BATS is currently operating Orange of the Traffic Light System. Find out what that means here.


Live art lighting up lives.

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BATS at Orange of the Traffic Light System

Along with the whole country we will be moving to the new Traffic Light System on the 2nd of December from 11.59pm. At BATS we will be implementing the requirement of vaccine certificates as this is the safest way for us to bring artists and audiences together.

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Coming up

25 - 29 Jan

The Princess and the Knight

With trouble lurking around every corner, how will Princess Ada and Prince Lysander ever have the wedding of their dreams?!

25 - 29 Jan

Paper Jam

Sal is stuck in a rut. A boring cycle of get up, go to work, go home, go to sleep. Up, work, home, sleep. Upworkhomesleepupworkhomesleep. Her job is an endless sea of pointless data entry and double handling.

25 - 29 Jan

You'd Look So Pretty If

You’d Look So Pretty If, a devised show from Stain Your Brain Productions, is set to debut this year as a part of the Six Degrees Festival.

25 Jan - 5 Feb

Six Degrees Festival

Six Degrees celebrates dynamic and engaging theatre, movement, or podcast events created by Master's students from VUW's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Practice. Whether fun, quirky, serious, or thought-provoking, there's entertainment guaranteed.

27 Jan - 5 Feb

Listen to This: Live Podcasts

Six live podcast shows! Each night a different show! Live music! Lots of Cables! We'll be having a cozy time of it in the Studio at BATS with a whole heaping of good vibes and audio goodness! Can’t make it in person? Catch us on the livestream!

1 - 5 Feb

Ugly Lies the Bone

War trauma defines returning soldier Jess's life. To escape her pain, she begins experimental virtual reality therapy where she builds a breathtaking world and slowly repairs wounds past and present as she heal her relationships, her life and herself

1 - 5 Feb


Two women find out one big secret. Uncover the layers of mystery in the Wright household and find out who got their just desserts.

10 - 12 Feb

Third Party - The Debut

Third Party – The Debut presents the improvisational stylings of Improv Connection's most experienced performers.


7 Dec - 22 Jan
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Sapphic Lake - On Demand

Gender isn't real, but love is. A new comic queer ballet based on the Ancient Greek myth of Iphis and Ianthe. From the creators of The Slutcracker and Galathea: Into The Bush.

23 Dec - 31 Jan

Bridges Digital

We asked six of Aotearoa’s most exciting writers to respond to the question: how can we bridge the gaps widening around us? What happens if we don’t? The following is the result of our online experiments! This is ‘Digital Theatre’, buckle in.

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About BATS

From a gorgeous three level repurposed historic building we nurture creative talent and showcase exciting new NZ performance. Our buzzing year-round programme is an alternative mash-up of theatre, dance, improv, stand-up, and experimental work.

​We partner in the development of exciting and bold performance. Through the meeting of digital and live art, bolstering BATS as a hub of creativity and showcasing diverse festival activity we support career sustainability and wellbeing for all.

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We aim to make visiting BATS as easy as possible for everyone. If you need support with access, audio, visual needs, or with reserving an easy access seat in the theatre we encourage you to contact us prior to your visit and discuss your individual needs with our friendly Box Office team.

Put on a show

Putting on a show at BATS is a pretty sweet deal. We spend more supporting our shows than we make back with our low venue fees. That’s alright by us though, we exist to support emerging artists and showcase new NZ performance!

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