SUBTEXTS is a series of three unique nights of storytelling, collaboration and discussions inspired by the stories and themes in the 2015 Q Presents season...'

The second night is...

Compounds and Collisions

The Pantograph Punch, in collaboration with Q Theatre, presents Compounds and Collisions, the second instalment in a three-part series of events that showcase the hidden treasures of Auckland’s creative scene.

Compounds and Collisions slings together an unlikely mix of theatre, poetry, comedy, music and prose to form a curated sampler of artistic delights. 

This installment features poems by Jess Holly Bates and Tourettes, a performance by 2015 Billy T winner Hamish Parkinson, readings by novelist Sue Orr and playwright Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu and Tui-award-winning music by Great North’s Hayden Donnell.

Please note: Compounds and Collisions is a one-night-only event and tickets for this are limited.

The Pantograph Punch are dedicated to offering a low-priced ticket option to ensure their events are as accessible to as many people as possible.  However, as a charitable trust, they rely on donations to help pay their writers (who write damn good pieces), so if you’d like to support the work they do, we encourage you to add a donation onto your ticket.


Jess Holly Bates is a Pakeha performer, writer, artist and theatre-maker with a will to make work that is articulate, human and necessary. Her collection of poetry, Real Fake White Dirt, has toured London and Edinburgh Fringe and was awarded the Best Writing Award at the 2015 NZ Fringe. Jess is currently writing The Nipple Show, set to debut in 2016, and later this year she travels to Brisbane to write and perform at the Asia Pacific Triennale with international artist collective The SaVAge K'lub. She will be reading two poems: one classic hit and one that's hot off the press

Dominic Hoey aka Tourettes is a poet, author, and musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. Under the Tourettes moniker, Dominic has released four critically acclaimed studio albums. In a former life he was a MC battle and slam poetry champion. In 2012, Dominic was accepted into the N.E.S artists residency in Iceland where he completed his first novel, Iceland, which is due for release later this year through Steele Roberts.


Sue Orr has published two award-winning short story collections. She is completing a PhD in Creative Writing via Victoria University and also reviews for The Listener. Sue's first novel, The Party Line, was published this month. She'll be reading an excerpt from the novel - and this will be its first airing post-launch.



Hamish Parkinson is a multi-award wining scriptwriter and performer who originates from Christchurch where he worked heavily with The Court Jesters (devising, performing and directing a variety of shows). He attended Canterbury University Fine Arts School specialising in filmmaking, and has a Masters in Scriptwriting from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Hamish is the Billy T Award Winner for 2015, and will be performing a new work.


Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu is an Auckland based actor and writer. When she's not working creatively, Josephine is a research assistant to Marilyn Waring. She enjoys storytelling, animals, Japanese sweets, and filthy vodka martinis. Josephine will be giving a sneak peek of her new play, The Black, a dark comedy about modern depression, as told through theatre, animation, live illustration and a literal horse.


Great North are a folk band with a bit of Bruce Springsteen-inspired Americana thrown in. The band is centred around husband-and-wife duo Hayden and Rachel Donnell. The band have released three albums, two of which - Halves and Up In Smoke - won Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards. Great North will be playing one old song and one very new song.