Photo by Sarah Graham
Bullet Heart Club (BHC) is a gig-theatre company formed in 2013 by writer Ro Bright and director Kitan Petkovski. Sharing equal love for live gigs and narrative-driven theatre, BHC collaborates with recording artists from the point of inception to create cross-artform projects. BHC’s work aims to investigate the intimate bond between performers and the audience through the affective impact of music. Inspired by true stories, pop culture and cinematic aesthetics, BHC’s work is emotionally-charged, “dark, beautiful and complex” (Pantograph Punch).
BHC’s debut work Daffodils (a play with songs) received the Auckland Theatre Award (2014), Best Debut (Metro, 2014), Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Festivals (Irish Times, 2016) and the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award (2016) during its season at the Traverse Theatre. Daffodils was adapted into a feature film in 2019, screening at Busan International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival & Naples International Film Festival Florida.
"Packs a serious punch, wrapped in a bubblegum glove." ★ ★ ★ ★ (The Scotsman)
BHC collaborates with international artists from New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Australia and the US. Designers include Jane and Emily Hakaraia (NZ), Garth Badger and Erin Geurts (Thievery Studio, NZ), Nils Melchert (NZ), Dan Williams (NZ) and Tom Anderson (NZ). Recording artists Lips (Steph Brown & Fen Ikner, NZ), Pat Irwin (SUSS, Raybeats, The B-52’s, US), LHĒON (Aus), Abraham Kunin (NZ), Lisa Crawley (NZ/US), Pär Hagström and Next Stop: Horizon (Sweden) and dramaturg Caitlin Skinner (Scotland).
BHC’s other works are Jack Hartnett (2015), Elizabeth (2017-present) and A Strange Nostalgia (2020). In 2021, BHC's latest show The Hall premiered at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka, NZ.