DAFT 2023 contains 8 different events, hosted at BATS Theatre or Two/Fiftyseven Willis Street.
The Launch Party
Saturday 16th September,
It’s back! Bolder, longer, more accessible, and with slightly more joint pain, it’s DAFT 2023!
Join us at two/fiftyseven on Willis St at 5pm to celebrate the launch of DAFT 2023.
There'll be speeches (short ones), mini performances, food, the chance to speed date an artist, and plenty of opportunity to celebrate the talent found in the d/Deaf, Disabled, and neurodiverse communities.
Facebook Event: The Launch Party
Your Body Is a Wasteland
Saturday 16th to
Saturday 30th September,
Sometime in the future, their world ends.
That's only the beginning. Piece together digital remnants of a forgotten world, following our protagonist as they travel the apocalyptic wastes. A deeply felt story of chronic illness, time, and hope.
When your body betrays you, where can you turn?
You will be able access the show on this website.
Facebook Event: Your Body Is a Wasteland
Sundays 17th and 24th September, 2pm-4:30pm
Spend time getting to know your fellow artists and build community!
Bring your crafts, your art, your writing, your favourite board games, some snacks, and hang out!
Stay for the whole time or drop in for a quick chat. Everyone welcome.
Facebook Event: Social Sundays
Five Slices of Another Life – development season
Thursday 21st to Friday 23rd September,
Sunday 24th September,
Two women wait to be rescued from a burning building. Another finds salvation in a box of chickens. Things get awkward in a cafe. A detective investigates himself, and a blind seer delivers one last prophecy.
Five new Kiwi short plays, written by and featuring disabled and neurodiverse folk – are you ready to step into another life?
This show has NZSL on Sept 21st and 22nd
Audio Description on Sept 23rd and 24th
Relaxed Performance Sept 24th
Facebook Event: Five Slices of Another Life – development season
BATS Event: Five Slices of Another Life – development season
Palsy it Up!
Sunday 24th September,
Friday 29th September,
If you liked ten minutes of Dave Batten last year, you're in luck! The rest of his set is HERE in full-length glory.
Expect self-deprecation, social commentary, hearty guffaws, and unrestrained honesty.
Dave presents his comedy as a slide show with inbuilt subtitles. He is a comedian with athetoied cerebral palsy who loves making people laugh.
Facebook Event: Palsy It Up!
BATS Event: DAFT - Palsy It Up
All new performances from DAFT participants!
Witness a wide range of talent from individuals and groups! Check out how many art forms we can cram into one evening!
Bite-sized work-in-progress, raw, unpolished new and developing pieces from local writers, dancers, makers, and creatives.
Have you (a disabled and/or D/deaf artist) got something you want to share? Get in touch! You're guaranteed a live, generous, art-loving audience.
Facebook Event: Scratch Night
BATS Event: DAFT Scratch Night
Body of Work
‘Body of Work’ by Melanie McKerchar is a poetry show that explores what it means to be a woman with a body that is chronically ill, disabled, and plus sized. There will be laughter, tears, wombs, and boobs. It is hard work loving a body that society deems unworthy, but this show shouts: all bodies are good bodies!
Facebook Event: Body of Work
BATS Event: DAFT - Body of Work
Chronic Club Caberet
Celebrate the success of DAFT '23 with MC (and festival co-director) Creatif Kate as she hosts (probably horizontally) an extravaganza of talent from all corners of the cabaret scene. Opera, burlesque, drag, and performance art like you've never seen before!
Starring: Laura Loach, Vixen Temple, ShaZaah, Blood Baby, Maggie Rose as LaLa, & more!
Stick around for the closing ceremony and after party!
Facebook Event: Chronic Club Cabaret
BATS Event: DAFT - Chronic Club Cabaret