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So much passion at BATS

Kia ora BATS mates!

Two exciting and different plays battle it out at BATS this week.

Must close Saturday: 'Kikia Te Poa' (Kick the Boer) by Matthew Saville,

'tense and exciting new play... impeccable performances... BATS Theatre
seems too small to contain so much passion... aims to explore some of
the connections between New Zealand and South Africa through, rugby, land and race. Like all good plays, it is more universal than that' (Dominion post, 25 July)

And don't miss Michaela Manley's premiere of 'Low Creatures' a psychological game of cat and mouse underscored by live original music. Tuesday - Saturday only!

To make sure you don't miss out - book by email: or
phone: (04) 802 4175. Please include your name, the show name/s and the date/s of the performance you would like to attend, and the number of tickets.

Next week at BATS: 'Baghdad, Baby!' by Dean Parker, directed by Jean Betts.
An exotic tragi-comic war epic. Opens 3 August.

More info next week or check out



Now on:

'Kikia Te Poa' by Matthew Saville, directed by Larry Rew
Season: Wednesday 20th ­ Saturday 30th July (no show sun / mon)
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $16 full / $12 concession

A Maori, a Pakeha and an Afrikaner walk into a war.

Based on real events, 'Kikia Te Poa' is about the birth of a rivalry that would last one hundred years - on the rugby field, and in the politics of two very different nations. Rugby, war and national identity are all sites of conflict for the individuals caught up in the Boer War.

Written by Matthew Saville, writer of 'The Boxer' (Circa, BATS).

'Low Creatures' by Michaela Manley
Season: Tuesday 26 ­ Saturday 30 July
Time: 9.30pm
Tickets: $15 full / $12 concession

Mat returns one night to find himself hostage in his own house, the intruder's motives not initially clear.
A psychological game of cat and mouse ensues underscored by an original soundtrack played on stage by a six-piece ensemble.

A darkly comic noir-style musical thriller exploring the changing power dynamics between two men.


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