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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How To Catch A Grim Reaper

Written by Helen Vivienne Fletcher / Directed by David Lawrence A filmmaker, a med student, and a psychology major come up with a plan to catch the Grim Reaper… but there’s just one problem: they need to kill one of their friends to do it. Well… almost kill them, that is. None of them expect it to work … and they have absolutely no clue what to do now they have Death Itself caged in their lounge... Part of the 21st Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre. Our 2015 season explores social media, self-reflection, and homicidal tendencies – so come and try something different as we showcase some of the best young talent in Wellington. See all three works (How To Catch A Grim Reaper; The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives; The 21st Narcissus) in the Festival for just $45 full price or $36 concession with a Season Pass. Special prices for school groups also available. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book yours! Show duration is approximately one hour. How To Catch A Grim Reaper 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 21st Narcissus

Written by Sam Brooks / Directed by Uther Dean Three girls form a bond through their love of a popstar on Twitter. A boy and a girl accidentally meet on Facebook and build a friendship. On Tumblr, a boy uploads pictures of himself. The 21st Narcissus is about meeting someone who is into Avril Lavigne as much as you are. Part of the 21st Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre. Our 2015 season explores social media, self-reflection, and homicidal tendencies – so come and try something different as we showcase some of the best young talent in Wellington. See all three works (How To Catch A Grim Reaper; The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives; The 21st Narcissus) in the Festival for just $45 full price or $36 concession with a Season Pass. Special prices for school groups also available. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book yours! Show duration is approximately one hour. The 21st Narcissus 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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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 special 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 First 7500 Days Of My Life

The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives Written by Uther Dean / Directed by Sally Richards Greetings etc, I, Max Addison, would like to cordially invite you to my presentation of findings. I have recently concluded an in-depth scientific survey into every single element of every single event on every day of the first 7500 days of my life. It will be educational and inspirational. I look forward to your rapt attendance. Yours etc, Max Evelyn Addison Part of the 21st Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre. Our 2015 season explores social media, self-reflection, and homicidal tendencies – so come and try something different as we showcase some of the best young talent in Wellington. See all three works (How To Catch A Grim Reaper; The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives; The 21st Narcissus) in the Festival for just $45 full price or $36 concession with a Season Pass. Special prices for school groups also available. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more and book yours! Show duration is approximately one hour. The Presentation of Findings from My Scientific Survey of the First 7500 Days of My Life, Done in the Interest of Showing You How to Live Better Lives 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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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. 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 special 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.