Present Company Live is a creative production house for theatre, comedy, live art, and puppetry based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
(A Smidge of) Pidge
“Pigeons are hated because they have gains [sic] too much confidence for their own good and flap in your face like they can. Plus they steal your food and who does that like for real?”
Produced by Hank of Thread with Present Company Live, (A Smidge of) Pidge is a one woman show about the existential dread we all feel from time to time (A Smidge of) Pidge asks the hard questions, like: "Am I doing the right thing with my life?", "Why do embarrassing things always happen to me?" and "Why does everyone hate pigeons?"
Bringing back team members of the legendary Babyshads from the late 2000’s, (A Smidge of) Pidge is a black comedy by Sherilee Kahui and Jimmy Sutcliffe, directed by Hannah Clarke.
After a solid run directed by Jane Yonge at Melbourne Fringe and the Nelson Fringe in 2017 the show was been reworked for a Wellington debut season. About identity and the anxiety that is inextricably tied to it (A Smidge of) Pidge fuses clowning, song and dance to show the myriad ways in which we are all simultaneously the same and very very different, ultimately using comedy to celebrate the absurdity of it all.
Dorge is a lovable orange hand and rod monster puppet that really likes to talk about sex.
Dorge was created by puppet master Jon Coddingon in 2015 and started out with small spots at line up shows. Having performed in variety shows in Edinburgh Fringe and in NZ, Jon Coddington wrote and prepared with Hannah Clarke a full solo show Dorge ABCDS&M. The show premiered in NZ Fringe Wellington Feb 2016 and won the inaugural BARC award presented by World Buskers Festival.
After a successful season in Christchurch for the World Buskers Festival in January 2017, Dorge relocated to Auckland and has taken to popping up at parties while he tries to make it big in the city. He’s also taken to delighting children at Starship Hospital with visits to the wards.
He also makes a cameo appearance in Puppet Fiction as Jody (played by Patricia Arquette in the film 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!”
3 actors and 25 marionettes hilariously attempt to play out the movie Pulp Fiction in this ultimate fan homage.
Conceived in 2011 by Jon Coddington and Hannah Clarke, and featuring James Nokise and Anya Tate-Manning in it’s original line up, Puppet Fiction has been performed nearly 300 times to sell out audiences around the world.
A sell-out success at Edinburgh, Adelaide, Perth, Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin Fringe festivals, World Buskers Festival, the NZ Comedy Festival, and at corporate gigs and independent seasons, Puppet Fiction manages to deliver current socio-political satire through the lens of a cult film, delivered by puppets.
Performed as three different 55min shows or one 2.5hr marathon (incl breaks). Option for short GA appearances.
Suits small room or raked seating, can also be played to larger rooms with live projection. Single state lighting, actors operate own tech with preference for venue sound op.
Women at Work
Part circus, part protest, all live art.
Women at Work is a collective street performance that explores the world of ’emotional labour’ in a fun and stylistic way, offering an interactive experience or a passive reflection in passing. A response to maker Hannah Clarke’s continued sightings of ‘men at work’ signs in 2016, Women at Work is an ensemble installation that sees a piece of public space eg Cuba Mall in Wellington city, cordoned off and a ‘work site’ installed complete with a stop/go (wo)man. Within the site many women are “working”: one vacuuming (a futile task in a street), one literally juggling babies (well, baby dolls), another loading and moving large paper mâché boulders painted to look like emoji’s. At the centre of the work site is a hot pink desk where a woman local to the installation site is invited to carry out her normal work. Each of the working women is endowed with a character and available to interact with the public. If casting allows there is also a site manager who offers hazard tours of the work site.
Every 14mins or so a bell tolls, all women down tasks and take a microbreak dancing in sync to a minute of Dolly Parton’s hit song ‘9 to 5’ before returning to their work.
Conceived for Fringe 2017 by Hannah Clarke and Rebeka Whale, this project has been developed with production elements created ready for performance.
If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution...
Created and Performed by Julia Croft Directed by Virginia Frankovich
This is a work to wake us up a little. This is a party. This is a poem. This is a call to arms.
If there’s not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming is a rich contemporary performance collage of film scripts, pop songs, elaborate costumes, comedy, dance and live art, all stretched teased shattered and reassembled in order to challenge the treatment of women’s bodies in popular culture. If There’s Not Dancing uncovers the collective fantasies underneath these bodies, intervenes and explodes them into feminist confetti.
Present Company Live produced If There’s Not Dancing… at Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
Performance artist Conrad Coom’s outdoor interactive work combines his penchant for vintage suitcases with his chaotic approach to interactive art and theatre. Conrad’s baggage arrives at a location and must be moved with the help of the general public and his trusty porter, played by Ed Van Son. Once in situ, temporary creative installation ideas are crowd sourced and built, from mazes to turrets, the only limit is imagination.
The show is perfect for outdoor events and appeals to all ages. It has successfully played at Fringe festivals, Splore, Petone Settlers Festival and various other outdoor public events such as the 10 year celebration of Te Papa when the suitcases were delivered by helicopter to the waterfront!
Originally created in 2006, Hannah Clarke produced the 2009 season of Excess: The Suitcase Show at Auckland Fringe and AK Festival and it’s follow up performances, with Present Company taking on producer title from 2012.
Director and producer for Present Company Live, Hannah is has also run the NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington since 2011, growing the festival over 200% in her first five years, and offering mentoring to emerging producers since 2015.
Hannah has worked as a theatre director since graduating from Victoria University Wellington in 2006, creating dance theatre with acclaimed company Babyshads, musical theatre with band Rosy Tin Teacaddy, and most recently performance art theatre with Sherilee Kahui.
As an actor Hannah has worked professionally for entertainment companys, and independent theatre makers, making regular appearances in the political satire Public Service Announcements, and challenging roles with Hank of Thread and multiple independent productions.
Off stage Hannah has professional experience as a stage manager, lighting operator, and publicist, working on the World of Wearable Art through to improv marathons, and as a production manager for national tours.
As an arts facilitator Hannah ran the Luxembourg Garden Performing Arts Residency in Auckland and upskilled with accounting and business management courses.
Hannah is an active board member for Fringe in the ‘Stings, and trustee of Long Cloud Youth Theatre.
She is also a mother, previous Roller Derby all star team player, and ran The Pit Bar at BATS Theatre for three years.
A 2008 graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Massey University’s conjointly offered Bachelor of Performance Design, Jon Coddington promotes himself as a theatre designer and collaborator, puppeteer and puppet maker, illustrator, animator and sculptor. And Barista. Highlights include sell-out Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Adelaide, Perth, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit Puppet Fiction (2012-), a marionette homage to the movie Pulp Fiction; puppetry realization and design for Bats Theatre show Tinderbox (2011/12); and the manipulation and making of marionettes on the video for Fat Freddy's Drop's 'Clean The House'. Recently he has worked in screen puppetry with training by leading Muppeteer Peter Linz at Whoa Studios, created puppets for the New Zealand Arts Festival show 'The Devil's Half Acre', NZ Comedy Festival show 'Hand To God', and recently created puppets and performed in Silo theatre's 'Peter and the Wolf'
LIES LIES LIES
Gentle little lies.
Like when you said you'd definitely put the rubbish out on time.
Like when you said you were definitely at the Gathering in 2000.
Like when you said your phone went flat, so you didn't get any of the messages soz...
Be free of your lies. Submit them at @myfauxstory so they can be transformed into a field of lies. White lies that make all the difference.
A new work in association with Apple Box Brand, premiering in NZ Fringe 2019, with an installation at The Nectar Garden, 11 Hutchinson Road, Newtown, 21 to 24 March 2019.