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SPRING PITCHES ARE OPEN

We are inviting artists across all genres of live performance & theatre to pitch your shows to finish up this year at BATS!

Our Spring Season covers October, November and December 2024, and pitches are open until 5pm Monday 22nd July.

You could be a first time theatre maker, an established artist or community group wanting to bring people together in an artistic way.

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On now

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.

18 - 22 Jun
opening night

Hector

Hector Berlioz, the 19th-century French composer, and Hector Wong, Chinese Wellingtonian, inexplicably find themselves in a room together. What else are they to do but talk to each other?

18 - 23 Jun
opening night

Heartbreak Hotel

This one's for the young hearts, the old hearts, and the broken hearts.

18 Jun
opening night

Live Streamed/ Captioned - Heartbreak Hotel

Live-Streamed/ Captioned version, thanks to the ANZ Staff Foundation. This one's for the young hearts, the old hearts, and the broken hearts.

Coming up

9 - 13 Jul

Hine Te Rēhia

Created and performed by an all female BIPOC cast, this multilingual theatre experience features waiata, poi, haka, poetic text, hip-hop, contemporary and Pasifika dance.

9 - 13 Jul

Boys and Girls at the School Silent Disco

It’s disco time at Ngaio Primary! Prepare for their emotional battle of ideals to sweep you away, in this nostalgic romp celebrating youth, sincerity, and Britney Spears!

16 - 20 Jul

Limbo

Shortlisted for Playmarket's Playwrights b4 25 competition for 2024 and inspired by Dante's 'Inferno'. As washed-up comedian David Noble peels back the layers of wrongs never righted, he's forced to confront the sins of his past to better his future.

16 Jul

Improv Tech Operator Training

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

23 - 27 Jul

When We Were Us

A new musical about love, loss and the ones you never truly got over.

23 - 27 Jul

Two Girls One Gun

MI6’s recently demoted and not-so-top agent Steele, Vaja Steele (Phoebe Caldeiro) prepares for her toughest mission yet… teamwork.

30 Jul - 3 Aug

Your Body Is A Wasteland

Our body. My body. Your body. We’re all trapped in here. In the near future, a Wanderer walks through a wasteland, on a journey with no end. A multimedia fairytale about surviving chronic health conditions, no matter how matter how much it hurts.

28 - 31 Aug

Midnight Confessions

Heartbreaker Productions are back with their fan-favourite show 'Midnight Confessions'.

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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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