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Bats Update: Kia ora BATS affiliates

Kia ora BATS affiliates,

Two cutting edge shows continue this week until Saturday 31st July:

At 7pm: Theatre Pataphysical's production of 'ACTION' by Sam Shepard, directed by Ryan Hartigan.

At 8.30pm: 'FOX LIVINGSTONE - RETURN OF THE KING', written and performed by Felicity McDonnell, directed by Gabe McDonnell.

And to whet your appetites, here's what the critics said:

'Sam Shepard's 'Action', like Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot', turns our theatrical expectations upside down... 'This production of 'Action' by Theatre Pataphysical confirms that the success of 'After Kafka', seen earlier this year at the Fringe Festival, was by no means a one-off... Ryan Hartigan has drawn from his four actors sterling performances, and in the final scene - when Shooter is hiding crab-like under an armchair, the two women are hanging up the washing and Jeep is crying in the wilderness - he has given Shepard's images a dynamic force.' (Laurie Atkinson, 'Dominion Post')

'Fox Livingstone has seen better days. A few short decades ago, he was right up there with the Beatles and suspiciously intimate with Blondie. Now? The phone hasn't rung in twenty years... Living in a drug induced past, Fox recalls encounters with famous musicians and actors, their voices prompted by the bodiless, ever present questioning of an interviewer who is as real to Fox as the vodka he's been drinking. 'Felicity McDonnell delivers all this with a script which is funny, sharp, and enhanced by her brilliant understated comic timing. Her performance is extremely enjoyable, especially when hysterically original lyrics are sung to songs that will evoke nostalgia in anyone who loves classic hits - or hates them.' (Sarah, 'The Package')

Tickets to both shows are just $15 waged / $12 concession.

TO BOOK for either of these shows, simply hit reply to this email with your name, number of tickets you want to book, the show you want to book for, and the date you want to attend. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show.

... And the first two people to correctly answer the following question by return email will get a two-for-one ticket to one of this week's shows: 'Who sang the original version of one of Fat Man Fox Livingstone's biggest hits, 'Heart of Glass'?'

As well as seeing BATS for real in its beautiful new paint job when you come to the shows above, we feature briefly in local documentary 'Frodo is Great... Who Is That?!!!', screening in the Wellington Film Festival. Check out BATS 'old boy' Bret McKenzie and the FIGWIT phenomenon ! Screenings: Friday 30 July, 12.15pm and 1.30pm (City Gallery) and Saturday 31 July, 11.30am (Paramount Cinema)

And also on each night until July 31, the clinic's touring production 'The Peculiar Case of Clara Parsons', on at Shed 11. Catch this very innovative production before it heads north for its Auckland season.

Love from the BATS Crew


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