Onstage Dating at The Melbourne Fringe Festival

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I am going on more first dates- live onstage!

If you missed Onstage Dating during the 2016 Festival of Live Art, here’s your chance to catch it’s encore season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Featuring a different volunteer participant each night, Onstage Dating takes the fraught and intoxicating performance of modern courtship to the next level- all in front of the audience.

Onstage Dating toasts the conventions of the traditional first date, testing the commitment and limits of the performer, volunteer and audience alike.

Witness the vulnerability, thrills and heartbreak of the dating experience up close, as I facilitate, interrogate, deconstruct and gleefully destroy the rituals of contemporary romance.

Super-intelligent performanceFOUR STARS – The Age

Amazing, existential-dilemma-driven theatre– Sometimes Melbourne

‘A hilarious shared delight, with moments of poignancy’ – Australian Stage

‘Bron Batten is a national treasure’ – Across the Aisle

It’s on for 11 nights at the North Melbourne Town Hall and you can book tickets HERE

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Sweet Child of Mine at Gilded Balloon for Edinburgh Fringe!

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Sweet Child of Mine has kicked off at Gilded Balloon for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe!

Me and the Scottish dads are having a wonderful time performing together so far- and we’ve still got the rest of the month to go! So buy your tickets quick by clicking on this link

Here are some nice things people have said so far:

‘A poignant metaphor for a whole variety of of intergenerational discussion, and for the process of working through conflicting value systems to discover mutual respect. A thoughtful and well-evolved piece; perhaps even one to take your parents to. FOUR STARS’ BROADWAY BABY

‘Unforgettable FOUR STARS’ EDFEST MAG

‘You can’t fail to be moved’ ONE 4 REVIEW EDINBURGH

‘Charming, brave and sentimental, Sweet Child of Mine speaks winningly about art, love and respect… Excruciating and hilarious…’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘…Instantly relatable and delightfully unpredictable… Sweet Child of Mine is case-in-point for the transformative power of theatre… FOUR STARS’ TIMEOUT CHICAGO

‘A must-see show… filled to the brim with laughs, captivating stories and refreshing honesty. Incredibly touching’ EXPRESS MEDIA

‘Like a less-entitled Lena Dunham, Batten enjoys exploiting the awkward in the autobiographical… Hilarious’ THE AGE

‘This is a wonderful show. It gently rips the piss out of pretentious contemporary performance while still holding hands with it… A wonky little ball of pure joy’ AUSTRALIAN STAGE

See you there Edinburgh!

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Sweet Child of Mine on tour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I am thrilled to announce that Sweet Child of Mine will be presented at Gilded Balloon as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

For the past 5 years Dad and I have been performing Sweet Child of Mine all over the world, but unfortunately due to illness he’s had to pull out of the tour.

So in a special development, I’ll be appearing with local Dads from all over Edinburgh and surrounds, including special celebrity guest Dads. Come and see a brand new version of this award-winning, internationally acclaimed performance, developed especially for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe- and featuring a different dad every day!

Me and the dads will be performing 25 SHOWS over the whole of August so that means we have quite a few tickets to sell! You can buy one at The Gilded Balloon’s website if you click on the link HERE

I’ve also launched our crowd funding campaign! Help me get to Edinburgh by donating a few dollars at our Go Fund Me campaign page

Any donations large or small would be greatly appreciated!

See you in Edinburgh!

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Post FOLA wrap up!

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I had such a great time at Arts House performing Onstage Dating as part of the 2016 Festival of Live Art!

Thanks to the staff, tech and production crew for making it such a pleasure- and of course to my amazing dates throughout the season!

Here are some nice things that people said:

Bron Batten had 50 first dates last year. She hasn’t given up and in Onstage Dating she dates an audience member. She chose 31-year-old Cameron, who likes milk chocolate, non-fiction and the song ‘Take My Breath Away’. They had cheese and wine, played Twister and got into bed. He wasn’t Bron’s type, but the space between personal exposure and super-intelligent performance disappeared as the audience became almost personally invested in wanting these strangers to fall in love’ FOUR STARS. The Age

‘Amazing, existential-dilemma-driven theatre’ Sometimes Melbourne

‘Onstage Dating is a compelling show, tapping into our intense curiosity about one another and fascination with how attraction plays out… Batten is naturally funny, whether she’s making gags or not- a hilarious shared delight, with moments of poignancy.’  Australian Stage

Thanks to all who came- hopefully I will live to date again!

 

Image by Theresa Harrison Photography

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Onstage Dating at The Festival of Live Art

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I am very excited and also terrified to present my new work Onstage Dating at The Festival of Live Art at North Melbourne’s Arts House in March!

With platforms like Tinder, Grindr and OK Cupid, love’s tender and intimate course has gone public like never before. Dating profiles chart our hopes and dreams for that perfect significant other – laid bare on the internet for anonymous audiences to trawl or troll as they will. Face value is now our only value.

Onstage Dating takes the fraught and intoxicating performance of modern courtship to the next level – from cyberspace to live onstage. Featuring a fresh volunteer participant each night, Onstage Dating toasts the conventions of the traditional first date, testing the commitment and limits of performer, volunteer and audience alike.

Witness the vulnerability, thrills and heartbreak of the dating experience up close, as I facilitate, interrogate, deconstruct and gleefully destroy the rituals of contemporary romance

Details and tickets HERE

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Sweet Child of Mine goes on tour to The Wellington Fringe

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Dad and I are dusting off our passports and heading back out on the road again with our 2011 show Sweet Child of Mine, this time to the Wellington Fringe Festival in New Zealand!

We’ll be performing at BATS Theatre at 8.30pm from the 25th until the 29th of February. You can find more details and book tickets HERE

Image by Theresa Harrison Photography

 

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The Dad Show at Midsumma!

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Presented by Midsumma and Bron Batten, ‘The Dad Show’ will see some of Melbourne’s best queer artists performing live onstage – with their Dads!

Encompassing music, theatre, live-art and comedy/tragedy, this special one-off event celebrates artists and their fathers, as well as father figures in their many forms.

FEATURING:

Michael Dalton AKA Dolly Diamond
Wes Snelling
Simon Abrahams
Dan Goronszy
Isabel Angus

And pleased to be announcing Catherine Ryan and her Pa to the line up!

Hosted by Bron Batten and her Dad James, these unique collaborations between Dads and their artistic offspring are not to be missed!

‘Salt of the earth meets high camp… Exquisite’ Realtime

BOOK TICKETS HERE or HERE

The Dad Show was originally commissioned through Punctum Inc’s Seedpod Amplified residency program and was also produced by the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival at The North Melbourne Town Hall

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The Dad Show at Melbourne Fringe!

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I am very pleased to announce that I will be presenting The Dad Show at The Melbourne Fringe Festival as a part of their club program at The North Melbourne Town Hall.

The show features an exciting line up of artists including:

Michael and Max Mildren from the Melbourne Fringe show MAN/MACHINE

Christian Bagin

David Pidd and his father, plus his daughter Alice

Simoncee Page Jones

And none other than the Melbourne Fringe CEO himself, Simon Abrahams and his Pa!

With more acts to be announced…

The night will be hosted by myself and my Dad James on tuesday the 29th of September at 9.30pm. And it’s also FREE! You can visit the Melbourne Fringe website for more information HERE

 

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The Last Tuesday Society presents Pimp My Play as part of the 2015 NEON season at The Melbourne Theatre Company

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Richard Higgins and I are very pleased to announce that The Last Tuesday Society will be ‘pimping a play’ from the canon as the special closing event of the 2015 NEON season of independent theatre at The Melbourne Theatre Company.

We’ll have more news on what that play might be and the collaborating artists soon, but in the meantime here’s a link to an article about the season in The Sydney Morning Herald.

We’ve also started to sell tickets! The show is for one night only on the 25th of July, so to make sure you don’t miss out, buy your tickets HERE

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Cite residency- in Paris!

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I am currently lucky enough to be in Paris, at the Cite Internationale des Arts undertaking a three month residency funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

I’m here researching a new theatre work, attending the Nice Carnival and interning with some local arts companies. I’m also trying to resist the baked goods!

There will be more exciting developments for the year to announce soon, but in the meantime you can visit the Cite’s website here

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