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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Mothy.

“Hello, I am the butterfly...Moth’s have it pretty simple, just head on toward the light. Your entire life is built heading toward that light until that light is not being a part of life anymore.” Mothy. directed by Ryan Knighton for Fringe Festival 2015, is a show of intimate story telling. We begin with ‘The Butterfly’ – who is a moth – building his second chrysalis in the hopes of this time, coming out as the butterfly he wants to be. As stories interweave, we meet a myriad of different characters, revealing the beauty at the heart of our tightly wound cocoons. The first show ever to be performed in the new BATS studio space, Mothy. reveals the metamorphosis taking place beneath the struggle of supermarkets, cigarettes, crowds and concerts as we all, essentially, travel towards the light. Come and cosy up while Ryan, Oli, Stevie, Amy and Lily share their stories in our collective cocoon. Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Mothy. takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time. PLEASE NOTE: The Sunday 22nd February 8pm performance has been moved to Sunday 8th March at 8pm. This differs from the listings in the BATS Guano and NZ Fringe printed programme.

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Out of Order

It’s not easy being a machine. Surrounded by updates and new models, warrantees and money back guarantees, it can be tough just to stay switched on. Especially when you’re also having a midlife crisis. From depressed traffic lights to anxious vacumn cleaners, a motley crew of broken down apparatuses and appliances are assembling, and they're ready to speak out. In a series of monologues filled with interpretive dance, poems, songs and downright ridiculousness, Out of Order is the story of the voiceless hardworking bits and bobs among us. Your cell phone, your fridge, the street lamp outside, they’ve seen some things and they’ve got some stuff to say about it. A whole new level of objectification, these creatures are rebooting, compressing and reconfiguring into alarmingly human like shapes. What does it really mean to be a person, and what does it really mean to be a thing? You'll never look at your laptop quite the same again. Directed by Caitlin McNaughton and starring Alice Pearce Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Out of Order 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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Bucket's List

A 5 star smash hit at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival and winner of the Tiki Tour Ready Award, Australian comedian and character actor Justin Kennedy stars in this heartbreakingly hilarious story about love...and buckets. The fourth show by acclaimed writer Sarah Collins (CHOIR GIRL, Donna + Damo, Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens in Toowoomba. Ever.) Bucket's List features a live score, lively possum, and life-sized bucket dream-girl, and is not to be missed. "Kennedy is Spectacular" - Beat Magazine "From the moment Justin Kennedy appears on stage, the audience is captivated. His charm and charisma is dazzling. His comic miming skills divine" - Squirrel Comedy "It's impossible to fault Bucket's List" - Squirrel Comedy Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Bucket's List 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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Confessions of a Grindr Addict

Following hit seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Perth, Adelaide, Tasmania and Brisbane, the award-winning Confessions of a Grindr Addict makes its New Zealand debut. Felix has a date. A real one! But this time it’s different. So why is he freaking out? It’s been over a year since Felix has been on a proper date and he can’t help but wonder: “What does one actually do on a date that doesn’t involve sex?” As Felix takes those first shaky steps into the scary, uncharted world of a romantic encounter where he’ll actually have to 'meet' the person, maybe deleting his trusted smartphone app wasn’t such a smart move after all! Confessions of a Grindr Addict is a comical, intimate and at times awkward journey through the gay dating world as Felix shares his secrets about sex, love and the odd fetish... or two. Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Three show pass for Confessions of a Grindr Addict,  Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word $36. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Confessions of a Grindr Addict, Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word all take 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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Six Bad Arthouse Plays

Is it Art? Or is it House? Is it Bad, or is it a Play? Are there Six? Yes! or, perhaps, no! Six Bad Arthouse Plays is seven short plays that takes the proud tradition of avant-garde, experimental theatre, drags it out quietly behind the shed and shoots it repeatedly, in a manner that is simultaneously cruel, truthful, amusing and merciful. It's sixty minutes of cringe at the Fringe. Featuring: Like My Status by Arthur Whiteman. Yogalogues: Some Curious Musings by Amber Crystal. Don't Touch the Butter by Johann Spunkmeyer. The Paark by Umlaut Seven. Native Birds of New Zealand by Mark McMarkson. A-CORD-dance by Gyna. Teh Interwebs by Audrey Hillcrest. Laughter is forbidden. Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Six Bad Arthouse Plays 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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I Can't Say The F Word

Millions of words are spoken each day but for some of us there are words that, for whatever reason, cannot be said. I Can’t Say The F Word is a humorous yet deeply personal insight into how just one word can have a profound and lasting impact on an individual’s identity. Gavin Roach knocked Australia's socks off with his one-man shows Confessions of a Grindr Addict and Any Womb Will Do – two stories that hilariously tell the trials and tribulations of the love-embattled Felix. After sell-out seasons around Australia, Gavin Roach is ready to step out from under Felix's shadow with a brand spanking new show, investigating why he can't say one single solitary word: the F word. Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Three show pass for Confessions of a Grindr Addict, Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word $36. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Confessions of a Grindr Addict, Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word all take 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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Just Bet ween Us

JUST BET/WEEN US A bit of a gamble, a chance to choose co-ordinates coinciding…what is there to lose? Between you and me, perhaps lies another way let our choices e(cor)rupt us in a game with no play. With six performers to select from, Just Bet/ween Us takes us into a realm of audience interactive play that approaches the ideas of ‘gambling with humanity’ and ‘dabbling in destinies’. With an anti-casino edge, the work questions not only our addictions to win/profit and its social context, but also our perspectives/judgments/misunderstandings of intimate intentions and potential couplings (match-making). So what are you betting on? Roll the dice… Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Please note that this show is listed in the printed NZ Fringe Festival programme as ChoreoCo. - Beautiful Recovery. Show duration is approximately one hour. Just Bet/ween Us 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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Pussycat Lost

Flightless; collarless; catless. In one morning Edmund, desperate for a date, has crippled a pigeon, exiled a kitten, and seduced its owner. It’s only a matter of time before the metaphorical chickens come home to roost... Pussycat Lost is a musical experiment in genre; at once nai¨ve and deeply personal. Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Pussycat Lost 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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Loose

Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996 – 2015 Three-time (!!!) NZ Fringe Festival Best Comedy nominee Jonny Potts (Delusionaries, Kincaid Weekender, The Witching Hours, Let Us Reappraise Famous Men, Signfeld & Freindz, No Nonsense Parenting Show etc. etc.) talks about booze and Iggy Pop. Over 60 minutes, Jonny will tell 20 stories from the past 20 years, each involving those two constants: drinking and Iggy. Also featured: drugs, Whanganui, fast cars, the search for meaning, National Radio, stand-up, New York, panini & Raw Power. Suitable for non-drinkers and people who haven't heard enough Iggy Pop to realise he's great yet. Also probably the only show in the Fringe to reveal the meaning of life, not just say it will and then not really do it. No Fun for all the family. "Equal parts brilliant and baffling... the closest I've seen to a New Zealander matching Stephen Colbert" - The Ruminator "Hilarious satire" - Salient "TOO GOOD!" - Wotzon "Is it just me or" - Theatreview Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $5. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Loose takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time.

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Jingles - The Musical

Jingles - The Musical is an original musical comedy using songs and jingles from old NZ ads, incorporated seamlessly (and not so seamlessly) into a hilarious skewering of the age-old musical story: a small town girl perched on the edge of big city stardom. From Dean Hewison, writer/director of Conversations With My Penis and creator of Two Day Plays (Best of Fringe 2009). Jingles - The Musical stars Hayley Sproull (Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues), Carrie Green (We Could Live Here) and Jack Buchanan (Destination Beehive). Featuring music from the best ads of the 80s and 90s, including McDonalds Supercombo, Always Coca Cola, You Can Tell a Wella Woman, and much more! Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Jingles - The 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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The Good News

How well do you know your Bible? Johnny's a lapsed Catholic; Adam's wandered from an Anglican herd. Together, they've called family, friends, acquaintances and total strangers and asked them to do one simple thing: tell us a Bible story. From off the top of your head. With a cast of three performing the exact transcripts on a Sunday School budget, they're gonna give you The Good Book…one mistake at a time. Following in the oral tradition of Drunk History and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Making Friends Collective’s The Good News is a scrappy, hilarious, high-energy look at our relationship with religion and the stories we use to define ourselves. The Good News takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Accessibility to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office if you have accessibility requirements. Show duration is approximately one hour. The Good News 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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You, Me and OCD

Kade and Jeremy Ever get that awful feeling that you haven’t locked the door, after you’ve checked it four times? Are you ridiculed for your colour-coded wardrobe? Unable to leave the house without your bottle of hand sanitiser? We can totally relate! We’ve both been diagnosed with O.C.D, which happens to have the silver lining of being great inspiration for comedy. Come with us as we use our mean as comedy and magic skills to delve deep into the world of O.C.D. We’ll be covering the ins, outs, ups, downs lefts & rights... four times probably. It’s the O.C.D. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 29th April only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. You, Me and OCD 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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Tiny Deaths

The woman who kissed a gnome. The girl who is also a bomb. The lady so obsessed with stationery she is prepared to kill for it. Or even worse: love for it. Tiny Deaths is a beautiful and odd evening of love stories, all as dark as dark chocolate, from award-winning theatre company My Accomplice (A Play About Space, Joseph K, Watch). Student Nights Wednesday 25th March and 1st April - $15 tickets with Student ID. Email book@bats.co.nz or pop into the BATS Box Office to book your Student Night ticket. Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. Tiny Deaths 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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Together All Alone

Six explosive, darkly funny, and wickedly entertaining new plays realised by critically acclaimed directors Jaime Dorner and Rachel Lenart. Angie Farrow’s new collection of urban narratives explore the isolation of city life and its impact on human relationships.  “Riveting… a must see” Richard Mays, The Tribune Show duration is approximately 75 minutes. Together All Alone 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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No More Dancing In The Good Room

Chris Parker Chris Parker (Snort and Tighty Whiteys) is putting on one of his silly little shows. If it were 1999, he would be performing it in Mum’s “Good Room”, but she said his limbs are getting too long and he doesn’t have enough control over them. In fact, she’s banned him from dancing in the house altogether. No More Dancing in the Good Room is the autobiographical account of a young gay boy growing up in a liberal supportive family. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 29th April only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. No More Dancing In The Good 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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Faith

Eli Matthewson Eli was a card-carrying, Parachute-attending, Christian teenager who gave it all up for the life of guilt-free sinning. But did he make the right choice? The little gay rock-star of New Zealand comedy is back with a second nomination for the Billy T, with a brand new show that explores life after leaving youth group. “Borderline genius” – TVNZ Billy T nominee 2015, NZICF Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Show duration is approximately one hour. Faith 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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Fly Or Die

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

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Head Goes Bang

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

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What We Talk About

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT From award winning comedian Eamonn Marra (Best Newcomer Wellington, 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival; Highly Commended Newcomer 2014 NZ Fringe Festival) and writer, performer and comedian Alice May Connolly (Vampimple, TUT, The Bacchanals) comes an ensemble hour of obsessive entertainment. A collective of performers will fascinate, move and amuse audiences with revelations of their deepest passions. Fun, conversational late night shows over two weekends in The Studio at the renovated BATS Theatre on Kent Terrace in the New Zealand Fringe Festival. Named after the iconic Raymond Carver short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, What We Talk About When We Talk About urges the performers to articulate their obsessions and passions plain and simple, with all the harsh truths left in. Along with sharing some of their own fixations, Eamonn and Alice will alternate MC-ing four late-night dives into the minds of the infatuated, fanatical, and neurotic in the cosy new space, The Studio at BATS Theatre. In a similar vein to past Fringe favourite, Corner Diary each night sees up to four different performers. No night is the same to maximise variety and encourage repeat audience attendance. What We Talk About When We Talk About will be recorded live and downloadable after the Fringe Festival. Friday 27th February Uther Dean Adam Wright David Lawrence Freya Daly-Sadgrove Saturday 28th February Cherie Jacobson Jessie Hennen Nikki-Lee Birdsey James Nokise Friday 6th March Jen O'Sullivan Jean Sergent Kenneth Gaffney Jonny Potts Saturday 7th March Abby Howells Jarrod Baker Adam Goodall Aidan Weekes Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. What We Talk About When We Talk About takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre which is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at this time. 

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Any Womb Will Do

Felix wants a baby…maybe even two. He has picked out the names, planned their foreign language studies and might even have bought an outfit or three. The only teeny tiny problem is, he is a single 30 something gay man who doesn’t have a womb. The loveable imp from Confessions of a Grindr Addict has returned, older, wiser but just as awkward. Written and performed by Gavin Roach, Any Womb Will Do is a riotously funny, blunt, and at times heartbreaking insight into one of life’s big questions, “Where do babies come from when you don’t have a womb?” Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Three show pass for Confessions of a Grindr Addict, Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word $36. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Confessions of a Grindr Addict, Any Womb Will Do and I Can't Say The F Word all take 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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Big City Hillbilly

When TM had a few drinks in her hometown of Dargaville, the last thing she expected was to wake up in New York two days later. Big City Hillbilly recounts the experience of a provincial girl from one of New Zealand’s smallest towns surviving a drunken, spontaneous move to one of the biggest cities in the world. Big City Hillbilly details the comedic juxtaposition of a naïve country bumpkin attempting to live in a strange land with bizarre customs and traditions. From kumara festivals in Northland to fighting crack whores for gypsy cabs in the Bronx, it's culture shock in the extreme as this small-town hick becomes a Big City Hillbilly. TM Bishop is one of New Zealand’s most widely-touring comedians, appearing on television and at top venues around New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. She returned home from New York in top form to win three awards in the 2013 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards, including Gag of the Year and The President’s Medal. "gobsmackingly amazing Kiwi comedy thriller" - LateNite Show host, Scott Black "generating laughter across the nation and the world in her distinctly down-to-earth Kiwi style" - PJ Taylor "Her antics most certainly had us billowing with laughter." - Mac+Mae Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Two show pass for Big City Hillbilly and Wanted Thoughts $28. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Big City Hillbilly 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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Wanted Thoughts

Billy T Award Winner Mike Loder is celebrating his twentieth year performing standup comedy by recording a new CD at Fringe. The show - Wanted Thoughts - is a fast paced hour from the crowd favourite. The outspoken comic is also a familiar face from a host of radio and television appearances - going back to the long running Pulp Comedy show. Most recently seen on TV 3's After Dark, 7 Days and Maori TV's Crack Up. “The highest laughs per minute tally of anything I saw at this year's Fringe" - WEEKEND EXPRESS - ‘PICKS OF THE FRINGE’ "Hilarious" - MELBOURNE AGE “Riotously funny" - THE EDMONTON SUN "Hilarious. Quick thinking and sharp witted comedy" - Theatre News If you like your comedy sharp and original then book early and often. Mature content advisory. Facebook: ComedianMikeLoder www.MikeLoder.com Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Two Show Pass for Wanted Thoughts and Big City Hillbilly $28. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Wanted Thoughts 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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Don't Ever Forget

A decade after the death of a friend a group of friends and former band mates are brought back together. But everything is not as it seems and it soon emerges that they have been brought together under false pretences. Feelings and questions left dormant come bubbling to the surface again. Why is one amongst the group ensuring that they Don’t Ever Forget? Part of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival. Check out www.fringe.co.nz to find out what else is on and join us in celebrating the Fringe's 25th birthday! Fringe Addict and Artist tickets $12. Please be prepared to show your Addict card or Artist pass. Email book@bats.co.nz to find out more. Show duration is approximately one hour. Don't Ever Forget 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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PlayShop LIVE

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

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Two Day Plays

Over four Sundays in March and April, witness the birth of 24 brand new ten-minute plays, all made within a weekend. Two Day Plays (Best of Fringe 2009) makes its long-awaited return, as teams fight for the title of 2015 Two Day Plays Champions. Two teams from each heat get selected for the Grand Final - one by the judges and the other by the audience - where they have to do it all over again! To get involved, email twodayplays@gmail.com Season pass to all four nights available for $50 - email book@bats.co.nz to get yours! Show duration is approximately two hours including an interval. Two Day Plays 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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Where There's A Will

Where There’s A Will there’s a ploy, a play, a way to go. But who plays away, who plays home? “Life’s not a rehearsal, it’s an audition.” Did Will write that? David Lawrence directs Neenah Dekkers-Reihana, John Marwick and writer/actor John Smythe in this quirky ‘play before a play’. Show duration is approximately 75 minutes. Where There's A Will 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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Definitely Not The Baby Sitters Club

Definitely Not Witches A love letter from New Zealand women to the literature of our childhood. Definitely Not Witches bring you a new chapter in the improv playbook, as they finally realize their dreams and create a Baby Sitting Club in 90’s New Zealand, with a cast of characters inspired by the iconic books. From the creators of Thrills & Swoon: Improvised Romance, Taking Off The Bird Suit, and Here’s a Thing: Late Night Improv. Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 29th April only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. Show duration is approximately one hour. Definitely Not The Baby Sitters Club 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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Past Our Bedtime

James, Patch and Savanna Some take longer to leap into adulthood than others. When it comes to Patch Lambert, James Malcolm and Savanna Calton: people are beginning to wonder whether they’ll make that jump at all – and their parents have long given up on converting their rooms into craft studios. Join them as they prove their haters wrong and stay up past their bedtime. James Malcolm: Winner – Raw Comedy Quest 2014 Patch Lambert: Winner – Most Improved Comedian 2014, Wellington Comedy Awards Savanna Calton: Winner – Best Newcomer 2013, Wellington Comedy Awards Part of the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival, running from 24 April – 17 May. To get The Latest on all the comedy shows on offer, practical information about the Festival, access to competitions and special deals, head to comedyfestival.co.nz. Show duration is approximately one hour. Past Our Bedtime takes place in The Studio at BATS Theatre. Unfortunately The Studio is not wheelchair accessible at this time.

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Spyfinger!

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

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Turning Another Page

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

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Discover Ben Target

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

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Pretending Things Are A Cock

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

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Comic Or Poet?

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

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Glocknid (Dwarf Warrior)

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

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Force Norman

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

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PSA: Who Dunne It?

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

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Terrible Ideas

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

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Respite - A Monologue

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