Temm (Ugly Shakespeare Company)). Will the puppet be a friend, or will they cause chaos for the kids to clean up before mum gets home? 

Brought to you by Improverished, the improvised theatre company behind family-friendly shows like Choose Your Own Adventure and Random Fairytale Generator which have sold-out venues at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the Auckland Fringe Festival since 2019. “It’s Alive!” is their latest show, and it’s sure to bring the same sense of joy and silliness as their other beloved performances.

All the  science experiments have been designed with careful consultation with chemists to ensure the safety of the  audience, and they can be done at home as school holiday projects.

“It’s Alive!” combines theatre, comedy, science, puppetry, and improvisation into a joyful 45-minute adventure that will blast your socks off.

Francesca Browne and Rebecca Stubbing… are regaling from the get go…The audience overall find the show highly entertaining, with the troupe eliciting raucous laughter and genuine investment in this short-lived story.
(Theatrescenes Improverished review)

Key information

  • Location: The Factory Theatre- 80 Onehunga Mall
  • Transport: Parking available, 5 minute walk from Onehunga train station
  • Length: 45 minutes approx.
  • Starring: Dylan Underwood, Isabella Kerridge-Temm, and Rebecca Stubbing
  • Directed by: Francesca Browne
  • Produced by: Rebecca Stubbing
  • Puppets created by Zoe Stokes

This show has been designed especially for primary-school aged tamariki (ages 5-10) and their whānau, but can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. We do not recommend this show for children aged 3 and under.

Vaccine passes will not be required to attend this performance, however masks will be required for all audience members over the age of 5. Food and drinks (including allergy-friendly options) will be for sale at the theatre, but we ask that audience members put their masks back on when they have finished their snacks. Adult and child sized masks will be available for a small fee (cash only) if you forget yours. We will be working to ensure the venue is well-ventilated. Thank you for your understanding. 

The Factory Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any accessibility questions or requirements and we will do our best to help you enjoy the show.

Covid-19 Information 
If you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend the performance due to Covid-19 or cold/flu symptoms, please get in contact with our team as soon as possible via email or direct message. We will do our best to make suitable arrangements.

Email (
Facebook (/improverishedaotearoa) 
Instagram (@improverished)
Factory Theatre phone (021 655 963)


Written by


23 Jun 2022