BATS and RNZ have partnered in the Live on Stage. Now! initiative. The project makes audio recordings of selected productions and events live on stage at BATS over a 12-month period. RNZ and BATS hope to make top-quality New Zealand stage works more available to audiences everywhere, within the theatre itself and further out.
The partnership means greater opportunities for New Zealand artists, and a chance for more people to access fantastic new Kiwi theatre productions. Recorded productions are played on air on RNZ once at the beginning of the on-stage season at BATS, and then become available online on the RNZ website for a limited time after the stage run ends.
Adam Macaulay, RNZ’s Commissioning Editor for Drama, says “It’s about giving these productions a nation-wide profile, increasing the buzz around them and extending their life beyond the walls of the theatre. And we get to support the great work BATS is doing.”
Heather O’Carroll, Programme Manager at BATS says, “We are thrilled to partner with RNZ, another vital organisation in Wellington's artistic community, to provide a valuable opportunity to showcase our artists and BATS Theatre as a home for new New Zealand work on a national platform.”
The first recording for Live On Stage. Now! is of the production, Vanilla Miraka by Hayley Sproull. This recording was broadcast on Nights on Radio New Zealand with Bryan Crump on 28 October 2016.
The second recording was of Improdome, which was part of the New Zealand Improv Festival. It was broadcast on 5 October 2016.
The third recording was of Wine Lips by Sam Brooks. It was broadcast on 30 November 2016.
The fourth recording was of No Science to Goodbye by Annabel Wilson. It was broadcast on 3 May, 2017.
You can stay up to date with the latest recordings here.
BATS and RNZDrama have also joined forces to present ROTN (Right On The Night) - Live From BATS, a series of satirical recordings featuring a live audience who become part of the onstage action to provide characters and foley and explore the current affairs news of the day, through the lens of a roving reporter travelling through time investigating significant historical events or characters.
You can listen to the latest ROTN - Live From BATS recording here