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Theatre

May 29, 2016

While Much Ado About Nothing is celebrated as an ageless romantic comedy, THEA302 and THEA308 left us surprisingly overwhelmed with their inquisitive, eclectic shake-up of this Shakespeare classic. Directed by talented practitioner Stella Reid, this unique metatheatrical production is told through the eyes of students. During the show, the ensemble would shift into a “student […]

May 22, 2016

It’s a blustery Tuesday night on Courtenay Place as my boyfriend and I walk hand in hand towards BATS Theatre. Actually it’s more like I’m dragging him along with me. He’s reluctantly agreed to watch a stand-up comedy show with me, and I am hoping to convert him into a theatre fanatic. As we enter […]

May 15, 2016

A major New Zealand playwright, Gary Henderson’s plays include An Unseasonable Fall Of Snow, Peninsula, Home Land, Mo & Jess Kill Susie, Stealing Games, and the internationally successful Skin Tight. Gary received the Playmarket Award in 2013. It’s a Friday afternoon. We sit down with Gary vis-à-vis skype, and in twenty-five minutes he shares with us […]

May 8, 2016

A Trial, devised by Jo Randerson, Maria Williams, Joel Baxendale, Karin McCracken, and Anya Tate-Manning, transformed the dome stage at BATS into a courtroom. With Justice Jody Ranzerson bringing the New Zealand High Court to this beloved theatre space, for five nights, the public was given an opportunity to see a defamation case that TVNZ […]

May 1, 2016

Auckland theatre company, The Town Center has blasted into BATS and rocked our theatre world. With subversive performance tactics, explosive and transformative set design, celebratory spectacle and strong, electric conversation, TITLED and If There’s No Dancing At The Revolution I’m Not Coming have pushed the boundaries of theatre and creativity. In BATS’ foyer, the audience […]

April 17, 2016

  Here we have Jane Yonge, Masters of Theatre Arts, highly regarded and successful New Zealand theatre practitioner. Hey Jane, how are you? (laughs) I’m good! What’s your favourite thing about a career in theatre? Getting to work with heaps of different people. This morning I had a Theatre 204 rehearsal, and now I’m meeting […]

April 10, 2016

The Blue-Bearded Lady, a solo performance by Pipi-Ayesha Evans, hit BATS theatre in March. It is based on the French folktale Blue Beard, a story about a powerful Lord who makes a nasty habit of killing his wives. Evans and her creative team present a subversive theatrical take on a dark, sadistic story. In this […]

April 3, 2016

If you managed to see Small Metal Objects by the Australian company, Back to Back, as part of the NZ Festival you were one lucky person. This production has toured the world, and has been performed in a range of public spaces including railway stations and in the middle of streets. I arrive at TSB […]

April 3, 2016

Sinister, twisted, and unsettling—these are the three words that come to mind when I think about Tim Barcode’s Wolf. The poster for the play is a striking image; a pair of wolf eyes plastered across a young man’s face. Yet the posters hardly served as a hint for what was to come. Hosted at Bats, […]