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We're kicking off our big birthday celebrations with two fabulous productions in one action-packed week.

As a birthday present to us both shows are kindly donating 35% of their box office income to BATS, so we can continue our mahi. Tiwhas x BATS and Milly Monka's Milk Factory are showing back to back, so why not make a night of it and see both!

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On now

19 Apr

Playreading - Dark Matter

A crew journey millions of miles away, in search of the unknown. However, what they stumble upon could change everything. But should they let everyone on Earth know the truth? With a day before the descent home, a choice has to be made.

19 - 21 Apr


A contemporary retelling of the ancient myth of Helios and the fall of Phaeton.

20 Apr

Dinosaurs - Music Release

Join us in celebrating the release of Katreena Erin's next single, "Dinosaurs". Come along for an evening of intimate folk music, including a sneak peek preview of the song before it's officially released!

Coming up

25 - 27 Apr

Mum's Vege Patch - Development Season

A profound slice of life. Mum’s Vege Patch explores the relationship between three sisters, their Mum, and the things we grow inside us. Have we done enough weeding to sustain what we’ve planted? A dark comedy about a funeral and losing Mum’s ashes.

7 - 11 May

The Koru Hour: 2 Elite 2 Handle

Live like the New Zeelund elite!

7 - 11 May

Japanese Aussie

A show about a Japanese boy who tries to show you his understanding and love about Western culture and people.

7 - 11 May

Hoani Hotene: Hoh Mamma Jamma

The Hoh' Mamma Jamma hour is an hour of energy, absurdity, and observation

7 - 11 May

Highly Credible

Alice Snedden returns with Highly Credible a brand new hour of stand-up!

7 - 11 May


2024 Billy T Award Nominee Liv McKenzie is the real deal.

7 - 11 May

Purple is the Gayest Colour

Alayne never forgets an insult, in fact she wrote a whole show about it.

14 - 18 May

Pus Goose

Part stand-up, part theatrical nightmare, this absurdist comedy show is all about conquering your greatest fears.

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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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