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Written and produced by Mike Borgfeldt
presented by Eight Foot Badger


at Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Auckland
From 19 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Norelle Scott;


The debate between science and religion will be explored as never before in Auckland this summer, when a unique production will be held at the Ponsonby Baptist Church as part of the Auckland Fringe 2013.

Taking place from February 19 to 23, the play, The Uncertainty Principle, asks the big questions of who we are and why we're here, and according to writer and producer Mike Borgfeldt, offers plenty of surprises for believers and non-believers alike.

“I didn't want to preach to the converted,” Borgfeldt says.

“I wanted to challenge both sides, put up the evidence for and against as best I could and see what happened.”

Even so, Borgfeldt says when he and director Luke Thornborough were first discussing possible venues, they never thought a church would have the courage to make their venue available for the work.

“We originally wanted a University lecture theatre,” Borgfeldt says.

“Auckland Uni turned us down but we still really wanted to find somewhere unique, so I asked the Ponsonby Baptist Church as kind of a Hail Mary. I couldn't believe it when they said yes.”

The church takes pride in its philosophy of challenging the status quo.

It is led by a woman minister, Jody Kilpatrick, and described on its website as ‘a refuge for people who need to express doubts as well as certainties, and who are looking for practical ways of working out their faith'.

As for the play, Borgfeldt promises that despite the heavy themes audiences will still have lots of fun.

“The main character Jess is thrown into it all from a position of knowing nothing about science or religion, and her scepticism about both is really the heart of the play.

“Plus there's torture, love, lust, murder, revenge – a lot like the bible, really.”

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

19th – 23rd February, 8pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby