5 - 9 March



Event duration icon Duration

60 mins

Explore BATS' programme for the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2024

We're excited for you all to experience this amazing line-up. To help you see as many shows as possible, we're introducing the BATS "All-Nighter-Ticket" this year. Simply pick a date, and you can see all of the shows scheduled to perform at BATS that night for $60. 

See individual show pages for access to this deal or CLICK HERE.


by Rachel McLean

blackpill is a new work in development, a verbatim solo play by writer/director Rachel McLean, performed by Sean Burnett Dugdale-Martin. It is found in the forums where incels (involuntary celibates) preach their dogmatic ideology, express profound hatred for women, and share their own pervasive loneliness.

Darkly funny, occasionally disturbing, and so unbelievable it could only be real, blackpill pulls back the curtain and breaks down the pipeline from online extremism to real-world terror. The play asks how we reckon with the existence of these communities, their allure to young men, the paths to deradicalization, and contemplates whether we can — or even should — welcome those ensnared by incel ideology back into society.

CONTENT FORECAST: blackpill contains sexual content, hate speech, suicidal ideation, coarse language, aggressive behaviour, flashing lights; and references to mass shootings, body dysmorphia, misogynistic violence, and mental disorders. Recommended 18+

Creative Team

Writer & Director - Rachel McLean

Performer - Sean Burnett Dugdale-Martin

Production Manager - Tasman Hughes

Intimacy Coordinator - Angela Pelham

AV & Graphic Design - Michiel van Echten

Costume Design - Salomé Grace 

Set Design - Sam Hearps