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24 May - 3 Jun

Too Much Hair

A new musical cabaret about gender euphoria for Thems, Femmes, Mens and everyone in-between.

Coming up

31 May - 3 Jun


A two-woman, feminist poetry show confronting the narrative that women are too emotional and celebrating the hysteria in all of us.

4 Jun

Fresh Off The Page

Contemporary Asian plays hot off the press, performed in a series of free play readings by Pōneke-based artists. This month we present a reading of "Marvel or DC" written by Dylan Mathew Prasad Menon and directed by Sameena Zehra.

7 - 11 Jun

The Adults Are Talking

2002. Wellington. Student politics. President Sasha just wants certain, safe trips home at night. The only issue is — she needs a majority vote from the exec — a "Boy's Club".

10 - 18 Jun


Kitchen sink drama set in 1970’s Aotearoa seethes and explodes like a domestic opera, up against a backdrop of one of the most turbulent times in our country's history.

10 - 18 Jun


Wellington, 1956. Youth in Revolt. Welcome to the world of misfits, outcasts, juvenile delinquents, sexual immorality & the birth of Rock and Roll.

14 - 18 Jun

The Final Hours Hour

The world has ended, and one lone soul surviving in a bunker broadcasts a show to anyone who might be listening across the very dead air. A solo comedy play about loneliness, apocalypse and the things we do to counteract them both. Also: onions.

20 Jun

Motif: Team Slam

Poetical, theatrical and oh so competitive. Wellington’s first team slam is going to be fierce. Teams of four from across pōneke will slam it out to win the title. Each team will perform 4 poems (both team poems and single poet poems) in typical slam

21 - 23 Jun

He Maori?

What it means to be both the coloniser and the colonised. A fun, quirky and thought-provoking journey of self-identity. He Māori? He aha? Is he?

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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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