Pitching & Performance Agreement

Pitching a show

BATS has an open pitching policy. We’re keen to hear from anyone with a bold new performance idea!

We programme our theatre spaces three to six months in advance. While we don’t have fixed deadlines (except for Festivals) it’s best to get in touch well in advance as you’re more likely to secure your preferred space and dates. Programming for the NZ Fringe Festival and the NZ International Comedy festival is a different basket of bats. To find out more about how take part during festival time read about Festivals at BATS.

Pitching a BATS show is relatively informal. The first step is to get in touch with BATS’ Programme Manager by phone or email. Arrange a time to meet or skype and email through any supporting material you might have. Pitch documents, scripts and images are useful, but not always essential.

 Pitching for a BATS show generally requires you to have a prospective creative team lined-up already. We might be able to help you connect with other creatives who can lend a hand if you need it.

The only time BATS commissions a show is for our annual STAB and STAB Lab commissions.


Your Performance Agreement

When it’s time to make things official you’ll need to sign a Performance Agreement on behalf of your group. BATS’ Programme Manager will arrange this with you, and step you through the agreement.

Your BATS Performance Agreement is not just a contract. It contains:

  • Key information about your season, ticketing and access to the spaces,

  • The stuff we’ll take care of,

  • What you need to take care of.

Some of it seems like ‘fine print’ but please read over it in detail. Forward it on to your team so everyone knows what has been agreed to.