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16 - 17 September

Gag Reflex: A Scandalous Solo Show


Event duration icon Duration

55 mins


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Gag Reflex: A Scandalous Solo Show

Presented by Hugo Grrrl

Rachel Atlas has a complicated relationship with danger. From teenage stripper to sword swallower, from accidental dominatrix to knife-thrower’s assistant, she’s never been able to resist living on the edge. In this riotous tell-all debut solo show, expect to be thrilled by world-class stunts, raw humour and the heart-warming journey of a dangerous woman finally finding safety.

Rachel Atlas is an internationally renowned circus performer and a veteran of the vaudeville and Fringe Festival circuits the world over. Gag Reflex will be her first autobiographical work: lifting the curtain on her fascinating life of salacious sexual exploits, bad trips, worse men, and, of course, death-defying misadventures.

A thrilling, titillating, tear-jerking theatre full of world-class stunts and winner of the 2022 NZ Fringe Festival Best in Fringe Award, Gag Reflex is a heart-warming feminist story not to be missed!

Atlas is a natural on stage and threw herself wholeheartedly into each scene.
Lilli Margaret, Art Murmurs, 2022

Creative Team

Creator & Performer: Rachel Atlas

Producer: George Fowler/Hugo Grrrl

Director: Sabrina Martin

Director Mentor: Sameena Zehra

Assistant Producer: Petra Shotwell

Lighting & Projection Designer: Bekky Boyce

Sound Designer: Maxwell Apse

Stage Manager: James Kiesel

Set Designer / Assistant Stage Manager: Erika Takahashi

Costume Design: Go Go Amy

The Stage is wheelchair accessible. For full details about accessibility at BATS, Click here.

TAHI Festival

A celebration of solo artists, TAHI is a ten-day Festival from 8-17 September dedicated to showcasing the finest and most engaging solo performances from all around Aotearoa. With events across Pōneke in 2022, check out our website for all the details and to book. www.tahifestival.com

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Content Warnings

  • Adult sexual references
  • Mentions of assault and rape
  • Deaf-defying circus acts that may not suit people of a nervous disposition
  • Smoke that may not suit people with asthma
  • R16+