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BATS is operating under alert level ‘orange’

A reminder what BATS operating under orange looks like:

  • Wearing a mask in all theatre spaces
  • We are sanitising between shows
  • All BATS staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated
  • Bar operates normally with full capacity, social distancing between groups is encouraged
  • We can sell tickets at full capacity

Masks DO still need to be worn when you come to BATS. This includes the Bar, foyer, and all theatre spaces (unless eating, drinking or you are exempt)

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On now

11 - 20 Aug

Man Lessons: The Live Show

Over the past six years, a feature length documentary has been in production following Adam Rohe’s transition. Now – you are invited behind-the-scenes. A visually stunning, live exposé adventure into an already intimate and earnest film.

Coming up

16 - 20 Aug

Trojan War

Like a wild dress-up party, this show combines theatrical magic, twisted pop songs and explosive wit. The most charming performers you can hope to meet play a revolving repertoire of outrageous characters.

17 - 20 Aug


Seven boys, one flat, high stakes, no oven, lots of drugs? Grumpy landlord, looming eviction, where’s Ben? Snappy one liner, too dusty, can’t write, see show...

23 - 27 Aug

Midnight Confessions

When the sun sets, the real girl talk begins...

23 - 27 Aug

In Blind Faith

A queer, diverse Faustian tale set in the New Zealand goldfields, where not all that glitters is gold...

27 Aug

One Act/Play

Four actors, one act, no script. In One Act/Play, the Locomotive team creates a unique, improvised play for you, right now. Will it be touching? Hilarious? Dramatic and heartfelt? Very likely, but you’ll only find out by being there.

30 Aug - 3 Sep

Book Addict by Annie Ruth

Journeys, transformations, adventures and misadventures - books and life intertwine in stories that veer from funny to tragic, dangerous to joyous, always the unvarnished truth.

1 Sep

Tiny Dog

Each month, Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s fierce new improv company will be bringing you fast and loose improvised comedy. Come along for a night of some of Wellington’s most top-of-their-game comedians at their most silly.

1 - 3 Sep

Captain Caketin's Special Recipe

Unbutton your pants for Captain Caketin's Best of Sketch Comedy Show

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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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