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Last week to get Young and Batty!

Young and Hungry winds to a close this Saturday, so there are just five more chances to check out these great new New Zealand shows. I have (finally) seen them all, and can honestly say there is something in there for everyone. There are some great performances, some interesting design and lots of zombies, so check out the theatre makers of the future before they are stars!

We are looking ahead to our annual Maintenace Week as well, a chance to get the place spic and span for the rest of the year. We need all the help we can get, so have a look below about how you can volunteer to help out your favourite theatre! We often have free tickets and other assorted treats lying about the place for people that can give us a little bit of their time...

I've just come back from a great photo shoot for the BATS Christmas spectacular. I'm not going to tell you what it is yet, but keep your eyes peeled for details of another fantastic festive treat!

And finally, we farewelled Front-of-House Manager Jackson Coe this week - he is off to NYC to do a bit of study and we wish him all the best! Jen O'Sullivan steps up into the manager role, and we will have couple of new faces at the box office over the next few weeks - say hi to Fleur and Dasha next time you're in!

See you at the theatre!


For Johnny

by Whiti Hereaka

part of the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre

FINAL WEEK!! until Saturday 6th August @ 6.30pm

$16 / $14 / School Group 10+ $12 / Season Pass $42 / $30 / $28

"a tight ensemble...humorous and poignant." - Theatreview

"an absolute treat" - Capital Times

Set during the final year of high school, friendships will evolve, as the fleeting nature of life becomes an abrupt reality. For Johnny is a beautifully moving drama about six young people dealing with love, life and loss.


Hearts Encoded

by Aaron Alexander

part of the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre

FINAL WEEK!! until Saturday 6th August @ 8pm

$16 / $14 / School Group 10+ $12 / Season Pass $42 / $30 / $28

"elegance in the direction...the cast all look beautiful" - Theatreview

"completely different...the cast made us care for them" - Capital Times

A surreal virtual world is brought to life, blurring the lines between the three-dimensional world and reality. Hearts Encoded is a love story where the line between appearance and reality merges and a change of identity is always just a click away.



by Thomas Sainsbury

part of the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre

FINAL WEEK!! until Saturday 6th August @ 9.30pm

$16 / $14 / School Group 10+ $12 / Season Pass $42 / $30 / $28

"copious amounts of blood...the zombies look awesomely gory...more comical than" - Theatreview

"the band of zombies really worked up a sweat" - Capital Times

The continued existence of New Zealanders is under threat by a blood-thirsty mob of the living dead. Disorder is a riotous gore-fest offering side-splitting action - hold on to your seat and hope you make it out alive!


Half an Hour in Heaven Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

by David Lawrence, Salesi Le'ota and Hannah Neilsen-Jones

Thursday 4th August - Saturday 6th August @ 8.15pm

KOHA - in the Pit Bar

Theatre and alcohol - a midwinter love story. Join us in the cosy confines of the Pit Bar for this well-fed alternative to Young and Hungry!


and in The Pit Bar...

Make the most of the Pit Bar this week as we'll be taking a week off to spruce the place up a bit. Random drink specials and general good times guaranteed! Bring yourself in from the cold and make a night of it!

BATS classic Scrabble night, plus happy hour from 5.30pm.

Half an Hour Before the Devil Knows You're Dead on in the Pit at 8.15pm. Pay what you think it's worth after the show! Closing night party for Young and Hungry on Saturday too!

Coming Right Up...


by Richard Huber

Tuesday 16th - Saturday 27th August (no show Saturday 20th August) @ 8.30pm

$18 / $13 / $14 Groups 6+

When Gloria Lord, a rich, bored socialite meets would-be writer Jimmy, she decides there and then that she will marry him - no matter what he says. A sophisticated (and slapstick), screwball comedy from New Zealand writer Richard Huber.

Starring Anya Tate-Manning (McKenzie Country) and Sam Bunkall (Pirate vs Ninjas)


Win cool stuff!

Richard Huber's Glorious has already had slamming seasons in Dunedin and Christchurch, and we are stoked to have a double pass to give away to the Wellington opening. It's a classic screwball comedy, so to be in to win simply tell me your favourite black and white movie. I've always loved the opening bit of The Wizard of Oz. That counts right....?

Congrats to last weeks winner Robin Murphy who has won our final double season pass to Young and Hungry. Awesome!


Maintenance Week

BATS keeps our prices cheap as chips so you guys can see the freshest work in town. Now, this comes at a bit of a cost for us, which is that we rely on volunteers to help us out with making the theatre a sweet place to work in and see shows. week (until Friday 12 August) is the great BATS maintenance week, where we clean, preen, paint, drill, fix and generally make the place better. We’d love it if you could please come help!

We’ll be doing the work all next week from 9am – 6pm and no amount of time you can spare is too small. Just make sure you don’t wear your Sunday best. We’d hate to get gunk on your junk.

Just email with when we can expect you to come help out, along with a contact numberor email - we will be in touch to confirm!

Mental Health Break

The simulator. Pointless? You decide.

Animation is amazing.

iPhones are amazing. And a bit stupid.

Remember Marky Mark in the 90's? POW!

Email me if you have any sweet links!


To book for any performance at BATS email with your name, the show, date and number of tickets. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show. Choice! SPREAD THE WORD


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