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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The Dark Room

Have you ever seen a dark room… or ever been inside one? Patrick Godinet presents The Dark Room - a nostalgic and introspective journey that focuses on the relationship and struggle between one’s mind and one’s self. The Hip-Hop based choreographer re-awakens an awareness and appreciation for the Art of Movement, pushing the boundaries of storytelling through one of the most fiercely emotive dance styles. Show duration is approximately 60 minutes. The Dark 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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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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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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Lysistrata

Just as your buddy John sends more NZ soldiers to Iraq to liberate America’s oil, your pals The Bacchanals return to BATS with Aristophanes’ timeless tale of the women of Athens finding the perfect resolution to international conflict: no more sex until men end all wars! Comedy! Politics! Satire! Priapism! Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. Lysistrata takes place in The Dome at BATS Theatre. Access to The Dome is via stairs so please contact the BATS Box Office if you have accessibility requirements.

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Wings

A lot can happen in ten years: a lot of things to hurt... a lot of things to hide. Three sisters leading very different lives are thrown together on the road to their mother’s funeral - and the proverbial hits the very large fan. Wings picks the audience up and hurtles them forward on a non-stop roller coaster road trip through hilariously familiar familial bickering, awkward moments, and childish games - to the breathtaking fallout that no one is ready for. A drama by award-winning NZ playwright Jess Sayer. Directed by Tabitha Arthur Cast: Victoria Seymour, Hannah Botha, Lydia Buckley. $10 Student Night Wednesday 27 May, arrive at the Box Office with your Student ID or email book@bats.co.nz to book your ticket! Show duration is approximately one hour. Wings 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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Success

Carl, Jules and Derek are stand up comedians. Starting out in Auckland, they shared dreams, ideas, and a flat, convinced they were changing the world with every laugh they could elicit. And then Carl went and did something stupid. He moved to America, and made it big. Now, ten years later, he’s back; and this time it’s because he’s possibly done something even more unforgivable. Under siege from the media, these three men will have to confront their pasts, their resentments, their friendship (or what’s left of it), and the ramifications of success. This new comedy by Stephen Sinclair (Ladies Night, The Bach, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers) explores themes of betrayal, plagiarism, the tall-poppy syndrome, and the price of fame. A mix of drama, standup comedy and theatrical commentary, Success takes an all-too-believable premise and turns it into a black comedy about jealousy, redemption and the fine line between genius and madness. Featuring Jeremy Elwood (7 Days, The Slapdash Assassin), Stephen Papps (The End of the Golden Weather, Blowing It) and John Glass (Agent Anna, The Pitmen Painters), Success will have its world premiere season at BATS before a short season at The Basement Theatre in Auckland. Show duration is approximately 120 minutes including an interval. Success 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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Not In Our Neighbourhood

Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, has been invited to the Women’s Refuge to follow some of their clients in a bid to raise awareness about domestic violence. On her journey she discovers that domestic violence comes in all different shapes and sizes and that situations are more complicated than she first thought. Written and Directed by Jamie McCaskill Performed by Kali Kopae Presented by Tikapa Productions Part of the Ahi Kaa AK Festival 2015: Bold theatre. Fresh dance. Mana Maori. Ahi Kaa. See www.akfestival.com for more information. Show duration is approximately one hour. Not In Our Neighbourhood 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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2080 by Aroha White

2080 is a time when the world has fallen into irreversible debt and climate change. New Zealand has become the last oasis. Our country has become an unrecognizable stranger fueled by greed and segregation. The poverty gap between rich and poor in New Zealand has created a chaotic and inhuman society. A development season of a script by Aroha White. Part of the Ahi Kaa AK Festival 2015: Bold theatre. Fresh dance. Mana Maori. Ahi Kaa. See www.akfestival.com for more information. Show duration is approximately 90 minutes. 2080 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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Long Ago Long Ago

Two sisters – a postgraduate student specialising in fairytales and a cynical phone psychic – struggle with loss, obsession and the need for connection. Long Ago, Long Ago flows from moment to memory; a poetic meditation on grief, siblinghood and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. $10 Student Night Wednesday 24 June, 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. Long Ago, Long Ago 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 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.