Onstage Dating nominated for two Green Room Awards and New Zealand tour

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I’ve just gotten back from a tour of Perth and New Zealand to discover that Onstage Dating has been nominated for two Green Room Awards including ‘Best Performer‘ and ‘Innovation in Audience Participation‘ which I’m sincerely chuffed about!

I also had the pleasure of selling out shows in Auckland and Wellington- and I’m heading to The Adelaide Fringe Festival next week. I open on the 28th of February at Gluttony and you can buy tickets for that season HERE

Meanwhile, here’s what very nice things the press in Perth, Auckland and Wellington had to say about the show:

Onstage Dating is one of the cleverest, funniest and most shockingly incredulous experiences of risk I’ve ever seen in a theatre… It is smart as hell, shocking, hilarious, incredibly well-made, awkward and delicious’ – The Plus Ones, Wellington

Onstage Dating is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had, on or off-stage. If you have not bought a ticket yet, do it… Onstage Dating is friggin’ awesome’ – Auckland Theatre Scenes

‘Comedic brilliance… Onstage Dating is a complete success. It is an enigmatic and original performance… Batten’s greatest strength is the relationship she develops with the audience’ – Art Murmurs New Zealand

Onstage Dating is Bron Batten’s sassy, conversational and nerve-wracking little cracker of a performance… And it’s perhaps the most clever example of our empty rituals of dating I’ve ever seen. Onstage Dating pokes perfectly at what is both a baffling art and a complex trauma; goading humans  to risk really looking at another human being’. – Pantograph Punch NZ

Onstage Dating has been nominated for Best Theatre at Fringe World, which is very much deserved… And the very funny heroine is simply a delight’ – Stage Whispers, Perth

‘For a test of inventiveness, this kind of show would be hard to beat’ -Theatreview, NZ

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Onstage Dating nominated for Best Theatre at Perth Fringe!

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Onstage Dating has been nominated for BEST THEATRE at Perth Fringe World Festival!

It’s been a cracking season so far with lovely crowds and nice full houses so don’t miss out, get your tickets HERE!

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Onstage Dating- Australian and New Zealand Tour 2017

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I am thrilled to announce that Onstage Dating will be touring nationally and internationally in 2017!

It will be presented at Fringe World in Perth, Basement Theatre in Auckland NZ, BATS Theatre in Wellington NZ and at Gluttony as part of The Adelaide Fringe.

Buy tickets for each of the seasons here:

January 20th-25th at The Shambles, Perth Cultural Centre Northbridge- BUY TICKETS

February 7th-11th at The Basement Theatre Auckland New Zealand- BUY TICKETS

February 14th-18th at BATS Theatre Wellington, New Zealand BOOK TICKETS

February 28th- March 5th at The Speakeasy, Gluttony Adelaide Fringe Festival BUY TICKETS

Hope to see you there- get your dating shoes on!

xx

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Tiny Hands- A Post Trump Dump

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If you’ve spent the days since November 9th down an internet rabbit hole, reading articles from The Guardian and eating your feelings, then the time has come for the next stage of grieving.

Bron Batten and Schoolhouse Studios proudly present ‘Tiny Hands- A Post Trump Dump’.

It’s a performance, it’s a protest, but most importantly, it’s a party.

Because that’s what us liberal lefties do best!

Join us on saturday the 26th of November for this quick response event as we collectively vent our rage, frustration and sadness about the US election, while at the same time as raising money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and The Trevor Project- a suicide hotline for LGBTIQ youth at risk in the US.

Featuring new world order emergency offerings from artistic geniuses such as:

Ash Flanders (Sixxters Grimm)
Emilie Zoey Baker (Liner Notes)
Natalie Abbott (Deep Soulful Sweats)
Samara Hersch (meta, Sex and Death)
Magic Steven (Magic Steven)

And Isabel Angus (Prime, BLISS!)

With more special guests to be announced!

Hosted by Bron Batten (Onstage Dating, The Last Tuesday Society)

Doors at 7.30, show at 8pm sharp
Schoolhouse Studios, 81 Rupert Street Collingwood

The bar will be open!

$20 full/ $15 concession with 100 percent of proceeds being donated

PRE BOOK TICKETS HERE

Oh and lest this be accused of being the kind of leftist echo chamber that tricked the polls and lost it for Hillary- we’re also extending this event invitation to the Young Liberal Party.

#nojokes

We all need to learn how to get along.

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Onstage Dating winning awards and going on tour!

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After a cracking season at Melbourne Fringe with several sold out shows, I am thrilled to announce that as well as being nominated for Best Performance, Onstage Dating won the Adelaide Fringe Touring Award! That means I’ll be dating more strangers in February/March 2017!

Meanwhile you can read some of the lovely reviews we’ve received for the show so far:

‘Super-intelligent performance’ FOUR STARS The Age

‘If only all awkward first dates were as funny as this’ –Sydney Morning Herald

‘A hilarious shared delight, with moments of poignancy… There’s a reason this show was such a hit at the Festival of Live Art and returns again for Fringe –it’s fraught, fresh, fascinating and off the cuff” Australian Stage

‘Batten has crafted a masterpiece, which thrives on spontaneous responses. Consistently hilarious, and surprisingly vulnerable, Batten’s bravery would win over even the most cynical of audience members’- Buzzcuts

”Bron Batten is having a first date with a member of the audience on stage – and the results are priceless… We are all putty in Batten’s hands’ – Theatre Press

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

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

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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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