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Get your giggle on, the NZ international Comedy Festival is taking over this May!

The NZ International Comedy Festival is an annual highlight on Aotearoa’s arts calendar, and with almost 20 shows over three weeks here at BATS there is something sure to tickle everyone's funny bone.

Check out the full line up of Comedy Fest shows we have coming to BATS.

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On now

19 - 21 Apr
closes tomorrow


A contemporary retelling of the ancient myth of Helios and the fall of Phaeton.

20 Apr
opening night

Dinosaurs - Music Release

Join us in celebrating the release of Katreena Erin's next single, "Dinosaurs". Come along for an evening of intimate folk music, including a sneak peek preview of the song before it's officially released!

Coming up

25 - 27 Apr

Mum's Vege Patch - Development Season

A profound slice of life. Mum’s Vege Patch explores the relationship between three sisters, their Mum, and the things we grow inside us. Have we done enough weeding to sustain what we’ve planted? A dark comedy about a funeral and losing Mum’s ashes.

2 May

Instant Theatre

Our cast helps two characters struggling to overcome their flaws, to win everything they desire. Will they?

2 May


Two directors will need the audience to suggest games to put these (more or less) talented improvisors to the test. Will they break under pressure, or will they shine? We need people who are not afraid to judge.

3 May

Doom & Bloom Presents: CONTROVERSY

Doom & Bloom likes to push the envelope, usually in unwise ways. Come watch us absurdly explore controversies that probably don’t deserve the attention.

3 May

The Big HOO-HAA! Pōneke

The Hearts stand valiant in one corner. The Bones hunger for glory in the other. Two teams vie for your applause in this completely improvised competition!

4 May

Late Night Knife Fight

Three improv teams face off in a battle for glory, honour, & the audience's favour. We'll bring the knives; you bring the judgement.

4 May

Bats with Eyes

Watch as we explore new worlds and strange relationships though soundscape and scene painting in this unique improvised show.

7 - 26 May


Get your giggle on, the NZ international Comedy Festival is taking over this May. With almost 20 shows Comedy Fest shows right here at BATS there's something to reach everyones funny bone.

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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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