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Due to unforseen personal circumstances the sign language interpretor for Illegally Blind and Sexy Sunday Shenanigans is not able to sign these shows. We apologise profusely to our audience members that are affected by this.  We are committed to having back up interpreters in 2023.  

Program 2022

Events & Shows 

Launch Party & Living Library

Sunday 18 September, 1pm - 3pm

BATS Theatre

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NZSL Interpreted Event

Welcome speech/es, info about the Festival programme and kaupapa…, sharing food and drinks, a living library/speed date an artist component where launch goers can meet and interview  DAFT artists about them and their creative  work. 

Welcome to the launch of DAFT - the Disabled Artists' Festival of Theatre!

We'll have welcome speeches, info about the Festival programme and kaupapa, we'll share food and drinks, and you'll find a living library where you can speed date an artist - meet and interview DAFT participants and ask about them and their creative work!  

Wellington Feminist Poetry 

Tuesday 20 September, 7.30pm

Fringe Bar 

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The Wellington Feminist Creative Community brings you its curated Poetry Night, this month in association with DAFT.  Eight disabled poets bring their finest work to your Tuesday night, with MC Creatif Kate.  All proceeds go back to the poets.



Thursday 22 September, 7pm 

Two/Fifty Seven

(Venue entrance: 70 Victoria Street)

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Volunteer Audio Described

Scratch Night offers artists and audiences an opportunity to present short excerpts or ideas of work-in-development, offering audiences bite sized morsels of wild new work and artists an opportunity to test and present work in front of a live, generous, art-loving audience.  Come and witness some of Poneke’s finest disabled artists in what promises to be an unforgettable night.   If you are a disabled poet, dancer, comedian, writer, performer or singer and want to present your work please email Jessie

Illegally Blind 

Friday 23 September, 7pm 

Two/Fifty Seven

(Venue entrance: 70 Victoria Street)

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Integrated Audio Description

Touch Tour 6.30pm 

Tw: Ableism, fatphobia, queerphobia




This. Is. NOT. That. Show.

Susan is a perfectly normal queer, fat, functionally blind, Autistic, chronically and mentally ill, nonbinary person, who just happens to be collecting diagnoses faster than they collect eel facts.

In this not-so-solo solo show, Susan just wants to get stuff done. Instead, they end up on an epic quest, battling sock-puppets, ableist audio-describers, a pile of laundry, and people who don’t provide digital copies of important documents.

Drawing on twenty years of theatre and performance skills, Susan brings their real-life experiences to the stage. The result is a whimsical romp through the world of identity and shattered expectations, mixing traditional theatre with stand up comedy, poetry, improvisation, and more silly voices than you can shake an eel at.

Content warning: Illegally Blind contains references to ableism, fatphobia and queerphobia.

Spring Shoots: Performance & Film work from Silver Noodle Soup

Saturday 24 September, 7pm  

Two/Fifty Seven

(Venue entrance: 70 Victoria Street)

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Volunteer Audio Described

Witness 2022 Wellington Airport Award Winners, Silver Noodle Soup. The Film & Theatre Company presents another legendary theatre performance programme and premiers their latest film SNS 4! SNS artists roll out the red carpet to showcase their ensemble skills in movement & song including resident writer Maggie Rose Paine’s Instruments Have a Christmas Party… where violins going by the clump, French horns sneeze and bassoons go unheeded… and some solo acts to boot!

SNS4 is a 30 minute, captioned, roller coaster ride of Silver Noodle Film Making Workshop 2021 artists doing what they love best: big song hits, drag, storytelling, dance, movie scenes, magic tricks and comedy.

Sexy Sunday Shenanigans

Sunday 25 September, 7.30pm  

Fringe Bar

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Volunteer Audio Described

Slide into Sunday evening with a truly vaudevillian variety show, featuring tantalising talent from the top tier of Wellington’s performance world. All corners of the cabaret scene are covered: burlesque, pole, comedy, drag, poetry, music, a mixture of them all – we've found only the finest for you to wind down the weekend with.  Starring: Laura Loach, Blood Baby, Nathan Bond, Vixen Temple, EJ Barrett, Dave Batten, ShaZaah, Ness Quick


Created, produced, and hosted by Wellington's wildest woman – Creatif Kate (winner 2021 Welly Comedy Award for Innovation).

Made possible with the support of the WCC Living Wage for Artists Fund.


DAFT Koha box is available for any donations on workshop days, please only donate if you want and are able to. No pressure!

Please sign up in advance if you are keen to attend a workshop because spaces are limited.  

If you have any access needs or questions please email Bernadette

You are welcome to bring a support person, assistance dog, or anyone or anything else that will help you be comfortable and able to participate. 


We will have friendly, super helpful volunteers who will be keen to answer any questions and help you have a good experience at BATS Theatre & the workshop


Accessibility info:

The workshops will be held in The Stage Theatre on the ground floor at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Mt Vic.

The BATS Theatre venue and facilities are fully accessible

-         ramp access to the building is on the left hand side of the building, go to the doorway at the top of the ramp and we be there to welcome you

-         there is an accessible toilet and bathroom

Workshop presenters and volunteers can offer Audio Description within the workshop

We apologise that we are unable to offer NZSL for the workshops this year

Intro to Improv Workshop

Monday 19 September,

10am - 2pm (or come for the first two hours).

BATS Theatre

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A workshop for disabled people which puts our experiences first.  Have you always wanted to try improv, or do you already love it? 

And are you disabled or have a long term mental or physical condition? 

Come along and learn how to make theatre on the spot, have some fun, and unlock your spontaneity!


No experience necessary. This will be a fun jam, and an exploration of skills, for any experience level. 

Learn from a fellow disabled improvisor, and throw away your inhibitions, expectations, and a decent chunk of your dignity. As we play games, look over some basics, and have an amazing time connecting with each other, and above all, making stuff up!!! All the exercises and games are adaptable, and no one will make you do something you are uncomfortable with. The tutor is blind and neurodivergent, so the day will absolutely be blind and ND friendly. 

Inside Drag with Les Femmes

Wednesday 21 September,

11am - 1pm

BATS Theatre

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Les Femmes, New Zealand’s cabaret drag sensation is coming to DAFT! This trio of gals deliver slick vocals, tight choreography and bucket loads of belly laughs.

Come behind the scenes and grab a taste of Drag prep and performance! DAFT 2022 are excited to be hosting the Les Femmes queens for an insightful performance preparation demonstration. Join us for a fascinating window into the complex 'getting ready' process the Les Femmes queens embark on each time they prepare for a performance. From makeup design and application, to body work, wigs, jewellery and costuming - watching the queens become 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' and performance ready is an education you won't want to miss out on! You will have lots of opportunity to ask questions and talk with Les Femmes about Drag performing.

Silver Noodle Soup Drama Workshop

Friday 23 September

10am - 1pm 

BATS Theatre

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Would you like to try out drama in a no-stress, friendly and inclusive environment or check out how our Silver Noodle Soup Film and Theatre Company approaches inclusive performing arts practice? At the workshop you will meet and spend time with disabled performing artists, play games, share ideas, devise and perform pieces with a disability-led film and theatre company! Silver Noodle Soup Company members alongside tutors Madeline McNamara and Haidee Clark will lead this fun session. SNS Company members are young performing artists, film and theatre makers with intellectual disabilities and/or who are neuro-diverse. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this workshop!

MC Workshop

Saturday 24 September

10am - 1pm 

BATS Theatre 

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Join Creatif Kate for a beginner's guide to MCing as a person with disabilities. Learn about stage presence, crowd work, and setting the scene for shows of all kinds. Practise your skills with the class, gain confidence in front of an audience, learn how to manage your disabilities, and have fun!!


Creatif Kate is well-known on the poetry, comedy, and cabaret circuits of Wellington. She's a poet, producer, performer, photographer, preacher – basically, if it starts with 'p' she's in. She has done MC work of various kinds for many years and lives with multiple chronic conditions, both physical and mental.

About D.A.F.T

D.A.F.T 2022 is presented by, and showcases Wellington based, Disabled performing artists, writers and filmmakers. The Festival is being held over seven days across three accessible venues, BATS Theatre, Fringe Bar & Two/FiftySeven Willis Street.

Our intention is to develop and grow the Festival as an annual event with 2022 being the first time the Festival has been held. The Festival aims to celebrate and recognise the identity and work of Disabled artists and audiences in the performing arts in Wellington. D.A.F.T will provide a platform for disabled artists to develop and showcase their work and offer accessible events to Deaf and Disabled audiences and the wider community.

Festival Directors for 2022 are Kate Spencer and Susan Williams, each Disabled performing artists, producers and makers.


Arts Access Aotearoa, Disability Pride Aotearoa, Barbarian Productions & Silver Noodle Soup Film & Theatre Company are key supporters of the D.A.F.T 2022.

If you would like to be a present your work as part of D.A.F.T or participate in the directorship and production of the festival please contact us.  

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