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This chrissie, a naughty, hilarious and bizarre take on the classic nativity story hits BATS Theatre from renowned comedy group, PopRox!

A totally improvised rendition on the story of Christmas itself is on the cards as PopRox, with your help, retell the story of the birth of the saviour without knowing a bloody thing about it.

It's silly, it's fun and it's a heck of a lot raunchier than Sunday service with your Nan.


On now

8 Dec

Fresh off the Page: Geoff, the Chicken

Contemporary plays hot off the press, performed in a series of FREE play-readings by Asian Pōneke-based artists. These play-reads are written, read and directed by Asian practitioners.

Coming up

12 - 16 Dec

A Very PopRox Christmas

Three men, a virgin, and a baby. You know the story- they don’t! This Christmas, PopRox improvises their way through the nativity story. This ain’t Sunday service with Nan.

12 - 13 Dec

We Wrote This

Presented by Voice Arts

17 - 20 Jan


Limbo is an original, modern Kiwi adaptation of 1300s epic poem, Dante's Inferno. As washed-up comedian David Noble peels back the layers of wrongs never righted, he is forced to confront the sins of his past to better his future.

17 - 20 Jan

The Lobster

The 2015 award-winning absurdist black comedy film ‘The Lobster’, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, comes to life in this first-of-its-kind stage adaptation, where monogamous romance is mandatory and violently enforced.

24 - 27 Jan

At The Altar

The wedding decorations are to die for.

24 - 27 Jan


A new developing theatre show that explores spirituality, religion and faith though a modern Pasifika lens.

31 Jan - 3 Feb


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31 Jan - 3 Feb

Kia Ora Khalid

Featuring a cast of 16 children in a heart-pounding children’s opera that crosses continents, offering lessons from historical refugee stories.

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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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