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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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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Scene

Scene is a documentary performance that explores New Zealand's LGBT/Queer/Gay culture. We've interviewed people across the country from all walks of life - including lecturers, politicians, students, and retired farmers. Hear accounts from New Zealand's early Gay Rights Liberation through to contemporary young people's LGBT activism and support. Using contemporary theatre making techniques at the forefront of the industry, this is an honest and forthright portrayal of one of modern society's most marginalised but powerful communities. Collected over the course of six months, three artists travelled throughout New Zealand to record accounts that come before you, word for word. Interviews collected by Alayne Dick, Daniel Goodwin and Jess Green Directed by Jess Green $10 Student Night 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 90 minutes. Scene 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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The Quiet Room

Marianne's turning sixteen and wants to celebrate. But she's dying of cancer. The Quiet Room explores the ethics of medical treatment: who knows what’s best for the patient? What does it mean to grow up, and how do you decide to live? A Gala Night in support of CanTeen will be held on Wednesday 30th September, find out more or book for the Gala Night here. Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. The Quiet Room 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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Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise

New Zealand Improv Fest: WIT (Wellington) A show born from a love of Wes Anderson films, set on a cruise like no other. Taking inspiration from familiar Anderson themes like difficult families, the loss of innocence, and unlikely friendships, you’ll find symmetry, simplicity, and strangely sympathetic weirdos in WIT’s latest reimagining - the Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise. A premiere to open the New Zealand Improv Festival from its founding company, The Royal Equinox Adventure is Annika Naschitzki's directorial debut and stars Kate Wilson, Guanny Liu-Prosee, Mary Little, Geoff Simmons, Matt Powell, Lyndon Hood and Matt Hutton (aka the music man). The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) is Wellington’s not-for-profit, community-based improvisational theatre group. WIT players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience. WIT theatre is sometimes serious, often hilarious and always totally unpredictable. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Game of Chance

New Zealand Improv Fest: GEAR Productions (Wellington) Game of Chance is the improv show that transforms the theatre into a board game with the audience as the board! Join our teams of intrepid improvisers as they race to move their tokens through the board (you) to the finish. If the playing piece stops on you - you set our teams the challenge. Are you up to it? Greg Ellis and Allie Rutherford of GEAR Productions have been producing improv shows for years and enjoying board games even longer! Game of Chance gives them the opportunity to combine both in a show that transforms the theatre into a board game with the audience as the board! In the style of Snakes and Ladders mixed with Monopoly teams of intrepid improvisers race to the finish moving their oversized inflatable playing pieces down the board. Every square is an audience member and if the playing piece stops on an audience member they set the team their next improv challenge. Audience members can rise to the occasion or pass and make the team draw from the Deck of Chance. At the end of every scene the audience has 3 choices - back one space, forward one space or miss a turn! The possibilities for the sort of cruel treatment and disagreements that go hand in hand with board games are endless. GEAR Productions have produced several seasons of the musical improv show Vance Fontaine as well as a number of successful NZIF Shows. They also run the popular Comedians Against Humanity monthly at VKs Comedy Club. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Game of Chance 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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The Nerd Degree Live Recording

New Zealand Improv Fest: NZIF Ensemble led by Brendon Bennetts (Christchurch) Nerd Degree is a live comedy panel show that asks comedians to argue their way through science and pop culture to find out who is the wittiest nerd and the nerdiest wit. Join host Brendon Bennetts as he challenges Wellington's finest to earn their Nerd Degree. Nerd Degree is the brainchild of Christchurch writer, director and improv actor Brendon Bennetts who is also the host of the show, a project grown grew out of a desire to emulate panel shows like 7 Days and QI, but with a decidedly and delightfully nerdy slant. What do you get if you cross the panel quiz show format with a handful of unabashed pop culture enthusiasts and record it in a studio in front of a nerdish audience? You get The Nerd Degree, a decidedly geeky, kiwi podcast that wears its nerd credentials on its sleeve (and that sleeve is not on a red “away team” shirt, thanks very much). To quote their website – Six nerds. Two teams. No Wikipedia. Read more: “Is the Nerd Degree your new favourite podcast?” Listen to previous episodes : nerddegree.com Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. The Nerd Degree 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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Mixtape

New Zealand Improv Festival: Best on Tap (Wellington) 7 Rules for creating the perfect Mixtape: 1. Have an audience to select the songs. 2. Select a theme. 3. Add willing improvisors. 4. Mix it up - it's called a mixtape after all. 5. Feel free to hum along. 6. Know your listener. 7. Never underestimate the power of a mixtape. After a successful season in April 2015 with Letters from the Front, Best on Tap are back again with a brand new show. This never-before-seen format will invite the audience to create their own Mixtape, shaping the performance as the improvisors are inspired by the mix to bring the music to visual life. Stories and scenes created by some of Wellington’s top improvisors and your musical memories. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Mixtape 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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BOOYA

New Zealand Improv Festival: NZIF Ensemble led by Lori Dungey (Auckland) BOOYA: Blow it Out Your Ahem is a thrilling mash-up of Harold and modern dance. Pairing physical work inspired by Rachel Rosenthal with the quintessential long-form improvisation form Harold, Lori Dungey presents a NZIF ensemble cast in a work that is stunning, hilarious and quite unexpected. In 2000 Rachel Rosenthal was tasked by Unexpected Productions in Seattle with making sluggish improvisors look like amazing movement artists. She was an interdisciplinary performer, a theatrical marvel and a combination of Yoda and Martha Graham. Lori realized that Rosenthal's dynamic form of movement was the perfect pairing with Harold, a long form improv structure. With a theme from the audience for the Harold, 5 improvisors begin creating scenes, monologues, and songs inspired by that theme. The rest of the cast become the movement performers that punctuate, accentuate and create fabulous imagery, sound and motion in between it all. Add live musos and you've got a show full to bursting. Lori Dungey has been coming to NZIF for years to perform and participate in the workshops but this is her first time to put up her hand to direct a Festival ensemble. She's been a professional improvisor, actor, writer, director and tutor for over 35 years. She came to Auckland with the Vancouver Theatresports League for the International Theatresports Commonwealth Games Festival in 1990. She never left! She was the first Artistic Director for The Improvisors in Wellington who have just celebrated their first 25 years. She's currently a Creative Director, performer and trainer with ConArtists (formerly Theatresports Auckland). Lori has devised and performed in over 50 improvised productions - both long and short form, including Suspect: A Game of Murder, an improvised murder mystery that's been performed throughout Canada, Sweden, USA, Australia and NZ. In 2011 she went to Adelaide for a sellout season of Austen Found: The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen. Also with ConArtists: Enid Untold: Five Go Mad on Improv - an Enid Blyton themed long form, Oliver Twisted, inspired by Charles Dickens, and New Zombieland: An Improvised Musical. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. BOOYA 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Tales from Camp Horror

New Zealand Improv Fest: The Court Jesters (Christchurch) Beware! Monsters, ghosts, and ghouls take life before your very eyes when you bunk up at Camp Horror. Channelling the spirits of classic horror anthologies, campfire stories, and your weirdest nightmares, Tales From Camp Horror will make you scream, laugh, and soil your undies. Tales From Camp Horror debuted in October 2014 as one of the company's Saturday showcase seasons of Scared Scriptless. Five shows, featuring three Tales each, were performed. No records survive, but the screams were pretty intense. Director Andrew Todd wears a lot of hats, in the metaphorical sense. He is an improviser with the Court Jesters; a freelance sound and video designer; director of NZ feature film Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws, writer for Birth.Movies.Death, GamePlanet, and The Spinoff, and the Christchurch city manager for 48HOURS Furious Filmmaking. Tales From Camp Horror is his brainchild, inspired by horror anthologies like Creepshow, V/H/S, and Night Train to Terror. Based at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, The Court Jesters have been running Scared Scriptless, Australasia's longest-running comedy show, for over 20 years. Alumni include Cal Wilson, Court Theatre Artistic Director Ross Gumbley, Javier Jarquin, and the late Kevin Smith, and members of The Court Jesters have gone on to found or co-found Snort (Auckland), Playshop (Wellington), and Body In Space (Nelson). A company of around 20 Jesters perform two late-night improv shows a week (Friday night short-form comedy and Saturday night themed long-form) and provide corporate entertainment, improv training, and other acting services throughout New Zealand. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Tales from Camp Horror 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Words Wine and Song

New Zealand Improv Fest: NZIF Ensemble led by Cordelia Black (Wellington) Imagine a magical place where poets, musicians and actors can meet, collaborate and make stuff up on the fly. A relaxed setting where you can have a drink at the end of a long festival night, commission a silly song or a bawdy haiku, participate in a singalong, or just trade puns. Yes, let us take you there! Songwriters from Song Sale, local performance poets and of course NZIF participants are invited to mingle and play at BATS, in an hour of rowdy multi-disciplinary improv. Music will be written on the spot or jammed out: words will be slung off the cuff or assembled using the magic of sticky notes. Gig wrangler Cordelia is a past NZIF minion and newly minted WITster, a Song Sale participant and a published poet. This event is what happens when she puts these three interests together to form one glorious hot mess of improvisation. Enjoy! Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Words, Wine and Song 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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[Insert Show Here]

New Zealand Improv Festival: Improsaurus (Dunedin) Involving even less preparation than a usual improvised show, everything about this performance will be devised and decided only the day before at Improsaurus' workshop on original formatting. Combining the great minds of NZIF attendees and Improsaurus' vast experience in long-form, it's bound to be an interesting and challenging format! Improsaurus is Dunedin’s own critically acclaimed improvised comedy troupe. Beginning in 2009 as a group of Otago University students looking for a creative outlet, Improsaurus has since grown and developed, gaining a great reputation within the Dunedin community. Since 2011 they have performed a fortnightly show at the Fortune Theatre studio to a consistently large and loyal crowd. They have also performed various shows around the country, in 2014 represented New Zealand at the AACT WorldFest in Venice, Florida, and this February in front of a 3000-strong audience at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Improsaurus’ speciality is its own original brand of long form improv, and fresh, innovative formats developed by the troupe. Now, for the first time, Improsaurus is coming to NZIF to reveal the secrets of how they create a truly unique 90 minute show every two weeks! "[Improsaurus] achieve a high level of story, playing and entertainment that is now at a world class level.” - Theatreview Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. [Insert Show Here] 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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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. Please note that the October edition of The Watercooler has the later start time of 9.30pm. 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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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. 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.

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me you us them

“Society has parted man from man, neglectful of the human heart.”  What defines us as individuals? What unites us and what divides us? A physical verbatim work, me/you/us/them explores the issue of intolerance and the differing realities people experience. This is no revolution. No answers, just words. Speak up. Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. me/you/us/them 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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The Quiet Room Gala Night

Marianne's turning sixteen and wants to celebrate. But she's dying of cancer. The Quiet Room explores the ethics of medical treatment: who knows what’s best for the patient? What does it mean to grow up, and how do you decide to live? Gala Night performance in support of CanTeen Dress up for a night at the theatre! Come see the show with a complimentary glass of wine (or fizzy) and stay for an insightful Q+A with CanTeen members who have lived with cancer, alongside the cast and creatives of The Quiet Room. Refreshments provided post-show. The $40 ticket price includes admission to the show plus a $22 donation to CanTeen. CanTeen supports young New Zealanders living with cancer through peer support programmes, counselling, leadership development, recreational activities and much more. You can learn more about CanTeen at www.canteen.org.nz. Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. The Quiet Room 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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The Tree of Lives

New Zealand Improv Fest: The Improvisors (Wellington) If you love a good family saga you will love The Tree of Lives. We provide the family tree; you tell us which branches, eras and relationships you want to see. A sweeping saga that spans generations - created by you. The Tree of Lives is an approach to storytelling that puts the audience in control of the plot. The improvisers prepare a family tree, the family members, their place on the tree and where they sit in time. The audience then gets to decide which parts of that tree they want to see, who will be the stars of the story, and what happens next. like a pick-a-path novel the characters and setting is the same, but the story created by the audience is unique every time. In their 25th Anniversary year The Improvisors have unlocked the vault and released those show formats from the past. The Tree of Lives is a reworking of a format that was developed in the early 1990s by Tim Gordon. For the NZIF 2015 it is a one off show created with visiting performers. The audience present on the night will be the authors of this family's past, present and future through the choices they make. No redos, no second chances. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. The Tree of Lives 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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Grain of Truth Live Recording

New Zealand Improv Fest: NZIF Ensemble led by David Innes (Melbourne) A comedy panel game show devised by David S. Innes from Melbourne, Australia. Four panellists, representing different areas of academia, battle it out as to who can give the cleverest responses to the most ridiculous questions, scenarios and topics. Whoever gets the most points, wins the coveted Grain of Truth prize. Recorded monthly at Melbourne's Wesley Anne Hotel, this show is designed to be an antidote to rambly, boring podcasts and completely disrespects the conventions of panel game shows. David S. Innes is a high school Chemistry and Maths teacher as well as an improviser and performer. He ran a small impro company, The Impro Box, for two and a half years before moving onto developing Grain of Truth. Grain of Truth can be downloaded at the website grainoftruth.com.au. He has previously been to NZIF with his Dr Who inspired format Time Lord. David's style of play, performance and writing is a mixture between savage satire and being delightful. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. The Grain of Truth Live Recording 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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Do I?

New Zealand Improv Fest: Body in Space (Nelson) "Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?" "I do... wait ... Do I?" Together with their families, {insert name 1 here} and {insert name 2 here} formally invite you to celebrate their marriage Do I? is a highly audience interactive improv wedding. You never know who might walk out of the ceremony as newlyweds. If anyone. Do I? was originally presented as a part of Body in Space Theatre Company's Found Tales, a site-specific promenade theatre collection that took place at Founder's Heritage Park in Nelson during the 2013 Nelson Arts Festival. During this series of performances, audiences didn't know what shows they were attending at the start of the evening, but were ushered through each venue by guides. When entering Old St. Peter's Church, they had no idea that were about to attend a quirky, crazy improvised wedding where anyone might get roles they didn't bargain for. Audience members in Nelson still fondly talk about Do I? two years on. Original concept by Laura Irish, Isaac Thomas and Lisa Allan. Originally directed by Lisa Allan. In this new version, Laura and Isaac return with the new addition of improviser, Doug Brooks, to round out the cast. Laura has seriously encouraged Isaac to become an official celebrant by the time this show is produced at NZIF. So that could be fun. What do you have to lose? Just your freedom, your heart and half of all your finances. Be sure to RSVP by booking your ticket. Brides hate those people who don't RSVP. Dress code: Semiformal or wear your wedding dress and see what happens… Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Do I? 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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PlayShop Live: The Dome Edition

New Zealand Improv Fest: PlayShop (Wellington) From Friday nights in The Studio at BATS to the stained glass shimmer of The Dome, it's 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 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. For one night only we welcome visiting improvisors to our stage as part of the festivities. To learn more about PlayShop, check out our new website or like us on Facebook. PlayShop is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to create spontaneous, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction, though theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. PlayShop LIVE! 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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Jailbirds

New Zealand Improv Fest: Body in Space Theatre Company (Nelson) It's visiting hour at BATS Theatre with improv on the inside! Inspired by hit TV show, Orange is the New Black, the Body in Space Improv Troupe will invent three female prisoners based on audience suggestions. Who will you end up rooting for in this dog-eat-dog world? Body in Space is a Nelson-based improv troupe that has been producing their monthly improv show, The Deep End, for four years. From the company that brought NZIF Into the Light and The Map comes a show from which there is no escape. Body in Space Co-artistic Director Daniel Allen has over twenty years of theatre experience, mostly on stage performing in scripted or improvised theatre, but he has also entered the worlds of teaching, writing and directing. Dan became a central figure with Christchurch's professional improvisation troupe The Court Jesters in his seven years with the company from 2003-2009. He transferred these skills to Nelson from 2010 and now directs his own comedy improvisation show The Deep End on a monthly basis at the Theatre Royal. Dan directed The Map and Star Seed (Body in Space) and The Emperor's New Clothes (Court Theatre) in 2014. He was the Co-director of the first ever Nelson Fringe Festival this year and is currently directing Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Jailbirds 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Double Feature: Zoom + Arbeitszufriedenheit

New Zealand Improv Fest: Zoom / Arbeitszufriedenheit with Dieter Uberpfister Spark (Melbourne), Greg Ellis (Wellington) The second of two special double feature shows - one ticket price, two performances. Melbourne's Jason Geary presents Zoom; then meet Dieter Uberpfister and watch him cut through corporate jargon with an iron fist. Zoom Out of the darkness, we can see a blue speck. Zoom in. It is the Earth, alive and teeming with possibility. Zoom in further, through the clouds, we see a long island. We can see a city, bustling and alive. Zoom in again. You notice a small theatre on a thoroughfare, it's hosting a festival. Zooming even further we enter the theatre and the minds of two improvisors. There is a drummer, punctuating every breath, and every narrative detail. Zoom out now. Where will you go next? Jason Geary’s deft hand at storytelling and improvisation are set to intrigue you in this new format. The production is a surprising and imaginative new form of theatre. Performers and audience alike direct the narrative, transgressing geographic borders, social stereotypes and physical obstacles at will. Zoom is a uniquely visual improvised show. Two improvisors will narrate the audience through the world around them to create scenes then step into the characters they have created to perform. It’s a fluid, magical and rich theatrical experience that will broaden what you expect from improvised theatre. Zoom is inspired by the works of Haruki Murakami, Gabriel García Márquez and improvised Jazz. Zoom is envisaged as a kind of Birdman-for-the-stage, with the audience using their imagination to build the world seen through a single camera shot, following their every interest, whim and desire. Scenes, stories and characters are evolved and investigated, with each action spurred on by a live percussionist. Arbeitszufriedenheit with Dieter Uberpfister Dieter Uberpfister was once an East German athlete and senior Vice-President in a ploughshare manufacturer. Now he is here to bring his no-nonsense solutions to your workplace problems. Can't stand your boss? Can't find the work/life balance? Dieter knows the answers! Which is a good thing, since Greg Ellis, his alter ego has never worked in an office for longer than a few months in his life! But with 25 years helping entertain the corporates of New Zealand Greg has seen more than his fair share of corporate nonsense which he will put a completely improvised spin on every night. Audience members will be invited to share their grievances and the things that make their work life less than ideal. Dieter knows the answers! Watch him cut through corporate jargon with an iron fist. Fists can't cut you say? Dieter has other ideas. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Double Feature: Zoom / Arbeitszufriedenheit with Dieter Uberpfister 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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NZ Versus the World

New Zealand Improv Fest: NZIF Ensemble led by Jennifer O’Sullivan (Wellington) The New Zealand Improv Festival finishes with a bang! An epic showdown between the best of the locals versus the best of our international guests overseen by festival director Jennifer O’Sullivan. Will the visitors from afar find common ground, or will our Kiwi ingenuity make us national heroes? Jennifer O’Sullivan is an improvisor and producer working to present the best of New Zealand improv and comedy, both in her onstage roles and behind the scenes. Previous work includes Here’s A Thing (Fringe 2014, NZIF 2014), 13: The Soap and Definitely Not Witches (both Fringe 2015, both nominated Best Improv), and Definitely Not The Babysitters Club (NZICF 2015). "Holds her own with her sheer charm" - Theatreview Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. New Zealand Versus the World 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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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. A special edition of PlayShop Live will be held in The Dome at BATS as part of the New Zealand Improv Festival on Friday 9 October. Find out more about the NZIF on their website! 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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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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Knifed

knifed /n??f/ verb. 1. Contradicting your teammate. Will lose the debate. 2. Using a knife on. Especially to stab. Hook-ups and screw-ups; booze and Buffalo Clubs; politics, manipulation and a bit of healthy betrayal. Welcome to the National University Debating Championships. Come meet our best and brightest. Fringe Award-winning theatre-makers Making Friends Collective (Proficiency Test, The Good News) invite you behind the curtain of a sport with no rackets, no balls and no physical activity, a sport where the only points being scored are ideological: university debating. KNIFED joins six debaters as they dive into a weekend of arguments, insults and endless drinking games. Friends, rivals, that one debater who doesn't study Law: they’ve all got their eyes on the Grand Final. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Written by Playmarket Playwrights b4 25 nominee Adam Goodall (Deadlines, Rageface), KNIFED is a chaotic, caustic roller-coaster through a weekend of drama, division and slippery slopes. Starring Adeline Shaddick (The 21st Narcissus), Andy Gartrell (7500 Days), Comfrey Sanders (Don Juan), Lewis McLeod (A Stage of One's Own), Maria Williams (7500 Days) and William Duignan (Kiwi Moon). $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. 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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Hiraeth

'Hiraeth' is a Welsh word with no direct translation. It is a mixture of homesickness and an intense form of longing or nostalgia. With live music and welsh cakes, Hiraeth explores the decline of Welsh tradition and identity through one woman's struggle to escape and let go. Desperate to leave, Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure sounds the death knell for the family farm. Leaving five generations of tradition behind her as she sets out alone into the big smoke... Winner of 'Best Production in the English Language' at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015 Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2014 “Undoubtedly this year’s find.” Evening Standard, 4 Stars “There are laughs and tears, both on and off stage, in a charming piece . . .” British Theatre Guide, 5 Stars  This New Zealand tour is supported by British Council New Zealand, Wales Arts International, and the National Theatre Wales team. $10 Student Night Wednesday 30 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. Hiraeth 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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The Story Cabaret

New Zealand Improv Festival: Meegwai Productions (Christchurch) A night of solo stories woven with truth and heartbreak, then sprinkled with whimsy. Improvisers telling honest stories about themselves and the world around them. Beginning with a word, a seed of inspiration, stories grow, blossom, bloom, and fruit. We enjoy them, we envelope them, we devour them, we set them free once again into the stars from where they came. An evening presided over by The Unicorn. The Unicorn is the creation of improvisers Derek and Michi Flores as a way to celebrate not only the story and the story teller, but the listener, without whom a story can not breathe. Derek Flores is a Canadian professional improviser, comedian, street performer and actor. He has performed and taught improvisation and improv comedy internationally. He is renown for his work with Canadian improv groups The Second City, Loose Moose Theatre, and The 3 Canadians. Flores currently resides in Christchurch, New Zealand and is listed amongst New Zealand’s top comedians. He was the founding Artistic Director of the New Zealand Improv Festival. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. The Story Cabaret 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Lady Fingers

New Zealand Improv Fest: Lady Fingers (Sydney) Improvisation's most daring dames of the dramatic hit New Zealand for their very first International adventure. Lady Fingers is cheeky, musical, character based scenic improvisation. Three mischief makers improvise vocal music to inform scene work, multiple characters and abundant laughs. Storylines may cross, characters may disappear or return in this fun adventure into acappella music, clowning, playfulness and delight. Oh my! In an endeavour to move away from ‘talky’ improv, Sydney based Lady Fingers is an experimental trio that incorporate music, physicality and theatricality into their improvised shows. Birthed from the brain-womb of Linda Calgaro, they came together in 2013 and have staged two successful, short runs of their quirky brand of improv at Sydney’s Hive bar. The positive feedback and excited response has only encouraged them to be naughtier. Annie Wilson, Linda Calgaro and Linette Voller are three experienced improvisers, comedians, music makers and actors. Annie is a professional actor, working in television and theatre. Linda is a professional singer, musician, actor and improv teacher. Linette is an actor and comedienne, having worked in film and Sydney’s stand-up comedy circuit - three Ladies with 30 fingers, multiple skills, and one purpose: to delight. Find the Lady Fingers on Facebook! Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Lady Fingers 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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SED Speeches

New Zealand Improv Fest: PlayShop (Wellington) From the Wellington-based company that brought you the sell-out smashes Game of Things, Riddiford Street (Seasons 2 and 3), and the award-winning 10 Things I Hate About Us comes a show that will change your life. In SED Speeches: Theories of Stuff our players will transform attitudes, lives and the entirety of Wellington through the power of laughter. Our Speeches are a take on the traditional TED Talks containing a presentation made in collaboration with you. The topics will be as wild as can be suggested, so you won’t know what insanity is in store until it’s revealed. Each of the individual SED Speeches will explore the dysfunction that is a hastily made visual combined with a completely clueless presenter, so don’t worry if you haven’t been hitting the books lately! Be prepared for quick reasoning, witty thoughts and an attempt at scholarly justification. SED Speeches: Theories of Stuff is the spontaneous, hilarious reimagining of one of the world’s most respected global conferences. PlayShop is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to create spontaneous, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction though theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. SED Speeches 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.

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Double Feature: Brown + Riverman

New Zealand Improv Fest Double Feature: Solo Brown / Yes! I am Riverman! Rik Brown (Melbourne) / Jonny Potts (Wellington) The first of two special double feature shows - one ticket price, two solo performers. Melbourne's Rik Brown takes the stage with Solo Brown; then Wellington award winning comedian Jonny Potts brings the Festival Yes! I am Riverman! Solo Brown Rik Brown has performed all over the world with some of the greatest improvisors who ever improvised the improvisations. Can he survive without them? Come and see one man take to the stage, alone in his own creative wonderland. Rik Brown has been improvising for 20 years. He performs endlessly with Impro Melbourne and is a member of Spark who have the enjoyed success with their improvised shows throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has performed all over the world with some of the greatest improvisors who ever improvised the improvisations. Can he survive without them? What will happen to his mind if its left to its own devices? It has been a longtime goal of his to find out! Come and see one man take to the stage, alone in his own creative wonderland. Yes! I am Riverman! I am Riverman! I am Riverman! Come to Whanganui, and see the mighty Whanganui River, 'the Rhine of Maoriland'! I am Riverman! Questions? I will answer them! Very interesting things! Come to Whanganui, see the Durie Hill Tower, Virginia Lake, Kowhai Park and Majestic Square! I am Riverman! Jonny's show Loose won Best Stand-up Comedy and Best Writing at the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival Awards. He is the host of the podcasts The Year of Reading Massively and The Witching Hours. Among his stage roles are Friar Lawrence, Mark Antony, and Deputy Prime Minister Brian Talboys in The Bacchanals' award-winning production of Dean Parker's Slouching Toward Bethlehem. Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Double Feature: Solo Brown / Yes! I am Riverman! 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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Sex Lies and Improvise

New Zealand Improv Fest: ConArtists (Auckland) One of Auckland’s longest running improv franchises comes to Wellington to tickle your fancies. MC’d by Penny Ashton (Radio NZ, Hot Pink Bits), SLI is an evening “of high energy entertainment filled with hilarious improvised games with a very naughty twist” - Theatreview. An ensemble of festival actors will take your salacious suggestions and spin them into orgasmic comedy gold. Where did you lose your virginity? Have you pashed a prince or rubbed up against a rock star? How exactly are babies made? You can either tell the truth or make it all up, it’s anonymous so no one will ever know. It’s late night unbridled full frontal improv, so grab your waterproof pants and come on down. “…it is clear that the ConArtists are the professional, seasoned variety of improv artists. They don’t miss a beat.” - Theatreview www.conartists.co.nz Each year the New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more! “Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview Tickets: $18 Full / $14 Concession / $13 Groups 6+ Two show pass: $30 Full / $25 Concession (available at the BATS Box Office or by emailing book@bats.co.nz) Show duration is approximately 50 minutes. Sex Lies Improvise 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. For more information see the BATS Accessibility Policy.