| Present Company presents|
Pulling the strings of Pulp Fiction
Everybody be cool, this is a puppet show!
Any of you fuckin’ pricks move, and I’ll execute every mother fuckin’ last one of you!
Puppet Fiction is back at BATS for one-night only as part of the Comedy Fest, and this night is going to be something special as, finally, they’re filming the show. Be there to witness the puppets fall apart under the intense pressure. Be there to be part of the footage that hopefully Quentin Tarantino will watch as the Puppet Fiction crew try to get his stamp of approval. Be there for this “barkingly implausible, bat-shit crazy, late night cult piece of weird”.
It’s been 20 years since Pulp Fiction was released in 1994 and became 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. 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. But 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 actress Anya Tate-Manning and award-winning comedian James Nokise, will triumph over every pending disaster while portraying all of your favourite characters, under the direction of Hannah Clarke.
The puppets have clocked the Fringe circuit, having sold out at Wellington Fringe, Auckland Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and most recently Dunedin Fringe where they were nominated for Best Comedy…. which was annoyingly won by puppeteer James Nokise for that other show he did. So don’t miss out, book your tickets now!
The gruesome humour of the movie is recreated with relish, the audience is viciously threatened (“I'll execute every one of you mother-fuckers – this is not a drill!” snarls sweet Tate-Manning), but the black comedy of Pulp Fiction translates irresistibly to puppets. Terry McTavish, 14 March 2014, Dunedin Fringe
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