Thursday, June 21, 2012
#1852 ... Doorway to the Stars
BATS Theatre is an intimate theatre in downtown Wellington. They are committed to bringing you a range of exciting works and are proud to be supporters of burgeoning New Zealand talent. The iconic Wellington BATS Theatre building was bought by movie moguls Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh in Novemebr 2011. The couple purchased 1 Kent Tce, which has been the theatre's home for 22 years in the Courtenay Pl precinct, and granted the company a long term lease. The three-storey 1923 building was offered for sale earlier this year by its previous owner, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, for $1.19 million. "BATS has always fostered original Kiwi talent and provides an incredibly supportive environment for up-and-coming writers, directors, musicians and actors. We feel its unique voice is worth preserving and protecting and we look forward to refurbishing the theatre and enhancing the performance space." BATS has launched the careers of some the capital's most famous actors including the Flight of the Concords duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, Boy director Taika Waititi, Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm, Shortland Street actor Michael Galvin and performer Jacob Rajan. Many plays which premiered there have been picked up by other theatres and festivals including Apollo 13 and Heat.