About The Magic Play House

The Magic Play House was officially founded by Kylie Penn in 2000, after years of creative freelancing. It ecompases a variety of ideas including; a place where theatrical plays are created, a place where magic is found, a place where audiences can explore through play.

The “House” could be found where-ever Kylie could set up her sewing machine but over time a variety of amazing creatives have contributed to the magic and now the Play House has found a permanent home in Kerikeri, Northland, and it is bursting with ideas!

Whether it is creating magic for our own shows or the shows of others, finding a innovative and unique way to capture an audiences attention and imagination is what we are all about.

Theatre, film, large scale events and interactive experiences, The Magic Play House can help make any idea memorable for all of the right reasons. Note: When we speak of magic we refer to the wonderful moment when our imaginations spark with excitement and we feel inspired to see the world in a different light, not the actual magic that magicians can create such as pulling a rabbit out of a hat. We do not have any magicians on our staff (at the moment).

What People Say

NYT was extremely fortunate to have the skills, commitment and creativity that Kylie brought to every production. Her dedication to developing magical immersive worlds for children to explore and escape to, is one of her greatest strengths. I cannot emphasise enough, her professionalism and the vast amount of experience she has in all areas of theatre-making for children.

Hayley Clark
Manager | Northland Youth Theatre Trust

I believe Mac’s Patch is a delightfully engaging, high-quality production showcasing excellent puppetry, and memorable songs that cover a wide range of genres by composer, Jo Slack.

Chris Lam Sam
Chair | Kiwi Kids Music Trust

Magic in the Bush was so cool! It was about how special our bush is and how we need to take care of it. My favourite part was when Henry (the green bell frog) was singing on the log. I loved all of the songs and the people doing the puppets were funny!  

‘Magic in the Bush’ Review
by Pippa Mortensen, aged 8


About Kylie Penn, Founder

Kylie has been working in the creative industries for over 25 years in a variety of different rolls including: Directing, Producing, Production Management, Production Design, Set & Costume Construction, Puppet Construction & Performance, Choreography & Event Management.

She has produced theatrical shows from full scale musicals to national touring performances and created short films and music videos for the educational resource Mac’s Patch. She has also helped organisations such as the Northland Regional Council, Whangarei District Council, Department of Conservation (Northland) and New Zealand Association of Environmental Educators, share key messages through inspiring and imaginative resources.


Let’s build something magic together.


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