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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Second Afterlife

Written by Ralph McCubbin Howell Directed by Kerryn Palmer Dan has done it all – Facebook, Bebo, Warcraft, that unfortunate foray on NZDating. Profiles, used and deleted. Now he’s ready to reinvent himself. It’s time for a new profile. However, there’s a hitch. In order to forge a new identity, Dan has to face up to his internet history: the Bebo emo, Warcraft gamer, and NZDating casanova. They’re cooler, savvier, and shot from more flattering angles. And they’re not going down without a fight. Second Afterlife is a dark comedy about life (and death) in the digital age. Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, and in the tradition of Scott Pilgrim vs the World, it is a twisted allegory for the Facebook generation – a poetic, ass-kicking romp to the darkest corners of web. Part of the 2014 Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre See all three Festival shows with a season pass! You can see all three shows in one night, or spread them out over the season. $45 full price, $36 concession, $25 school groups. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book your season pass.

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Uncle Minotaur

Written by Dan Bain Directed by Sara Brodie There's a monster under my bed… Greta is a weird kid. The other girls don't like her, her Dad left, and her Mum won't get off the computer. When she starts seeing things that aren't there she has to make a choice - is she going to let all this ride or get brave and wreak some Greek classical carnage? From the writer of Gameplan (part of the 2012 Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre) comes a new drama about eye surgery, being brave and dealing with your monsters. Part of the 2014 Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre See all three Festival shows with a season pass! You can see all three shows in one night, or spread them out over the season. $45 full price, $36 concession, $25 school groups. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book your season pass.

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Man on the Verge

MAN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Eamonn Marra’s Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown returns after winning ’Best Wellington Newcomer’ award in the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was conceived one night at 4am during a very creative panic attack. Eamonn investigates life with anxiety. How anxiety can destroy, sustain or create relationships; get you addicted to the Internet; and make you ask all the right questions. What is wrong with this world? What is wrong with me? The answers are; ‘lots’ and ‘nothing’. This will be super inspirational.

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James Nokise: VIP

Before he begins his month long tour of the country, New Zealand's favourite Welsh Samoan brings his unique humorous take on New Zealand Politics to BATS. A show that looks at the parties, their histories, and policies, VIP (Voter Information Pack) is Politi-geek made easy. Following on from the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival hit, The Bronaissance, this is an in-depth look at the 5th most important* event of 2014: The New Zealand General Election. *In order: World cup, world cup, royal baby, final Hobbit film, election “fresh, cheeky and remarkably astute” Theatreview Part of #RaucousCaucus2014 - see two shows in this festival of political performance for just $30! Email book@bats.co.nz to book your two show pass.

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Our Parents Children

Written by Alex Lodge Directed by Erina Daniels Our Parents' Children is a gothic fairytale about a strange girl who thought she could rewrite the past - and the price that we all paid for it. Once there was a girl called Mary. Mary lived with her father. Mary's mother left when Mary was little, and all she had to remember her by was a lock of hair, kept in a golden necklace. Mary had a boyfriend, called Joe. Joe had ideas. And Mary had access to scientific equipment. And they both were very, very angry at the world. And as the saying goes, if you cannot inspire love, you can always cause fear. Part of the 2014 Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre See all three Festival shows with a season pass! You can see all three shows in one night, or spread them out over the season. $45 full price, $36 concession, $25 school groups. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book your season pass.

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Shadows of Algora

Join us on a journey every night, as your forge your destiny in the world of Algora. Choose from a range of champions each night and watch how you as an audience shape their journey, and the world based off the choices you make. Will you fall to your dark temptations? Or will righteousness prevail? Or will you remain in the crossroads, never truly choosing a side? This idea comes from a love of video games, role playing games, pick a path stories, and a passion, which we want to share with the world in the form of theatre. Come and play in a game for you and friends! Gather your wits and steel your hearts, for dragons are coming and darkness is near.

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Take Back the Hood

Red Riding Hood explores, reclaims and liberates her “story” in this one-woman, adults-only, modern retelling. In a world of victim blaming, ACC’s mental-injury-proving, slut-walks and Twilight, how has our post-wolf Red managed to cope? Armed with a keyboard, microphone and metaphor, she’s spreading the truth of her tale to the masses. Are you ready to be liberated? “Grim, funny, brilliantly wicked… in fact I enjoy pretty well everything about Take Back the Hood.” - Terry MacTavish, Theatreview “Humorous, clever, and brave” - Lori Leigh, Theatreview Nominated for Best Solo Show, New Zealand Fringe Festival, 2013

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PSA: Election Special

A burst of political satire right in the middle of the campaigns, the No Fefe Collective present 2014's Public Service Announcements: Election Special. This is the one we've been waiting for - especially the writers - because this may just be the craziest election of all time. Can satire trump reality? Who will win on the night? Can a clear victor emerge? Or will the fate of the nation, as always, rest with one man… Written by James Nokise, Simon Leary and Thom Adams Directed by Anya Tate-Manning Starring all of your most (and least) favourite politicians “clever and contemporary... madcap, manic, madness” Theatreview “too much laughter” The Dominion Post Part of #RaucousCaucus2014 - see two shows in this festival of political performance for just $30. Email book@bats.co.nz to book your two show pass.

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Banging Cymbal

BANGING CYMBAL CLANGING GONG A wake up call for those who have fallen asleep, and a call to arms for those who have given up the fight. Jo Randerson returns to the stage, just in time for the election, as a savage and wild barbarian, raging her way through the injustices of the world. Includes gruesome battle renditions, piano recitals of Bach and readings of Robert Frost. Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong is the founding theatrical cornerstone of Barbarian Productions and is at BATS for two nights only. “A weirdly fascinating look at love and redemption through the eyes of a Bach-playing punk... Illuminates the wilfulness and grace of acting on behalf of those despised and rejected by the world.” The Dominion Post Part of #RaucousCaucus2014 - see two shows in this festival of political performance for just $30! Email book@bats.co.nz to book your two show pass.

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Marx In Soho

Karl Marx is back! For a limited time only at BATS! Featuring the big man himself, Marx in Soho is Howard Zinn's "play on history”. After agitating his way out of the afterlife for a chance to “clear his name”, Marx is ready to let rip, and flies between stories of his family, his contemporaries, his theories and his thoughts on today’s world. Directed by Sarita So Starring Anya Tate-Manning “Anya Tate-Manning’s portrayal of Marx is exceptional” Theatreview Part of #RaucousCaucus2014 - see two shows in this festival of political performance for just $30. Email book@bats.co.nz to book your two show pass.

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Riddiford Street: Season 3

The show that first brought PlayShop’s unmatchable grace to BATS returns with a brand new season of unscripted lust and intrigue. And medicine. Is Lucian Carlson really dead? What did Crystal Fox the urologist bring back from Foxton? Where in the world is Dr Swanson? And who will replace the actors that left to work on Shortland Street? Critics are calling Season 3 the best Riddiford Street yet. See one show or see many, but whatever you do, don’t stream it from home. $10 student special on Wednesday 10th September! Email book@bats.co.nz or arrive at the Box Office on the night with your student ID to get your ticket.