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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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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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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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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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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $12 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $12 for Wednesday 29th April only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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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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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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.

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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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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Letters From The Front

In the bowels of the archives, two workers are digitising letters from World War One. What stories will they uncover? Best on Tap presents an improvised drama inspired by the real experiences of New Zealanders at war. Letters to and from Kiwi soldiers are brought to life as the “archivists” read them aloud, inspiring their fellow improvisers to create scenes, stories and characters. (The letters haven’t been read before the show.) Words of love, promise, the day-to-day and the reality of war bring history close enough to touch. Show duration is approximately one hour. Letters From The Front 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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Embody Two

Embody: Dance Platform Two ‘…alone with a syllable of mangled silver,’ Musicians on stage, contemporary dance, Butoh, singing, pop culture: Embody: Dance Platform Two promises to be an extraordinary evening of dance, theatre and live music featuring performances by Jeremy Haxton, Miki Seifert & William Franco, Juliet Shelley & Chris Prosser. ‘A fantastic evening of committed and well-conceived dance works’ - Theatreview It takes 200 muscles to take a single step  A Butoh meditation on the human body: its strength, its fragility, and its relationship to the external environment and to the world of the spirit. It asks the questions: What is the relationship of the spirit to the body? What comes into being when spirit encounters the restrictions of the physical? What is the relationship of the body/spirit to its environment? Director/Soundscape: William Franco Choreographer/ Performer: Miki Seifert Body: Jeanette and Conrad Seifert. You Betta Work  A new work which will be created for Embody: Dance Platform Two. It is a mix of physical theatre and contemporary dance, highlighting the monotony of living in the rat race. It plays on pedestrian movement and pop culture and comes of whimsical while still critiquing the 9 to 5 mould. Choreography and Performance: Jeremy Haxton - Lost Cow Performance Smudging at the Ology ‘Through several spoken and pre-recorded sequences, the poems of Antonio Machada and Pablo Neruda are intoned. One line from Neruda's (1959) Sonata stands out within this work "alone with a syllable of mangled silver", suggesting how the dance may be read in this work. Shelley's taut, controlled phrases are like syllables in a carefully composed poem of movement. In this way choreography becomes musical, and the music becomes kinetic. Each note of the violin dances in terse dialogue with the dancer. Between Shelley and Prosser there is a careful attention to one another's contribution to the holistic work: a generosity on each part to give space in the performance, to allow one action to 'frame' the other rather than taking centre-stage. This produces a powerful duet.’ - Theatreview Choreography: Juliet Shelley Violin: Chris Prosser Show duration is approximately one hour. Embody: Dance Platform Two 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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 6th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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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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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $16 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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. Limited tickets available at the Cheap Wednesday price of $14 for Wednesday 13th May only! Email book@bats.co.nz to secure yours now. 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.