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STAB 2006 Follows a Decade Old Tradition

Stab 2006 Follows a Decade Old Tradition

Two secret shows will be announced to friends of BATS Theatre on September 7th in the mysterious Buffalo Lodge above BATS Theatre, celebrating the eleventh season of ground breaking shows that BATS commissions each year.

‘The theatre companies commissioned for STAB 2006 have been responsible for some of the best theatre I have ever seen in Wellington’ says James Hadley, BATS’ Programme Manager. ‘They’ve already proved themselves theatre visionaries, and the shows commissioned promise to go beyond audience expectations. This is going to be one of the strongest STAB seasons ever.’ One of the commissions is so big the boundaries of BATS can’t contain it, so it will be staged at a larger venue; the other commission will fit within BATS, but only by ignoring its usual boundaries…

BATS Theatre is very proud to present STAB – the biggest commission of its kind in the country - made possible due to generous funding from Creative New Zealand. STAB is an annual commission of performance works so cutting edge in their innovations they break the boundaries of audience expectations.

Previous participants have gone on to success both here and abroad, including those illustrious Flight of the Conchord boys, Jo Randerson, Taika Cohen, and Duncan Sarkies.

Last year’s shows were a critical and audience success, with critics saying
‘Like the first STAB 2005 production, ‘Demeter’s Dark Ride’, ‘Head’ is under an hour in length, at times teasingly opaque, often funny, and always stimulating, while testing the boundaries of theatre.’ – Laurie Atkinson, Dominion Post. Head was awarded Most Original Production of the Year at the 2005 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, and has now been picked up for AK07, the Auckland Festival of the Arts.

The 2006 STAB seasons, 17 October – 25 November.


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