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Jelly or Jam

  • The Spiegeltent Aotea Square (map)


16 & 17 March, 2019
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square

Have you ever seen a giant block of jelly, wobbly, jiggly and strong enough to stand on?

Jelly and acrobatics are a wild combination. In the gooeyest kids’ show at the Auckland Arts Festival in March, playing with food is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. And if that food is jiggly, wiggly, red jelly…even better!

Jelly or Jam is a fun-filled family show performed by award-winning husband and wife team, Jascha Boyce and Joren Dawson.

Inspired by interviews with kids about what emotions are and how people feel them, this New Zealand premiere examines the control we have over our individuality, asking the question, “What makes you, you?”

This brilliant piece of theatre for young people is filled with real stories about being a kid, while testing the physical limits of two giant blocks of jelly. Boyce and Dawson are not afraid to ask the big questions about life and identity while mushing gelatinous mounds through their toes, juggling blobs of jiggly jelly and performing acrobatic feats which have thrilled young and old alike in previous seasons, including this year’s Adelaide Fringe.

A morning of theatre that has been described by one parent as “G-rated jelly wrestling”, this 50-minute show is sure to be everyone’s jam. It plays two performances at the Speigeltent at Aotea Square on 16 and 17 March.


“G-rated jelly wrestling.”

– Parent


“Children in the audience we entranced throughout the show, thanks to its structure and pacing, and adults were most likely in awe, both of the skills but also of the seemingly unbreakable bond these two performers must have in their relationship, as a result of creating this work that demands such intense focus and trust between them both.” –

★★★★ ½ “A celebration of curiosity, wonder, exploration, and being completely present and physically in touch with the world around us.” - Adelaide Show

A wonderful way to not only introduce young children to the world of acrobats, but to theatre as well. “ - Broadway World

★★★★ “No matter what age you are, this show will be your jam” - Scenstr

Earlier Event: 15 March
Silkroad Ensemble
Later Event: 17 March
Toku Reo Waiata