New theatre for January

New theatre for January.

Wellington can become a bit of a ghost town over the Christmas break, as people venture off in search of sun and beaches. This year the exodus was a little ironic, given that Christmas Day here was an absolute stunner, and New Year’s pretty much bucketed down no matter where you were in the country.

Not only do locals head out of town, but some of our institutions take a well-deserved break. BATS Theatre – having received the best Christmas gift of all with the news that their Kent Terrace location was safe – shut up shop for 2011 on 17 December.

BATS’ month-long hiatus is almost over however, with the first show of the new year being Lonely Heart, a musical(!) based on the true story of the notorious Lonely Heart Killers, who in the late 1940s were believed to have killed as many as 20 women after meeting each other through a personal ad. This story has made it to the screen several times now, but never like this…

During the last week of Lonely Heart’s run, BATS will play host to Munted – a documentary theatre project about the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, edited together from interviews with reporters and the local community. Then the final new show for January will be The Long Weekend, an improv show from The Polaroid Collective which actually made its debut during last year’s New Zealand Improv Festival – but of course, given that it’s improv, every show is new…

There’s one more piece of theatre news coming up this month: the 2012 Fringe Festival programme is about to be released. Keep your eyes peeled on January 26 to find out what wonders the Fringe will have in store for us this year.

Lonely Heart, 17 – 28 January 2012
Munted, 24 – 28 January 2012
The Long Weekend, 31 January – 4 February 2012
The New Zealand Fringe Festival, 10 February – 3 March 2012

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