Hope and Sons Funeral Directors — Feb 19, 2015

This new full length work will premiere at the Dunedin Fringe Festival, 12-14 March 2015 7pm at the Fortune Theatre Studio.

Dismemberment; amputation; whichever adjective you use, death is a severance that when experienced will leave a person forever changed.

With humour, poignancy and raw honesty, ‘Amputation of Personality’ explores the very real very turbulent experience of grief.

The Unity Creative presents an innovative multi disciplinary piece about grief and its universality to the human experience. Spanning the genres of theatre, dance and puppetry, all set to a soundtrack created live by a DJ/Producer ‘Amputation’ is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced the roller coaster of grief.

‘The death of a beloved is an amputation.’
- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Who is Involved:

Jodie Bate (Deviser/ Performer)

Having studied at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School and La Mancha School of Image and Gesture in Santiago, Chile, Jodie has enjoyed working in Theatre, dance and television both in New Zealand and Europe. 2009 saw Jodie solidify her passion in physical/dance theatre through a period of working with ‘Point Zero’, a company based in Oxford, UK with whom she travelled to France and Switzerland performing both solo and company devised works.

Prior to her time in Europe Jodie presented TV2’s ‘The Go Show’, she also contributed to script writing, puppetry and choreography for ‘The Go Show’, Kidzone and ‘What Now?’

Other highlights include four professional plays at Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre and a five month season of Michealanne Forster’s ‘The Great Storm of 1868’ in Oamaru. Jodie has also appeared in numerous Dance theatre productions with Scrambled Legs and Jolt Dance /Theatre companies.

Kristopher Bate (Director/ Producer/ Musician/ DJ)

Once described as one of the most versatile performers in New Zealand, Kristopher has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainments industry that now spans more than 22 years, beginning as a singer with a local touring road show.

Kristopher’s vast experience also includes more than 10 years in the club scene as a DJ and producer, a radio jock, a professional singer/songwriter, actor, and T.V. presenter.

Kristopher will be very familiar to theatre goers in Dunedin as a regular on the Fortune Theatre stage, and throughout the country with his performances in various productions such as The Rat Pack Returns Live and Fawlty Towers.


“Jodie Bate danced an exquisite portrayal of the stages of grief... Amputation of Personality was poignant and found its way into humour as well, as anyone has experienced loss will understand grief must do if we are to manage it.”

Reviewed by Hannah Malloy, 19 March 2014

“... Dancing and especially contemporary dancing is such a great way to express your feelings and Jodie Bate the dancer and choreographer of this act did it so well. It was about Grief and as a person who has lost many people in my life, I could really relate to it and completely understand what was going on. Amputation of Personality is a show I will not forget for awhile and would even go as far as to say it is the best thing I have seen since The Railway Man at the movies.-Deedee Fatale- Dunedin Fringe Festival ‘Framed’ Blog