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
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
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
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.
Michael Dalton AKA Dolly Diamond
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
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
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
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
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
I’m thrilled to announce that The Dad Show is happening next week on the seventh and eighth of November!
The Dad Show is a new performance project in which contemporary artists create and perform new short works with their own fathers and has been developed through Punctum Inc’s Seedpod Amplified extended residency program.
The Dad Show and engages artists and fathers who are based in the Kyneton area or northwest region of Victoria and these artists include:
Christian Bagin (The Rapture)
Michael and Hal Langley
Sarah Lockwood (Drop Bear Theatre)
Hannah Monagle (Pipe Up Poetry Slam)
Wes Snelling (Tina Del Twist)
Encompassing music, theatre, live art and digital projection The Dad Show celebrates legacy, fathers and father figures in their many forms.
WHEN: 7th and 8th of November at 7pm (90 mins)
WHERE: St Mary’s Hall, Kyneton (Corner of Ebden and Hutton Streets)
BOOK TICKETS HERE!
Though we’ve barely recovered from our Malthouse season The Last Tuesday is happening again in October with Alternate Endings!
In a performance outing with a distinctly literary flavour, The Last Tuesday is teaming with the Wheeler Centre to imagine ‘what if?’ in endings both factual and fictional.
And it’s FREE! Now that’s a happy ending.
Our artists will take liberties with the facts as they finish things good and proper. For example:
What if Julia Gillard was still our prime minister?
Or Romeo and Juliet had decided that they were just being a bit silly and over-dramatic?
And what if he didn’t drive the chevy to the levy and instead the music had survived?
Laura Jean McKay
Dr Professor Neal Portenza
And Miss Tina Del Twist
Hosted by Richard ‘once and for all’ Higgins
WHERE: The Wheeler Centre, State Library Melbourne
WHEN: Tuesday the 21st of October at 7.15pm
HOW MUCH: FREE I told you already! And there’s a bar!
You can book your (free) tickets at The Wheeler Centre website
ONLY FOUR MORE CHANCES!
We’ve had a cracking first week of Last Tuesday Society shows at The Malthouse as part of Helium and The Melbourne Fringe and the reviews are in… And they’re great!
FIVE STARS “Brilliant!… One of the Fringe’s Hottest tickets!” Herald Sun
FOUR STARS “You won’t find a more entertaining showcase this festival.” The Age
“A wonderfully polished turd plucked from the deepest youtube pipes” The Australian.
4.5 STARS “Amazing… Not to be missed’ Melbourne Arts Fashion
“The internet imagined as cabaret. Double plus good.” Alison Croggon. Theatrenotes.
‘The YouTube Comment Orchestra is one of the laugh-out-loudiest things I’ve seen. Your make-up, and quite possibly your undies, will be ruined’ ArtsHub
“Big LOLs…It’s bloody wonderful” Anne Marie Peard, Sometimes Melbourne
Get your tickets while you can- book at The Malthouse website HERE or at The Melbourne Fringe Festival website HERE