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Dru, Drucilla, Gorilla

Dru, WIT’s Resident Gorilla

Although Gorilla has been a favorite format of WIT’s since the early 2000’s, Dru only joined the troupe recently, and has a mysterious past.   Her stage debut was in 2013, and she has appeared in several shows since.

Her next big project is All-Star Gorilla in the 2015 International Comedy Festival.

As well as joining regular performers on stage during shows, Dru is very skilled at handing out flyers.   Her all-time favorite question, from a slightly over-awed younger member of the public, was “Are you a real Gorilla?”  The answer was of course a stately nod of a furry head.

Her favourite type of improvisation is short form, especially short form romantic comedy.  Indeed, Dru regards WIT shows as the perfect place to test candidates for the role of “ideal mate”; she has more than once formed an acute romantic attachment while on stage.  While none of these relationships have worked out long term, she remains hopeful.

Dru’s interests outside of improv include online dating websites, high fashion, playing the ukulele and bananas.

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All-Star Gorilla

NZ International Comedy Festival 2015

 

It’s the law of the jungle as a crew of seasoned improvisers take turns directing their opponents – creating scenes, stories, sagas or songs before your eyes in a bid to win your approval (and bananas).

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll send the winner home for quality time with a gorilla.

Gorillia is an improv format which encourages risky, exciting comedy – with experienced improvisers playing at the top of their game, and introducing with glee extra challenges for the other players (who are also their competition) when it’s their turn to direct.

Our comedy festival cast:

Ali Little
Steven Youngblood
Hedy Manders
Geoff Simmons
Kate Zed
Brenton Hodgson
Wiremu Tuhiwai
Hayley Webster
Oliver Probert
Dianne Pulham
Mike Webster

Gorilla – Dru, WIT’s resident gorilla
Musician – Matt Hutton

 

Dates: Tuesday 12th to Saturday 15th May

Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Tickets: $13-$15
* service fees may apply
Doorsales or Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
Show Duration: 1 hour

 

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2013 – A Christmas Cracker, 10 Year Reunion

Yuletide laughs December 10th to 13th 2013!

Wellington Improv Troupe (WIT) was proud to present another season of its successful ‘Christmas Cracker’ mix of improvised comedy shows. This year saw seven shows selected from WITs ten years of performing improvised comedy in Wellington.

“They are a lively group . . . see for yourself ” Theatreview

battle of witsBattle of WITS – Tuesday 10th December 7pm
Hot team on team all-in all-out over the top improv action! Teams of intrepid improvisors will battle it out to be crowned the champions. Choose your favourites and help them vanquish all rivals. The show that started it all!

thrills and swoon iconThrills & Swoon – Tuesday 10th December 8:30pm
Quivering bodices. Dark brooding eyes. Unbridled passion. Inspired by the romance novels you pretend not to read, stories and scenes will be created on the spot, as fresh as an innocent flower waiting to be plucked. First seen at NZ International Comedy Festival 2013.

iconsgorillaminiGorilla Theatre – Wednesday 11th December 7pm
It’s the law of the jungle as a crew of seasoned improvisers take turns directing their opponents – creating scenes, stories, sagas or songs before your eyes in a bid to win your approval. And bananas. And one unusually personable Gorilla. A licensed format from the International Theatresports Institute and one of WIT’s mainstays.

iconsduetsminiDuets – Wednesday 11th December 8:30pm
Two improvisors. One stage. No limits. Three pairs will take to the stage with only each other to rely on, and no limits to where the improv takes them. First seen Christmas Cracker 2012.

 

iconsdivasminiDivas ReUnited – Thursday 12th December 7pm
The Improv Divas performed their first WIT show back in 2004, and since then some amazing performers have been part of the group. Enjoy some of the best of the best on stage in a special reunion show!

iconsloveminiLove Possibly – Thursday 12th 8.30pm
Will there be love? Well, uh, possibly. There’ll likely be love, laughter, betrayal, awkwardness and any number of other human conditions, pinned to the stage like sparkly butterflies for dissection with a sharp improv knife. An original Improv Divas format.

iconsmicetominiMicetro – Friday 12th Dec 7pm
A raucous evening of spontaneity mixing beloved improv games, charismatic humility, and audience suggestions to create an utterly unique night of entertainment that will never be seen again!

 

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All-Star Gorilla, 2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2013

It’s the law of the jungle as a crew of seasoned improvisers take turns directing their opponents – creating scenes, stories, sagas or songs before your eyes in a bid to win your approval (and bananas).

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll send the winner home for a week of quality time with a gorilla.

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Gorilla, 2008

Gorilla Improv

Gorilla Theatre – Join the Revolution!

Tired of Spielberg, Lucas, Tarantino, and their capitalist works? Continuing with their hugely successful ‘Wednesdays with WIT’ at the Blue Note bar, the Wellington Improv Troupe now brings the people GORILLA THEATRE.

With GORILLA, each night five card-carrying, aspiring directors challenge each other in creating & directing improvised scenes, stories, sagas and perhaps a song.

In the great socialist tradition, YOU the people get to decide which director gets adorned as state champion.  Unpredictable, quality improvised comedy, each night. Vodka optional.

Gorilla Theatre features the following WIT Comrades: Mark, Ali, Lyndon, Merrilee, Paul, Barry, Simon, Steve, Christine, Kate, Anton and Woody.

Wednesdays in September 2008 at the Blue Note Bar

Le Abattoire – Derek Flores, Christine Books and Danni Taylor play “numbers of words (audience sourced footage)

 

WIT show posters

Gorilla, 2004

gorilla_BWportrait_medThe director’s cut for improv fans that want more!

Gorilla is the heavyweight improvised comedy show that is bigger than King Kong! Devised by international improvising legend, Keith Johnstone, Gorilla features WIT’s leading improvisers directing scenes without a script. The winning director each night gets to take home the ultimate prize – the troupe’s resident Gorilla! You be the judge – do they deserve a banana or a lemon?  It’s monkey business with zest and a peel… Continue reading