Puppet Fiction heading to Adelaide Fringe

00:56, Oct 11 2012
Puppet fiction
Jon Coddington and Hannah Clarke are bringing their production of Puppet Fiction to the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

A Wellington puppet production which proved a hit in the tiny BATS Theatre Pit Bar is off to the world's second-largest fringe festival.

Puppet Fiction, a puppet homage to Quentin Tarantino's classic movie Pulp Fiction, won the award for best production design and was runner-up for best concept at this year's Fringe Festival in Wellington.

Puppet Fiction is the brainchild of puppeteer and performer Jon Coddington, who made the 15 puppets from scratch.

It was also created by Wellington's Hannah Clarke and features puppeteers Anya Tate-Manning and James Nokise.

Clarke this morning said Puppet Fiction was last night confirmed for the Adelaide Fringe in March next year.

''We managed to get a venue and get our registration in before deadline yesterday.''


The show would be at Adelaide's Crown and Anchor pub.

It was a 60-seat venue - more than twice size of the Pit Bar.

But the real boost in numbers is the size of the festival itself. With more than 1000 shows this year, it is roughly 10 times bigger than the Wellington festival.

''Part of the reason we are so excited is the Adelaide Fringe has a section for puppets,'' she said.

It was only beaten in size by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she hoped to either take Puppet Fiction or the team's next production - a puppet tribute to Bruce Willis.

While the rest of the team would travel to Adelaide, Clarke would stay in Wellington where she is working on the Wellington festival.

The season at BATS made enough money to pay for registration and venue costs in Adelaide.

"But we still need to raise $3500 to pay for airfares,'' Clarke said.

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