BATS Theatre

About BATS Theatre

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Inspired people, new ideas, innovation and exciting performance are the lifeblood of theatre practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

BATS Theatre’s Purpose/Kaupapa is to provide a supportive, professional and accessible theatre venue that fosters the development of practitioners, audiences and New Zealand performance work.

BATS theatre is a presenter venue staging an annual programme to its audience. Our programme aims to develop live performance practitioners, audiences and new theatre works from Aotearoa New Zealand, presenting the best of cutting edge and experimental theatre from New Zealand and overseas. Many of these works go on tour and become national hits and even if the shows don’t continue on, the actors, writers, producers, designers and directors do.

As a presenting venue we are reliant on co-operatives wanting to produce works at BATS. These co-operatives are driven by artists, producers and already established theatre companies who submit scripts or proposals for us to consider in our programming.

Fundamental to BATS is the maintenance of low ticket prices and a share/risk policy between the theatre & co operatives which ensures that we remain New Zealand’s most accessible professional theatre for both audiences and practitioners – we want going to the Theatre to be as easy and accessible as going to the movies!

Ticket prices average around: $15 to $20 for waged persons, and $12 to $15 for unwaged persons.

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Current Shows

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Fly Or Die

Hamish Parkinson Hamish will attempt to become the greatest comedian of all time within an hour, or fail in a blaze of glory. Watch him as he spins the wheel of his fortune determining what kind of comedian he’ll become. Watch him beg for your mercy. Watch him succeed to heights he’s never imagined, or fall like he never wished he would. “Hamish Parkinson, in a word, is brilliant” – Theatreview.org.nz Billy T nominee 2015, NZICF Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $12 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Fly Or Die takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Spyfinger!

My Accomplice With more class than Bond, more action than Bourne and more laughs than Powers, this high-energy, low-fi, hyper-theatrical romp has all you want in espionage action: Gadgets! Guns! Sex! Ennui! Explosions! Alcoholism! Chases! Problematic attitudes towards women! My Accomplice, Wellington’s favourite theatre wunderkids that blew Comedy Fest minds last year with A Show About Superheroes, are back! “Comic genius” – Theatreview.org.nz “Achingly funny” – Capital Times Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Spyfinger! takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Discover Ben Target

Ben Target A maelstrom of award-winning visual comedy, audacious high jinks and unforgettable audience molestation from this critically acclaimed absurdist sensation. “This is the sort of mad experience - ‘show’ doesn’t seem to be quite the right word – that ought to be part of everyone’s fringe” – Chortle.co.uk “This highly physical performer is a true original and a legend in the making” – The Guardian Best Newcomer nominee 2012, Edinburgh Fringe Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Discover Ben Target takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Pretending Things Are A Cock

Jon Bennet Jon Bennett returns to Wellington with his award-winning show of over 300 pretend cocks! A cult hit at festivals around the world and a unique stand-up experience, Pretending Things Are A Cock is part photographic display, part pot-holed journey into an artist’s idiosyncratic world. Winner – Critics Pick 2014, San Diego Fringe 4 x Just For Laughs Montreal Best Comedy nominee “Bennett is the patron saint of storytelling” – 5 Stars, Broadway Baby, UK Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Pretending Things Are A Cock takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Force Norman

Nick Gibb and Rhys Mathewson New Zealand, 1975: Espionage. Blackmail. Explosions. Good dialogue. Throwing knives. Polar Bears. A Prime Minister with everything to gain. A covert military force with nothing to do. A cat-and-mouse game of duck-duck-goose. The dice are loaded and the jokers wild. Whatever you do, don’t give the dice to the jokers. Not after what happened last time. A two-man, comedy action spectacular written and performed by Billy T Award Winners Nick Gibb and Rhys Mathewson. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Force Norman takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Head Goes Bang

Jamie Bowen Following last year’s Fred Award nominated show, Heart Goes Boom, Jamie returns with the next instalment of his existential midlife crisis. If you’ve ever wondered about anything, then this is the show for you. This is the ponderings of a man who spends his life pondering things. And making up dick jokes about them. Winner – Best Show Heart Goes Boom 2014, NZ Comedy Guild Awards “Honestly one of New Zealand’s greatest stand ups” – TVNZ Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Head Goes Bang takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Turning Another Page

Gabriel Page and Lucy Edwards Lucy and Gabriel are both parents, they each have a son, who happens to be the same person. Everyday parents make tough decisions. Blue walls or gender neutral?! They’ll join forces to delve into those hilariously trivial but apparently life-dominating decisions. They are tired nervous wrecks. Lucy is a full-time mum and part-time optimist. She always manages to find the positive side to a life that’s now quite literally full of s**t. Gabriel takes a fair, but often cynical look at parenthood. Sometimes he even breaks into song. Like his his father before him, he’s Turning Another Page. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Turning Another Page takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Comic Or Poet?

Oliver Crafter, Michael Gray and Joel Hansby Ever wondered where the lines cross within stand-up and poetry? Some comedy could be considered disorganised poetry, while some poetry could be over thought one-liners. Join a mixture of comics and poets as they try to tackle both arts. Featuring Oliver Crafter, Michael Gray (Winner, Nightline’s 2013 Limerick Death Match, 3rd in the 2013 NZ Poetry Slam final) and Joel Hansby (2013 Wellington Raw Comedy Finalist). Comic Or Poet? will see life experiences performed in both stand-up and poetry – will they crack you up or will you enjoy a night of poetic meaning? Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Show duration is approximately one hour. Comic Or Poet? takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time.

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Respite - A Monologue

Eamonn Marra Do you remember first reading Catcher in the Rye and thinking ‘wow Holden Caulfield is just like me’, then later thinking ‘wow Holden Caulfield is an idiot’? Respite is a story about one week in 2011 when I overthought everything and ended up in a Mental Health Respite Centre. Winner – Best Newcomer Wellington 2014, NZICF Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Show duration is approximately one hour. Respite - A Monologue takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time.

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Lysistrata Previews

Just as your buddy John sends more NZ soldiers to Iraq to liberate America’s oil, your pals The Bacchanals return to BATS with Aristophanes’ timeless tale of the women of Athens finding the perfect resolution to international conflict: no more sex until men end all wars! Comedy! Politics! Satire! Priapism! Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. Lysistrata takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office if you have accessibility requirements.

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Wings

A lot can happen in ten years: a lot of things to hurt... a lot of things to hide. Three sisters leading very different lives are thrown together on the road to their mother’s funeral - and the proverbial hits the very large fan. Wings picks the audience up and hurtles them forward on a non-stop roller coaster road trip through hilariously familiar familial bickering, awkward moments, and childish games - to the breathtaking fallout that no one is ready for. A drama by award-winning NZ playwright Jess Sayer. Directed by Tabitha Arthur Cast: Victoria Seymour, Hannah Botha, Lydia Buckley. $10 Student Night Wednesday 27 May, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately one hour. Wings takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Not In Our Neighbourhood

Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, has been invited to the Women’s Refuge to follow some of their clients in a bid to raise awareness about domestic violence. On her journey she discovers that domestic violence comes in all different shapes and sizes and that situations are more complicated than she first thought. Written and Directed by Jamie McCaskill Performed by Kali Kopae Presented by Tikapa Productions Part of the Ahi Kaa AK Festival 2015: Bold theatre. Fresh dance. Mana Maori. Ahi Kaa. See www.akfestival.com for more information. Show duration is approximately one hour. Not In Our Neighbourhood takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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PlayShop LIVE

Fast and loose theatre from nothing! LIVE is PlayShop’s flagship show, late-night improvised comedy without limits: fast, physical, and unpredictable. A team of 4 skilled actors and a musician create spontaneous theatre with nothing but each other, the audience, and their fiendish imaginations. Don’t bother coming prepared (we haven’t), grab a drink and jump into the abyss. A night with us is completely unique and feels like a party with the quickest, loveliest, naughtiest actors you’ll meet. Friday nights at 9.00pm. (Thursday 2nd April before Easter weekend, and PlayShop LIVE will take a break during the NZ International Comedy Festival from 28th April - 16th May) From Theatreview: “This was a fun, fun night of entertainment and I can’t wait to go again.” “... side-splittingly funny.” “... a very fun house party surrounded by hilarious friends.” “... an absolutely heartening and enjoyably energetic 60 minutes.” Find PlayShop on Facebook! And Twitter! Show duration is approximately one hour. PlayShop LIVE takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time. Please contact the BATS Box Office if you have any other accessibility queries.

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Glocknid (Dwarf Warrior)

Glocknid is a fierce and formidable dwarf warrior. She has fought dragons that shoot fire out of their eyeballs and other scary stuff, like orcs. Glocknid’s hobbies include fighting people and fatally stabbing them. Tonight, Glocknid (dwarf warrior), is going to perform some stand-up comedy. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Glocknid (Dwarf Warrior) takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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PSA: Who Dunne It?

The mysterious disappearance of Peter Dunne threatens to plunge the National Government into chaos! Who’s responsible? Who will step forward in the inevitable Ohariu by-election? Why won’t Winston stop laughing? Wellington’s premier source of political satire, Public Service Announcements, returns with all your beloved politicians to shake up The Beehive. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. PSA: Who Dunne It? takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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Terrible Ideas

A rotating line-up of guest performers present their worst, wildest and weirdest comedy ideas. The kind of ideas they might have woken up and written down at 2am, but rejected in the cold light of day as too odd, too ambitious or incomprehensible. Hosts and curators, Jarrod Baker and Jonny Potts, unearth comedy nuggets no one has seen before, and no one may ever see again. A different show every night. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration approximately one hour. Terrible Ideas takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.

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The Rite of Spring (2013)

The Rite of Spring (2013) explores the seduction and irresistibility of dancing - to death - in play and display with the public. It takes The Rite of Spring (1913) of Vaslav Nijinsky, the mythical absent choreography, and its subsequent numerous versions of the last 100 years as the frame of reference. Dialoguing with the history of dance and reexamining the contemporary ceremony in the community of theatre, The Rite of Spring (2013) is a work that puts to test the meaning and the role of dance, sacrifice, pleasure, and death. Dance we do, and dance we must. Between life and death this is an event without general rehearsal. Concept and performance: Min Kyoung Lee & João dos Santos Martins Special guests: Chris Jannides and Melanie Hamilton Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. The Rite of Spring (2013) takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements. The touring of The Rite of Spring (2013) is made possible with the support and collaboration of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Consulate General of Portugal in Sydney, Unitec Department of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland, Allen Hall/Theatre Studies of the University of Otago, and BATS Theatre in Wellington.

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Lysistrata

Just as your buddy John sends more NZ soldiers to Iraq to liberate America’s oil, your pals The Bacchanals return to BATS with Aristophanes’ timeless tale of the women of Athens finding the perfect resolution to international conflict: no more sex until men end all wars! Comedy! Politics! Satire! Priapism! Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. Lysistrata takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office if you have accessibility requirements.

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Success

Carl, Jules and Derek are stand up comedians. Starting out in Auckland, they shared dreams, ideas, and a flat, convinced they were changing the world with every laugh they could elicit. And then Carl went and did something stupid. He moved to America, and made it big. Now, ten years later, he’s back; and this time it’s because he’s possibly done something even more unforgivable. Under siege from the media, these three men will have to confront their pasts, their resentments, their friendship (or what’s left of it), and the ramifications of success. This new comedy by Stephen Sinclair (Ladies Night, The Bach, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers) explores themes of betrayal, plagiarism, the tall-poppy syndrome, and the price of fame. A mix of drama, standup comedy and theatrical commentary, Success takes an all-too-believable premise and turns it into a black comedy about jealousy, redemption and the fine line between genius and madness. Featuring Jeremy Elwood (7 Days, The Slapdash Assassin), Stephen Papps (The End of the Golden Weather, Blowing It) and John Glass (Agent Anna, The Pitmen Painters), Success will have its world premiere season at BATS before a short season at The Basement Theatre in Auckland. Show duration is approximately 120 minutes including an interval. Success takes place in The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre. The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements.