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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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16 - 20 Jul

Improv Week

Calling all Improv lovers! Improv Week is back, with four shows performed by some of the Aotearoa's top improv troupes.

16 - 20 Jul
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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.

20 Jul
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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.

Coming up

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.

7 Aug

Improv Tech Operator Training

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

9 Aug

The Big HOO-HAA! Pōneke

A spontaneous battle of wits between Pōneke's best improvisors!

9 Aug

The Ferris Wheel

Set on the classic fairground ride this unique show will star a rotating (ha!) cast, weaving stories from the lives of the characters, spun more tightly than spun sugar.

10 Aug

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.

13 - 17 Aug

Antarctic Endeavours

Winner of the NZ Fringe Parkin Development Award 2024. Tom and Suzanne Denborough are a lovely young couple looking for a tasteful terracotta townhouse on the outskirts of Antarctica. At least, they think they are. The truth is far stranger.

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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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