Watch “Search for the Selfish Elves”!

It’s here! We’re delighted to share Brickworks’ first movie – “Search for the Selfish Elves”! It’s our Christmas present to you 🙂 We’re so grateful to live and work in a community full of film and TV professionals who helped us make this 30 min festive film!

Written, directed, and produced by Natascha Diaz and Lauren Jackson with the support of the Creative Communities Scheme and the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

The story…

The good people of Te Atatū Peninsula love to celebrate Christmas… but not this year. Somehow everyone’s lost the Christmas spirit, and there’s talk of cancelling all the festivities! A tip-off from a local reveals that a group of outcast elves have started a vendetta against Santa. Te Atatū’s journalists and detectives team up to launch the Search for the Selfish Elves! Can they find them before the elves destroy the Christmas spirit forever?

The making of…

In 2020 Brickworks Drama School, directed by Lauren Jackson and Natascha Diaz, embarked on an ambitious creative project. Lauren and Natascha wrote and shot a short film with all of their 50 drama students (ages 3 – 14) in Te Atatū Peninsula. Filming began in August and the film was shot on weekends and evenings – 10 shoot days in total. Production and post-production stalled several times due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, but the Christmas spirit has prevailed, and the film is now ready to share! “Search for the Selfish Elves” is truly a local labour of love – a beautiful Christmas story about the power of community and family. Local artists and creatives have joined forces to create this uplifting story.

*Online* October School Holiday Workshops!

With the wonderful support of the Creative Communities Scheme

Bookings now open!

Auckland may be in lockdown, but Brickworks Drama School still has some online drama fun planned these holidays! It’s drama on Zoom, or as we like to call it “Droom”. To keep our creative connections alive, we’ve created a flexi online drama programme for the second week of the October school holidays. And you don’t have to live in Auckland to join in! In fact, you could invite your Australian cousins to Droom with us…

Our online drama workshops will keep your 6 – 14 year old kids entertained while developing their confidence, communication, and teamwork under the guidance of experienced tutors Natascha Diaz and Lauren Jackson.

Each day has a theme and is self-contained, so single-day bookings are fine. Students will work in their age groups: 6 – 9 years, and 10 – 14 years. We’ll also take them through a craft activity each day, using everyday household items.

For more details and enrolment info please go to:

Drama on Zoom this week!

Kia ora koutou Brickworks Drama families,

We hope you are well and safe in your bubbles. Due to Auckland’s Level 3 restrictions, we can’t run drama classes in person this week. Instead, we will return to drama on Zoom, or “Drooming” as we called it last time around!

We have figured out ways to connect and have fun over Zoom, so do encourage you and your child to give it a go with us this Wednesday, at your normal drama class time. And let’s hope we’ll be back together again at The Chapel next week!

The link to your class has been emailed to you 🙂

Please set your child up in a space where they can jump and move, and stay close by to help your child with the technology.

Email us at if you are having any trouble joining us on the day.

Ngā mihi,
Lauren and Natascha

2020 Highlights! Happy New Year…

2020 has brought challenges, but also some highlights we want to share before the year is over! Brickworks Drama School shot its first film – “Search for the Selfish Elves” – with support from Creative Communities and the Henderson-Massey Local Board. We collaborated with Wild Things Art School (with funding from Creative New Zealand’s “Creatives in Schools” grant) to offer a drama-art workshop series at Te Atatu Intermediate School, exploring the theme “Being Seen”. And we worked via Zoom to complete our first international collaboration – “Racconti italiani di Natale 2020 – Italian Christmas Tales 2020”. Italian director, Gianluca Barbadori, directed some of our students in the reading of these short stories, with support from Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney and the Italian Embassy. Looking forward to more adventures through drama in 2021! Ngā mihi o te tau hou 🙂

Meri Kirihimete – Holiday Workshops – a Christmas Funny!

Meri Kirihimete Brickworks Whānau! Wishing you a safe and happy festive season! We’ll be running drama workshops for one week in January: Mon 18th – Fri 22nd Jan. Individual day bookings are available and we will open enrolments before the New Year (and post again to let you know).

And here’s what’s making us laugh this Christmas – the SNL “Mom Got a Robe” sketch. It’s not too late to avoid this scenario, people!

Arohanui, Lauren and Natascha

October School Holiday Workshops

In Week Two of the October School Holidays we will be running our popular drama workshops again! With the kind support of the Creative Communities Scheme, we’re offering two workshops – for 6 – 9 year olds, and 10 – 14 year olds. Each workshop is a self-contained day with a central theme, finishing with a showcase by the kids at 3pm for their parents and caregivers. The students gain confidence, enhancing their communication and teamwork skills through fun games and exercises taught by the experienced Brickworks drama tutors.

For more info and to enrol, please go to our October School Holiday Workshops page.

Term Two online!

Selfish Elf Film Squad – Enrolments open!

Kia ora koutou Brickworks whānau,

We’re excited to share with you this six week course we’ve created for Term Two! (Info on how to enrol at the bottom of the email.)

We’re excited to share with you this six week course we’ve created for Term Two! 
We’re calling it the “Selfish Elf Film Squad”. Why? Because this course will be preparing us all to shoot Brickworks’ first ever short film in Term Three! We have just received Creative Communities funding for an idea we pitched at the start of the year. It’s about Christmas in Te Atatu Peninsula!
As always we will be collaborating with Wild Things Art School on the sets, and hope to work with local film and TV professionals to shoot and edit the film. In Term Four we will hold a special premiere evening at The Chapel.
We’re spending Term Two working on it with the kids – developing the characters, the script, and the look of the film. We think it will be nice to focus on a time when we can all come together again.