The New Bachelorette
Julia Hales and Bron Batten
“Bron and I have very different backgrounds… Working with Bron helped me a lot… I learnt the importance of drawing from personal experiences to inspire my work and ideas.” Julia Hales
“The collaboration with Julia and the Bachelors has taught me the value of patience, listening, navigating processes with care and centring marginalised voices and perspectives.” Bron Batten
2022 was a watershed year for both Julia and Bron – each presented work in London and Edinburgh in the acclaimed UK/AU Season.
Julia Hales has paved the way for other disabled artists to forge their own careers. She has grown new opportunities, shared skills and resources among peers and allies. The New Bachelorette further develops the cohort of artists (our bachelors) who are committed to sharing their stories on stage.
In 2018, Perth Festival, Black Swan State Theatre Company and DADAA co-commissioned You Know We Belong Together, in which Julia powerfully articulated her life story, celebrating the lives of people with Down syndrome. The premiere season sold-out and Black Swan remounted in 2019. In 2022, the production was presented at London’s South Bank Centre, the Edinburgh International Festival and Sydney Opera House.
Bron Batten’s canon of internationally presented work includes Waterloo and Onstage Dating. She is an artist who combines innovation with a great humanity and is a perfect collaborator for Julia. Bron is a multi award-winning performer and theatre-maker who creates contemporary performance in collaboration with non-artists and audiences. Her work is based in live art practices of participation, improvisation and direct address to create a live, vibrant and unique energetic exchange with the public. In addition to the multi-stage development process behind The New Bachelorette, Bron has been an instrumental contributor to a major work in development with acclaimed Back to Back Theatre. She introduced Julia and the ensemble to new ways of working, devising and collaborating, leading The New Bachelorette to become a work for the ages.