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We've farewelled Comedy Festival after some belly aching laughs, now for stomach churning thriller and beautiful music!

Hold onto the edge of your seat with Gavin McGibbon's latest play Handy Man [] opening Tuesday night at 6.30pm. When the toilet of their bach floods, near-divorcees Richard and Clare need a plumber in the middle of nowhere. Dom turns out to be more than happy to oblige, so happy, in fact, that he won't leave… A psychological thriller about isolation, love and a leaky toilet.

The Last 5 Years [] by James Robert Brown opens Thursday night at 8.30pm. With live musicians, watch this musical reveal a relationship from start to finish, from finish to start. This captivating show portrays modern romance in a compelling manner, both funny and poignant.

In other news, BATS is seeking a new Front of House Manager and Publicist! If you have a passion for theatre and people and you're keen to become the new face and voice of BATS Theatre, drop in and pick up a job description now! More information can be found here [] on our website. Applications close this Wednesday 14 May at 5pm.


Handy Man []

Season: Tue 13 - Sat 24 May Time: 6.30pm Tickets: $16 full/ $13 concession

Let Me Lie to You presents by Gavin McGibbon (NZ) Produced by Simon Vincent

A long weekend, a remote bach and a married couple, sounds like a great escape. However for Richard and Clare it's anything but. With divorce looming, they're there to empty the place out, and just when they thought it couldn't get any worse... the toilet floods.

They need a plumber. In the middle of nowhere. But what will it cost them? Dom, however, turns out to be more than happy to oblige, so happy in fact, he won't leave...

Handy Man is a psychological thriller about isolation, love and a leaky toilet.

"Scary people have to come from somewhere- why not the Yellow Pages?"

From the writer of After Service and Stand Up Love.

"Classy Kiwi theatre"- Capital Times (After Service)

"Excellent"- Theatreview (Stand Up Love)


The Last Five Years []

Season: Thurs 15 - Sat 24 May Time: 8.30pm Tickets: $20 full / $13 concession

A Musical by Jason Robert Brown

Produced by: totalTHEATRE

Directed by: Nigel Edgecombe. A fresh and contemporary musical from Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years chronicles a young couple's romance in a compelling new way: her story starts at the end of their relationship; his begins on the day they meet. Funny and poignant, the show captures some of the most heartbreaking and exhilarating moments of modern romance. Starring Nigel Edgecombe and Sarah Lineham, with Musical Direction from Tom McLeod."Compulsively enjoyable ... Unpredictably heartfelt insights, energized by a seductive, rhythmic drive ... Poignant and ironic." -Linda Winer, The New York PostBOOK NOW []


WIN double passes! We're just GIVING them away this week!

If you book into see Handy Man [] on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, you will go into the draw to win your tickets for free! (maxiumum of two tickets, opening night booking excluded). Winners will be notified when they come to collect their tickets. All you have to do is book []in for the show!

Also, this week you can be in to win yourself a double pass to the opening night of Gavin McGibbon's latest play, Handy Man []. Just tell us where scary people can come from to be in the draw!

This competition will be drawn randomly on Tuesday 13 May at 3pm.ENTER NOW []

Mental Health Break

How to describe this...other than how to fall with style []! Check it out.

Always wanted an Etch a Sketch []? Now you can go for it!

Have you come across a video clip or website that keeps you sane at work] and we might pop it in a future BATSmail.

To book for any performance at BATS simply email book[at] with your name, number of tickets and date you wish to attend. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show. Splendid!


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