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Head Writer: Victoria Abbott
Researchers: Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw
Devisers: Victoria Abbott, Jackie Shaw, Kate McGill, Liz Carpenter, Alana Kelly, Frith Horan, Emma Draper and Taylor Hall
Director: Kate McGill
a new Documentary Theatre Project
presented by Bare Hunt Collective

at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
From 24 Jan 2012 to 28 Jan 2012

Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch
From 20 Jun 2012 to 23 Jun 2012

The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Dec 2012 to 8 Dec 2012

Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton
14 Aug 2014

4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth
19 Aug 2014

Reviewed by:  John SmytheLaurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times); Lindsay ClarkRobert GilbertStephen AustinMatt Baker (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog); Mark HoulahanHolly Shanahan;

The Premiere of MUNTED @  BATS Theatre:  a testament to the human spirit.


In their next offering after back/words, Bare Hunt Collective brings you MUNTED, a documentary theatre project exploring the experience of the February 22nd Christchurch Earthquake. This piece of theatre is edited together from interviews with reporters and the community, it's a local tale told with humour and Kiwi honesty.

Share stories of loss, home and the shifting perspectives of what really matters. Connecting Christchurch with Wellington, the community who experienced it through the media and/or loved ones, MUNTED finds laughter amongst grief and a strengthened community in the heart of the shaken city.

Documentary/Verbatim theatre gives audience a more immediate, authentic performance than the common fictional piece. Because this piece is specifically made from and for a recent event in New Zealand history, the objective of the work is to create a discussion with the community.

While Bare Hunt Collective are a new company, they have proven success. Their first show as a collective back/words premiered at BATS Theatre as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival in 2010.

They went on to be chosen out of 88 shows as ‘'Pick of the Fringe Festival'', which meant a professional season at Downstage Theatre. Reviews from back/words:

A series of vignettes that are intriguing, humorous, and really quite moving…unusual and interesting…I cannot wait to see what the Bare Hunt Collective will do next.'' –Hannah Smith, Theatreview.

'The honesty and depth of feeling they bring to the piece and their ability to portray the personae of each of the interviews makes this compelling theatre.'' – Ewan Coleman, The Dominion Post.

Performers and co founders of Bare Hunt Collective are Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw, both graduates of the Otago University Theatre department where they studied Documentary Theatre together. Victoria, a Christchurch native, has graduated last year from Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School and recently trained with master-teacher Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Jackie recently studied at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City.

Director Kate McGill, Designer Liz Carpenter and Production Manager Alana Kelly are graduates from Toi Whakaari in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

A percentage (5%) of ticket sales will be given back to the Christchurch Community.

 BATS Theatre
from Tuesday 24th –Saturday 28th January 2012
Waged $18/Unwaged $13/Groups 6+ $14

To Book: or call 04 802 4175   


“Powerful and Humane, yet often Humorous” John Smythe, Theatreview

After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in Wellington in January 2012, Bare Hunt Collective is touring to the city they wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in January of this year Bare Hunt Collective is set to tour to the city we wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in January of this year Bare Hunt Collective is set to tour to the city we wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.

I truly believe MUNTED is a show as many New Zealanders as possible should see. This earthquake didn't just affect the people of Christchurch…it affected us all. We all felt their grief, their stories. This play is phenomenal and Bare Hunt's almost sold-out Wellington season proves this is something we want to see” Matt Mclean, TVNZ Journalist.

This piece is specifically made from and for a recent event in New Zealand history, the objective of the work is to value and encourage story-telling in the community.

Bare Hunt Collective is a new company with proven success. Their first show back/words premiered at BATS Theatre Wellington as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2010. Back/words was chosen from 88 shows as a Pick of the Fringe Festival and awarded a professional season at Downstage Theatre Wellington.

Downstage showcased Bare Hunt Collective's last piece of verbatim theatre in 2010 as part of our Pick of the Fringe programme.  We have noticed the company develop in style and execution over that time. Theatre has great capacity to heal, educate and challenge communities and is particularly relevant in the face of national tragedy” – Hilary Beaton, CEO of Downstage

Bare Hunt Collective is Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw, both graduates of the Otago University Theatre department. Writer and actor Victoria, a Christchurch native and Toi Whakaari graduate 2011 was getting up to train with Philippe Gaulier in Paris when she heard about the quake. Producer and actor Jackie, who studied at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City was on the internet in an office in Wellington February 22nd. Actor Frith Horan, currently in her 2nd year of training at Toi Whakaari was at Te Whaea building in Wellington hosting new students on the 22nd. Director Kate McGill, a graduate of Toi Whakaari 2009, was at the airport in Auckland when the quake hit Christchurch.

The Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch 
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd June, 7pm. 
Bookings: email  

AUCKLAND December 2012 

With acclaimed seasons already in Wellington (selling out BATS Theatre), Dunedin, Queenstown, Wanaka and, of course, Christchurch, Bare Hunt Collective finally arrives in Auckland with their acclaimed verbatim documentary, Munted, at The Basement Theatre studio from December 4th.

The three skilled actors are able to showcase their characters without costumes or special effects, each comfortably slipping from one persona to another with great dexterity” -- Robert Gilbert. 

MUNTED plays 
December 4th – 8th, 7:00pm  
The Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD 
Tickets: $16 - $20*booking fees may apply 
Bookings through iTicket – or 09 361 1000 

ARTS ON TOUR NEW ZEALAND Itinerary – August 2014: 

Freshly back from a four week Season in Hollywood, Bare Hunt Collective is carrying out a three week NZ tour of MUNTED, beginning 10th August. 

KAITAIA: Sunday 10 August @ 2pm
Little Theatre
Te Ahu, Kaitaia
$20 Adult; $5 Secondary; $2 Primary
Book tickets at: Finders Kaitaia; i-Site; Te Ahu;
Doubtless Bay Information Centre Mangonui 

THAMES: Tuesday 12 August @ 7.30pm
Kauaeranga Hall
$20 general and Koha for students
Book tickets: Txt or phone Lisa 021 078 8675 or at Lotus Realm, the northern end of Polland Street. 

WHITIANGA: Wednesday 13 August @ 7pm
The Monkey House Theatre
Coghill st, Whitianga
Book tickets at: Paper Plus Whitianga 

HAMILTON: Thursday 14 August @ 7.30pm
Playhouse Theatre
 Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts<br /> University of Waikato
$28; $22 Seniors and Unwaged; $10 Students;
$60 subscription for 3 shows
Book tickets at:  

TAURANGA: Friday 15 August @ 7.30pm
Baycourt X Space
$22-$25 plus Booking fees
Book tickets at: Baycourt Box office or 

WHAKATANE: Saturday 16 August @ 7.30pm
Whakatane Little Theatre
$18 (early bird until 31 July) $20 Adult;
$10 Student primary or secondary
Book tickets at: The Good Life on the Strand Whakatane 

HAVELOCK NORTH: Sunday 17 August @ 7.30pm
Nelson Theatre
Keirunga Gardens, Havelock North
$26 Adults; $24 Seniors; $20 Students
Book tickets at: HBS Bank or 

NEW PLYMOUTH: Tuesday 19 August @ 7.30pm
4th Wall Theatre
New Plymouth
$35 Adults;$30 Concessions
Book tickets at: 

UPPER HUTT: Wednesday 20 August @ 8pm
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
Upper Hutt
Book tickets at: 

MAPUA: Friday 22 August 8pm Dinner from 6pm
The Playhouse Café
Book tickets at: The Playhouse Café and Everyman records 

CHRISTCHURCH: Saturday 23 August @ 7pm
Design and Arts College of NZ
35 Acheron Drive, Riccarton, Christchurch
$24 Adults; $20 Students and Seniors
Book tickets at: Door sales or book: 

AKAROA: Sunday 24 August @ 8pm
Boat Sheds
Book tickets at: Akaroa Museum or Dale Thomas on ph 304 8900 

ASHBURTON: Wednesday 27 August @ 7.30pm
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
Book tickets at: Box Office or 

TWIZEL: Thursday 28 August @ 7.30pm
Events Centre
$20 Adults; $10 Students
Book tickets at: Twizel Information Centre and Mackenzie Lotto Plus 

QUEENSTOWN: Friday 29 August 7pm
Arrowtown Hall
Book tickets from Lakes District Museum and door sales on the night. For those only able to book in Queenstown, please contact Jan Maxwell at the council. 

INVERCARGILL: Saturday 30 August @ 7.30pm
SIT Centrestage Theatre
Don St, Invercargill
Book tickets at: Ticketdirect or Cue TV 

GORE: Sunday 31 August @ 7.30pm
The Little theatre
$25 adults; $20 Seniors and Students (booking fees apply)
Book tickets at :SBS St James Theatre or via


Performers: Victoria Abbott, Jackie Shaw and Frith Horan

Producer: Jackie Shaw
Production Manager: Alana Kelly
Set/Costume Designer: Liz Carpenter
Lighting Design: Janis Cheng
Sound Design: Alana Kelly

Credits 2014: 
With Jackie Shaw, Victoria Abbott and Frith Horan
Producer: Jackie Shaw
Technical Manager: Ashlyn Smyth
Sound Design: Thomas Press
Photography: Julia Johnstone