Imagined Worlds Storytelling : Dunedin Fringe Festival

Imagined Worlds Storytelling

Storytelling Music

Meet Toby and Mary Bumby - one returned from the grave the other recently human.
Both curious. Double delights showcasing storytelling at its best.

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From Waiheke to Ōtepoti come the double delights of storyteller Tanya Batt & musician Peter Forster

Mary Bumby's Hive of Story (Orokonui Ecosanctuary)

A prophecy, a hive of story and plenty of cross pollination.
Meet Mary Bumby, Aotearoa’s honey bee pioneer, returned to earth to re awaken the bee- ing in humans. A highly interactive and humorous excursion into a world where Apis Mellifera and New Zealand’s past & future, meet to make something sticky and sweet.

Toby of Not to Be - Stories of Death and Dying (Waitati Hall)

"Why do we die?" A four year old boy's simple but poignant question begins a journey that explores our timeless human struggle with mortality. A skillful weave of conversation, contemplation, traditional stories, song and music offered up as a invitation to think deeply about life....and death.

"I've been lucky to see some wonderful theatre in my life. It is the ones that stay with you forever that really count. Mary Bumby is definitely now part of my forevers. (Along with Sir John G's one man show, Tim Balme's 'Ballad of Jimmy Costello', & Witi Ihimaera's 'Woman Far Walking').” - Jackie Davidson

"Witty, educational, interactive and entertaining show, thoroughly enjoyable" - Angela Stuart

"Rarely have I seen a performance more seamlessly and intimately presented. I was transfixed by the infinite variety of the performers’ skills.But most of all, it was the message about the universality of death and the performers’ portrayal of it as a part of life, that left a deep impression on me. Everyone should see Toby or Not to Be.” - Ann Somerville





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1hr 20min




7 years +
Content Warning

Conversations about death and dying in the Toby or Not to Be Show


Waitati Hall

Orokonui Road, Waitati Dunedin

| Wheelchair Access YES

Accessible Bathroom YES

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

600 Blueskin Road Waitati Dunedin 9081

| Wheelchair Access YES

Accessible Bathroom YES

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