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Micetro winner surrounded by admirers

Term ii face-to-face classes cancelled

WIT’s  Joy of Improvisation and Improv for the Stage classes at the Wellington High School Community Education Centre, due to start in May, have now been formally cancelled for Term 2.   Our Tuesday night drop in sessions will continue via zoom during April and May (at least), and a more structured online course is planned too.

Term iii (starting July 30th) and Term iv (from October 15th) classes at WHSCEC are still scheduled as normal.

Please check our website’s front page or on Facebook for the latest info.

Improvisors trampling the tiny city of Paris to win a giant prize cup

Battle of WITs – Fringe 2020


THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED ALREADY!!!  BUT, YOU NEVER KNOW, IT MIGHT RETURN AGAIN AGAIN!!  FOR NOW, YOU CAN READ WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT

GAME ON!

Improv is not the game played with the round balls or even with the squishy-shaped balls, and the venue is no grassy paddock: this is Battle of WITs. Original improvised theatre will be made up before your very eyes and YOU decide which team is the best on the night.

Battle of WITs was The Wellington Improvisation Troupe’s very first official show after the group officially formed in 2003. The format hasn’t been played it in a few years, but in a wave of unrepentant nostalgia WIT declared it time to unleash the high energy high stakes competition again. AND to invite other troupes to put their troops into the high stakes onstage battles too.

This Fringe there’ll be three nights of hard-out heats, and a Grande Finale on the last night. The ultimate winners will take home a glorious trophy to prove that they are the ones who have what it takes to win improv gold.

Talented improvisers will boldly risk life and limb to conjure up scenes on the spot, aiming to outwit and outlast their competitors. The audience will decide who perishes and who prevails, so come along, pick your favourites and make them champions!

“The format mixes experienced players and adorably bold newcomers,” says Ali Little, the show’s creative director. She claims that anything could happen as stories and songs and scenes are created from nothing more than audience suggestions and player inspiration. “It should be a wild ride”.

What: Battle of WITs
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) and Invited Guests
When: Wednesday 11 March to Saturday 14 March, 6.30pm
Where: Te Auaha Tapere Iti, 65 Dixon St, Wellington

Visit the FRINGE for tickets and a bunch (a slew, a cascade a cornucopia) of other great shows,  WIT’s Facebook for the latest details, team photos and gossip about this show.

Drawing of a crow holding Poe's head

Poe’d – Fringe 2020


THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED ALREADY!!!  BUT, YOU NEVER KNOW, IT MIGHT RETURN AGAIN AGAIN!!  FOR NOW, YOU CAN READ WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT

Also, Theatreview thought it was “MACABRE MADE MISCHIEVOUS”  
While Artmurmurs’ reviewer said “I had a lovely time

A Darkly Gothic Romp

Everyone knows Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously in Baltimore in 1849. But recently a trunk of mysterious papers was discovered by the same researchers who previously discovered the Lovecrafted archive (revealed during the 2019 Fringe). Did the forty year old Poe fake his death, flee to a remote island nation and live out the rest of a long life writing epically gothically tragically romantic stories shaped by the myths and realities of life among the phlegmatic people of the farthest flung corner of the British Empire??

Find out as each night a different narrator channels the tortured author to bring original improvised tales to Te Auaha’s Tapere Iti stage.

“The show will be a romp through a gothic past” says Ali Little, the show’s creative director. She claims the tortured author, a man who spawned so many many tortured imitators, has communicated to her through ethereal means.  And he is “delighted, just delighted” that these tales which should have been part of his oeuvre, now will be.

What: Poe’d
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) and Invited Guests
When: Friday 28 and Saturday 29 February 8pm, Sunday 1 and Monday 2 March 7pm
Where: Te Auaha Tapere Iti, 65 Dixon St, Wellington

Visit the FRINGE for tickets and a bunch (a slew, a cascade a cornucopia) of other great shows,  WIT’s Facebook for the latest details, team photos and gossip about this show.

“As a troupe, they boast an effective and playful onstage chemistry” ~ Theatreview

“This group’s bounding energy overtook the stage” ~ Nelson Mail

 

 

 

Mike and Hayley in a bowl of stew!

Improv Goulash – Sunday 24 November 2019

THIS SHOW ALREADY HAPPENED. BUT IT WAS FABULOUS AND WE’LL DEFO DO IT AGAIN IN 2020

Like an improv jam, only hotter and more meaty!

Hosted by the Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT), daring teams of improvisors from troupes and groups from around Wellington will strive to create amazing scenes, sing tuneful songs and build bold stories before your very eyes. Some groups are of long standing, others will form on the night! The most reckless will choose to face Challenges from The Hat.

If you’re an improvisor (or a team of improvisors), please contact WIT through Facebook, and you’ll be sent Further Instructions on how to grasp your time on stage!

When: Sunday 24 November, 7:00.15pm – 8:30pm
Where: The PowWow Room*, 74 Courtenay Place, Level 1, Wellington

*nb this is a fully licenced venue so under 18s need their grownups and youthful looking grownups need their ID

Visit the Facebook Event Page for the latest details, team photos, gossip and the rest.

 

 

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Return of the Attack of the Killer B-Movie, Halloween 2019 Edition

This show has happened already!   Check our “upcoming shows” to see what’s on next.
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“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema
 goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Theatreview

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you an improvised show following the classic elements of B-Movies. Join our unsuspecting cast, as a series of unfortunate events lead them to a horrifying discovery… who will survive? Who will find love? And why is the phone always dead when you need to call for help?!

The story will be shaped by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – see what we create for you!  This is a special Halloween edition, and will be fun for adults and older children who enjoy the schlocky end of comedy horror.

This will be the only Attack of the Killer B-Movie this year!!

WHEN:  Sunday October 27th, 7pm
WHERE:  The Powwow Room*  74 Courtenay Place, Wellington
*nb this is a fully licenced venue so under 18s need their grownups and youthful looking grownups need their ID

Tickets will go onsale soon or just rock up for Doorsales  $10 (concession $5)

Visit our Facebook Event Page for the latest details, show photos, cast gossip and the rest.

cast and crew

 

Micetro winner surrounded by admirers

Micetro in support of Rare Disorders NZ, September 29th 2019

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.  Last time  Lorraine was crowned the Greatest WIT in Wellington.  This time . . . well, there will be challengers.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  There’ll be songs!  Drama!  Pathos, bathos probably a bit of logos!    A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

All profits from the night go to support  Rare Disorders NZ – whose mission is to support, assist and promote better health care and wellbeing for patients and their families/​whānau living with a rare disorder in New Zealand

When: 7pm Sunday September 29th

Where:  The Powwow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Note that because it’s licensed premises if you’re not a grownup you’ll need to bring a parent, and if you are a grownup but look under 25 you’ll need to bring some ID.

Tickets:  doorsales or Buy Online Now $10/$5 concession

WIT Events on the Facebook

 

 

Banner advertising Micetro for Kidney Kids NZ

Micetro in support of Kidney Kids, August 25th 2019

THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED!
Lorraine won, and $145 was donated to Kidney Kids NZ
There’ll be another Micetro Soon

 

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.  Last time Mike Webster was crowned the Greatest WIT in Wellington.  This time . . . well, there will be challengers.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  There’ll be songs!  Drama!  Pathos, bathos probably a bit of logos!    A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

All profits from the night go to support  Kidney Kids – a community organisation set up to meet the needs of children who have kidney disorders and their families

When: 7pm Sunday August 25th

Where:  The Powwow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Note that because it’s licensed premises if you’re not a grownup you’ll need to bring a parent, and if you are a grownup but look under 25 you’ll need to bring some ID.

Tickets:  $10/$5 concession.  Pre-buy tickets or door sales

WIT Events on the Facebook

 

 

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Joel Luscombe

Joel is an improviser who is no stranger to making things up in front of audiences. He has trained in and performed shortform and longform improv with theater troupes locally, in Wellington, and across timezones in Chicago and Los Angeles. No stranger to teaching improv, Joel coaches various improv teams across the city, preparing them to be fiercely unprepared.

Joel drinks a lot of energy drinks. He probably shouldn’t but he says it gives him personality.

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Susan Williams

Functionally blind, Susan lives in a world of sound, and is passionate about sharing this with others. The skills of listening and communication are vital to her life, and to a good scene. The truly exciting thing is, when you take the image out of the equation, there is nothing you cannot create onstage.

Susan is a qualified actor, who has been improvising since 2013, and is happiest without a script in her hand, which is good because she wouldn’t be able to read it.   She co-directed  Stories for the Darkest Night at the 2018 NZ Improv Festival, and played a very dubious cook in Lovecrafted during the 2019 Fringe Festival.