A dark but beautiful puppetry epic which probes at the frightening and paralyzing truth of all things

The world is flat and you won’t convince me otherwise! And not only is it flat, it is a petri dish, and we are a colony of microbes. God is a 16 year old high school student and we are a mere experiment – a means to an end – and that end is an A+ in year 12 biology.”
Using bunraku-style puppetry and visual theatre, WAKE spans a spectrum which at one end is strikingly beautiful, and at the other is just plain bizarre. Writer and director Ben Anderson collaborates with an ensemble of puppeteers to explore the life and times of a conspiracy theorist whose beliefs, if correct, threaten life as we know it. Beautiful, funny, sad, and true, WAKE tenderly pulls at the tapestry thread and unravels the fear, philosophy and humanity behind misbelief, and the relational devastation it leaves in its wake.

“The People Who Play With Theatre are one of the few companies in Auckland consistently producing excellent devised theatrical works”
“if Pixar did theatre”

Content Warning: Strong reference to suicide

Wrtiten and Directed by Ben Anderson

Image by Darren Gill

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.