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The Bacchanals are a multi award-winning company based in Wellington, New Zealand, dedicated to exploring text-based theatre (none of this devised crap for us!) and trying to ensure that the theatre remains a place for social, spiritual and psychological debate. They also want audiences to have a bloody good time and come away thinking THEATRE IS IMPORTANT AND CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. The Bacchanals want to make theatre accessible to all be it economically, geographically or intellectually. Since their formation in 2000 they have staged twenty-eight shows including nationwide touring productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, a co-production of King Lear with the Fortune Theatre in Dunedin, new texts of The Frogs and The Bacchae, two different Hamlets — one a full text promenade production staged in a warehouse, the other a free community theatre event touring church halls and community centres — the NZ premieres of Sarah Kane's Crave and Antony Sher's I.D. (Chapman Tripp Production of the Year 2005), and the premiere productions of plays by NZ playwrights Dean Parker and Paul Rothwell. Once upon a time The Bacchanals were a regular ensemble of more-or-less the same actors; now they are more like a vigilante theatrical justice-seeker that emerges only when no one else can save you. The Bacchanals are opposed to John Key (whatever Chris Finlayson may say, it is NOT a 'Golden Age' for the arts in New Zealand - in fact there's never been a worse time in the history of the country to be tring to earn a living making theatre or music. We'd be better off under Targaryen rule than a National government!) and to war in the Middle East and believe that every house needs a cat, every poster needs at least one hidden subversive message and that everyone should listen to the Mountain Goats. Since you're already visiting our mighty website, you can easily join our mailing list — just click on this link here firstname.lastname@example.org — and help us fight the good fight.
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