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Present Company

at Bats Pit Bar, Wellington
From 22 Feb 2012 to 25 Feb 2012

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 27 Feb 2013 to 2 Mar 2013

Inch Bar, 8 Bank St, Northeast Valley, Dunedin
From 13 Mar 2014 to 16 Mar 2014

Reviewed by:  John SmytheHannah SmithTerry MacTavish;


Killing time between theatre shows? Watch a scene. Killing a night? Come to three. Pulp aficionado? Come every night for a week and get the whole film! Puppet Fiction – it's Pulp Fiction with some strings attached – PUPPET STRINGS! 

Venue:  The Pit Bar at BATS Theatre 

Performance Dates:  Wed 22 Feb - Sat 25 Feb 2012 
Wed 29 Feb to Sat 3 March 
Three times a night: 6.45pm, 8.15pm and 9.45pm. 
Prices:  koha  



After two extremely successful sell-out seasons in Wellington, Present Company are proud to bring the ultimate Tarantino homage Puppet Fiction to the Basement Theatre from 27 February to 2 March for the Auckland Fringe Festival in 2013!

Pulp Fiction was an instant cult classic. A genre-busting and seven time Oscar nominated film about the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits as they intertwined in four tales of violence and redemption.

Puppet Fiction was also an instant hit playing homage to the mighty film, with 40cm tall replicates of the main characters. They performed 35 shows over 3 weeks of the NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington to packed houses and took out the award for Best Performance Design with a runner up to Best New Concept then went on to pack out houses for another 12 shows in the middle of winter.

Obviously the concept of puppets dealing with, and dealing out such violence, humour, love, lust, drugs, signs from God, heavy and eccentric dialogue is enthralling, curious and automatically hilarious; adding to the experience is the joy of live puppetry; a stuck jaw, awkward effects, the tangle of strings during a love scene. The cast of three, led by amazing puppeteer Jon Coddington and rounded out with the talents of Anya Tate-Manning and renown comedian James Nokise, will triumph over every pending disaster while portraying all of your favourite characters, under the direction of Hannah Clarke.

“The tight team work hard beneath their relaxed exteriors. It's a big and arguably insane task they have taken on” - John Smythe, Theatreview.

The film has been broken down into the main storylines and each night one 40 minute slice of the film will be played out in its own way. Come for one show and a good giggle while you remember what is was that made this film so great, or for the real Pulp aficionados come along every night to see the whole film weave together.

"A barkingly implausible, bat-shit crazy late night cult piece of weird." - Geoff Pinfield

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to  

27th, 28th February, 1st and 2nd March 2013, 10pm
Duration: 40mins
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: It's a koha show, and Pumpkin and Honey Bunny want to see what you've got in your wallet!

Come once and see a story, come three times and see the whole film.
"A barkingly implausible, bat-shit crazy late night cult piece of weird."

"I cannot commend this puppet show too highly. It is an utterly unique and singular theatrical experience so smartly and endearingly executed you wonder why no one had thought of it sooner. It succeeds brilliantly on a number of levels.... Go see it if you get the chance. Get a front row seat. This is an intimate show and being splashed with performers sweat is part of the charm." - TOM SCOTT

"A barkingly implausible, bat-shit crazy late night cult piece of weird. Never before have I seen such fear and loathing done so well on such an epic miniature scale." - GEOFF PINFEILD

"The tight team works hard beneath their relaxed exteriors.  It's a big and arguably insane task they have taken on.  But this is a homage to a cult classic that made a big impression... and judging by the packed Pit Bar (with many turned away), there are plenty of punters... who share their nostalgic passion." - John Smythe THEATREVIEW 


Dates: March 13, 14, 15, 16 
Venue:  Inch Bar 
7:00pm, 8:30pm & 10:00pm (13, 14, 15)
Puppet Fiction marathon 5:00pm - 6:30pm (16)
Duration: 40 min
Online Tickets: Donation / Koha
Door Sales: Donation / Koha 

Theatre, Puppetry