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15 - 16 September



Event duration icon Duration

30 mins


Presented By String Bean Puppets

A bat who is afraid of the dark meets a glow worm who thinks she is a star. Friendship triumphs fear as the glow worm leads the bat out of darkness and together they fly.

This show is a work in development, inspired by conversations with children during workshops at Zealandia about their fear of the dark and the real threats that our native species face from introduced pests. Through shadow puppetry, we explored how the dark can make the familiar seem strange and frightening. Their words and the art and images they created will feed into this work.

Join this courageous short-tailed bat, and his new glow worm friend as they face his fears and delve into the shadows, discovering the light on the other side.

Made with the support of the Philipp Family Foundation

A social story for the relaxed performance of Flutter will be available online closer to the time. Check back here soon.

Flutter is perfect for families with children aged between 3 and 7 years old

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Flutter will be hosting a Relaxed Performance on Friday 15 September at 10am. Everyone is welcome at this show but relaxed performances are especially suitable for people with intellectual disabilities and people who are on the autism spectrum. The show will be adapted to create a more relaxed sensory environment.

The lights and sound effects will be less intense, the house lights will be kept on a low level, people can move around & come and go from the theatre as needed and can move around the theatre. There will also be a pre-show walkthrough of the theatre at 9:40am, prior to performance. Please find the social script for this relaxed performance of flutter below which includes more information on the show synopsis, character and what to expect for the performance. If you have any questions or queries regarding this performance or accessibility at BATS, please email[email protected].

Creative Team

Anna Bailey - puppeteer/puppet build and design

Struan Ashby - set design and construction

Stephanie Cairns - Music composition and sound design

Jen McArthur - direction/dramaturg

Gillian Hanemayer - Lighting Designer

Joseph Bailey - Electrical Wiring

Jimmy Williamson - Production Management Intern

TAHI Festival - TAHI Turns Five!

TAHI Festival is an annual celebration of solo theatre. From 6 - 16 September 2023 soloists from around the nation - from established to emerging practitioners - will gather in Pōneke to present work, collaborate and make connections across the industry. 2023 marks the fifth year of TAHI Festival, so come and join the fun with some of the best solo theatre Aotearoa has to offer!

Explore our full programme at

@tahifestivalnz | #TAHI2023

A wooden marionette puppet in the shape of a bat hangs by its strings. Its wings are spread and it appears to be smiling. The image sits within a bright green frame.
Photo by Roc+ Photography. Design by Aimee Sullivan