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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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. Almost every Friday night from July through September at 9.00pm. See dates below to mark your calendars and book your tickets! From July we're introducing a group price of $13 for groups of 6+. If a night is booked out, you can always try your luck on the waitlist! Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. 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. Access to The Studio 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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Live Orgy

Written and performed by Freya Desmarais Directed by 2014 Billy T nominee Brendon Green "Live Orgy asks us to fap for freedom and liberate ourselves from any guilt or shame." - The Lumiere Reader Ex-Wellington ex-Sydney ex-girlfriend comedian Freya Desmarais’ award-winning feminist tour de vulva through sex education, consent and rape culture was the absolute climax of this year’s Auckland Fringe. Through the joys of rap music, gun play, talking about masturbation with Catherine Delahunty and a re-enactment of female ejaculation, Desmarais bugles a new era of sex-positive sex education. Did we mention there's a giant vulva? “One of the loudest and most interesting voices in our comedy scene.” - Joseph Harper, Pantograph Punch. "Raw, exceptionally high energy, cutting edge comedy – Freya Desmarais, you are a treat." - Express Magazine “I roared with laughter” - Madicattt.com “Brilliant… genius” - Theatreview #1 Fringiest Moment, Auckland Fringe 2015, Metro Magazine Email book@bats.co.nz to book your Double Ya Desmarais Special Deal two show pass for Live Orgy and Home (playing from 6 - 8 August at BATS). Full price $30, concession $25. Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. Live Orgy 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 Watercooler

The Watercooler is a platform for people from all walks to tell their stories, both true and imagined, in front of a live audience. The storytellers are given a simple brief to share a story, whether based on real-life experiences or entirely fictional. Inspired by many well-known storytelling events and podcasts held worldwide, such as The Moth or This American Life, host Alice Brine will bring to Wellington what creator Sarah Finnigan - Walsh started in Auckland. The Watercooler gives writers and anecdotists from all backgrounds the chance to share their tales. Held in The Studio at BATS, the event is a platform for the speakers to demonstrate their skills in the craft of storytelling and exhibit how a simple story can be a fantastic form of entertainment. For the latest news and details of upcoming events, join us on The Watercooler Facebook page and sign up for our newsletter. Show duration is approximately one hour. The Watercooler takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Access to The Studio 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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Moose Murders

Moose Murders is widely considered to be the world's worst play. This atrocity, penned by Arthur Bicknell, opened and closed on Broadway on the same night. The time now is ripe for a revival. Come along, heckle, laugh and bask in this truly terrible piece of theatre. Show duration is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Moose Murders 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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Measure for Measure

"The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?" Vienna needs a saviour. In a city where prisons, convents and brothels are policed by a corrupt regime, one woman is tested beyond measure. Will Isabella save her brother's life? Will feminism win? Will Shakespeare's most problematic play have a happy ending? $10 Student Night Wednesday 2 September, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately 120 minutes including an interval. Measure for Measure 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 so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Knifed

knifed /n??f/ verb. 1. Contradicting your teammate. Will lose the debate. 2. Using a knife on. Especially to stab. Hook-ups, fuck-ups, booze, politics, gossip, manipulation and some healthy betrayal - and that's just at first affirmative. Welcome to the National University Debating Championships. Come meet our best and brightest. The award-winning Making Friends Collective presents a provocative new comedy by Adam Goodall (Rageface). $10 Student Night Wednesday 9 and Wednesday 16 September, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately 80 minutes including an interval. Knifed 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 so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Cleanskin

Looking at her skin, Arianna can see her mistakes tattooed across her body. Trapped in a life that is slowly turning into a nightmare, Arianna battles for communication and companionship, all the while dreaming about a new life that has presented itself to her. Cleanskin is presented by The Making Friends Collective in collaboration with NotreVie. $10 Student Night Wednesday 5 August, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. Cleanskin 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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Home

Home / The Hilarious Comedy About How I Nearly Killed Myself / A Play About How I Nearly Died But Didn't Then Learned A Lot About Life Afterward  Written and performed by Freya Desmarais Featured in "Best of Wellington Theatre 2013" - The Lumiere Reader WINNER Social Impact Special Award Auckland Fringe 2015 (for Live Orgy) A Wellington story, Home is the hilarious and heartwarming autobiographical tale of Freya Desmarais’ battle with suicidal depression. Coming from seasons all over New Zealand, Home speaks honestly about the experience of suicidal depression with infectious humour, warmth and hope. “Freya Desmarais is hilarious. Absolute comedy gold. … Home is a tight piece of writing, delivered with gusto and honesty by a young woman who is at the beginning of a very promising career. Freya Desmarais is definitely one to watch. ” - Theatreview "Absolutely on-point... impeccable comic timing" - Dunedin Fringe Blog "Profound - and profoundly funny... Honest, brave, hilarious, touching, Home is a remarkable theatre piece to experience" - James Wenley, Auckland TheatreScenes "Mind-blowingly good" - Laura McQuillan, Wotzon.com Email book@bats.co.nz to book your Double Ya Desmarais Special Deal two show pass for Home and Live Orgy (playing from 11 - 15 August at BATS). Full price $30, concession $25. Show duration is approximately one hour. Home takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Access to The Studio 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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A Stage of One's Own

Four fresh-in-the-field talentresses: Lily della Porta, Sabrina Martin, Jody Burrell and Bea Joblin take one direction each in the compass of contemporary gender splendour! It's a fiery fourtet made of distinguishable quarters, curated by Pat-A-Cake Productions to celebrate our grey-area generation and to open a dialogue that's wider than the current gender pay gap. $10 Student Night Wednesday 19 August, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately 80 minutes. A Stage of One's Own 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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Loose Return Season

LOOSE: A PRIVATE HISTORY OF BOOZE & IGGY POP 1996-2015 A limited return season for the winner of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival Best Stand-up & Best Writing awards. Then it's going to Sydney (Australia). Drugs, Whanganui, fast cars, the search for meaning, National Radio, panini and Raw Power. "Startling in its perfectly ordinary wonderfulness" - Theatreview. Show duration is approximately one hour. Loose takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Access to The Studio 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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The Dark Room Returns

Back for two nights only! Have you ever seen a dark room… or ever been inside one? Patrick Godinet presents The Dark Room - a nostalgic and introspective journey that focuses on the relationship and struggle between one’s mind and one’s self. The Hip-Hop based choreographer re-awakens an awareness and appreciation for the Art of Movement, pushing the boundaries of storytelling through one of the most fiercely emotive dance styles. "All 14 dancers are energetic, focused and display some smooth moves." - The Dominion Post Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. The Dark Room 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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Suddenly! A Musical

PlayShop brings Broadway to BATS! Watch as a brand new Webber musical is created before your ears. Will we sing a doomed romance? Will history be brought to funky life? Or will weird personified things serenade us all? You decide! $10 Student Night Wednesday 26 August, 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. Suddenly! A Musical 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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Stutterpop

Stutterpop is one part Elaine Stritch, one part Nicki Minaj, one part Porky Pig and a whole lot of lip-syncing. It marks the performance debut of award-winning playwright and stutterer Sam Brooks, as he learns to accept and embrace his flaws, And You Can Too! $10 Student Night Wednesday 2 September, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. Stutterpop 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 so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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All Ears

Join Brussels-based Kiwi Kate McIntosh in her ad-hoc laboratory for a series of unusual acoustic experiments. All Ears is an offbeat journey through a diverse landscape of ideas: human and animal behaviour, crowd control and linguistics, politics and group dynamics, maps of birds and traffic jams, systems and social interactions. Show duration is approximately 80 minutes including an interval. All Ears 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 so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.