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Bats Theatre: Shakespeare and Beer

Bats Theatre: Shakespeare and Beer

Kia ora and welcome to another week of excellent theatre at BATS. This week we have two treats for you - the Bacchanals present Romeo and Juliet, and Duncan Sarkies brings you I'd Love To Have A Beer With Duncan.

Next week the Fringe BATS with Yatra by the Untouchables Collective.

See you soon at 1 Kent Terrace x the BATS crew

Romeo and Juliet
Season: Tuesday 27 - Saturday 31 January
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $15 waged/ $10 concession

Wellington's most fearless theatre company take on Shakespeare's most clichéd play. A classic tale of boy meets girl, boy stalks girl and turns up under her balcony in middle of the night, boy kills girl's cousin, girl drinks sleeping potion, messenger gets waylaid, boy drinks poison, girl disembowels herself, friar and nurse escape unpunished and feuding families erect statues of their dead kids. There's also two hours of traffic and a famous speech about a fairy.

Hard on the heels of their sell-out STAB 2003 production of Euripides' The Bacchae, The Bacchanals premiere their new production of Romeo and Juliet in an exclusive, week-long preview season at BATS before kicking off a tour of the North Island. If you haven't seen them do Shakespeare before then don't miss this opportunity to find out why The Bacchanals "are to classical theatre what Jimi Hendrix is to the blues" (

The Bacchanals are a company dedicate to pushing text-based theatre to the edge. Their shows have included Aristophanes' The Frogs, the NZ premiere of Sarah Kane's Crave and acclaimed productions of Othello, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Check out their website at

I'd Love To Have A Beer with Duncan
Season: Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January
Time: 10pm Tickets: $15 waged/ $12 concession and a FREE BEER!

Fresh from the success of his one man show Wild Man Eyes ­ which toured festivals throughout New Zealand, Duncan Sarkies presents his brand new Œfresh-off-the-shelf' show, "I'd Love To Have A Beer With Duncan". It's kind of like a music show, except its not, and it's kind of like stories, but not quite ­ it's an aural treat, as Duncan Sarkies moves through a range of characters, including God, a dirty old air traffic controller, an astronaut on Mars, a mathematics pornographer, Arthur C Clarke, C S Lewis, two blokes discussing Elton John, and the Surgeon General.

Duncan Sarkies is mostly known as a writer of Scarfies, but he has also written many plays, which have been performed all around the world. His book Stray Thoughts And Nose Bleeds was awarded best first book at the Montana NZ Book Awards. He has also won a variety of awards in film and theatre, including for his one man show, "Wild Man Eyes".

"I laugh with my legs in the air, and my legs were in the air the whole time" ­ a woman, watching Wild Man Eyes in Nelson. "I'm from Oamaru, and I was moved" ­ her husband.

He is accompanied by Nick McGowan, Wellington's own musical enchilada, playing a mix of antiquated electrica and quietly-creeping mystic supersonica. He is well known for his work with choreographer Raewyn Hill, which has thrilled crowds around the country.

This promises to be the beginning of a beautiful thing. TWO SHOWS ONLY. DON'T MISS IT!!!

BATS Theatre 1 Kent Terrace Wellington, Aotearoa bookings 802 4175 office 802 4176 fax 802 4010 Romeo and Juliet - 27 - 31 Jan I'd Love to Have a Beer with Duncan - 30 + 31 Jan

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