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NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

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

28 May - 1 Jun

Femme Natale - The Queen Years

‘The Queen Years’ is a brand-new Femme Natale show with brand new sketches. This time, it’s about those extraordinary years in a parent’s life when we must re-emerge from the baby hole and find ourselves again as individuals. R18

28 May - 1 Jun

Iphigeneia At Aulis

A gut-wrenching Greek tragedy about family, morality, and the sacrifices demanded by love and war.

28 May - 30 Sep

Live Streamed /captioned performances (watch at home)

Thanks to the generosity of the ANZ Staff Foundation, BATS Theatre is partnering with artists to produce a number of Captioned Live Streamed shows this year. Find out what's coming up.

28 May - 30 Sep

AUDIO DESCRIPTION AND TOUCH TOUR performances

Thanks to the generosity of the ANZ Staff Foundation, BATS Theatre is partnering with artists to produce a number of Audio Described shows this year. Find out what's coming up.

30 May
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Live Streamed/ Captioned - Femme Natale

Live-Streamed/ Captioned version, thanks to the ANZ Staff Foundation. ‘The Queen Years’ is a brand-new Femme Natale show with brand new sketches. R18

1 Jun

Playreading - Tūī Girls

When Nan returns to spend her last few days with her beloved mokos before te rerenga wairua, the four girls are thrilled. As the closing of the Nan's coffin approaches, though, the four girls must come to terms with her loss.

Coming up

4 Jun

Improv Tech Operator Training

A workshop in operating lights, sound and tech for improv theatre shows.

5 - 9 Jun

Confessions of a Sleepwalking Insomniac

Briar’s always been a sleepwalker, but it’s no longer just her REM cycle that's suffering. Based on the true story of a series of things that didn’t really happen, playwright Helen Vivienne Fletcher draws on her lifetime of sleep misadventures.

6 Jun

Micetro

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.

6 Jun

Instant Theatre

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

6 Jun

Live Streamed/ Captioned - Confessions of a Sleepwalking Insomaic

Live-Streamed/ Captioned version, thanks to the ANZ Staff Foundation. Based on the true story of a series of things that didn’t really happen, playwright Helen Vivienne Fletcher draws on her lifetime of sleep misadventures.

7 Jun

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.

7 Jun

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!

8 Jun

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.

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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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Accessibility

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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