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

Battle of WITs – Fringe 2020

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.

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Poe’d – Fringe 2020

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 Wellington’s 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

 

 

 

Wit people at a Tuesday training

Fringe 2020 – two great shows from WIT we can’t tell you about yet!

Official Fringe Launch is on Wednesday December 4th

And WIT has not one but two shows in that lovely thick programme of fabulous Fringey happenings.

After Wednesday, we’ll tell you more, so MUCH more about the fun things that will be happening in one of our favourite Wellington creative spaces.

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

 

 

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

 

Couple holding their squid baby

Lovecrafted! – Fringe Fest March 2019

“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far” ~ H. P. Lovecraft

**** Note that The Scruffy Bunny theatre is now in its Fringe Fest special location: Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtenay Place, Wellington ****

In 1925 young fantasy writer Howie Lovecraft fled his Rhode Island home, tormented by the failure of his marriage and other personal demons. No one was sure where he vanished to for six long months, but once returned all agree he wrote stories that were richer and darker than anything he had ever written before.

Why? Well, we now know that he took a tramp steamer to the farthest reaches of the Southern oceans, and spent those lost months travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand. He spoke to farmers and fisherfolk, and former nurses at long-closed special hospitals. Most significantly he attended lectures at Wellington’s Masseytonic University, and interviewed members of the faculty in exhaustive detail. He gathered dark tales of twisted deeds and unnatural monsters, and learnt truths that no man may learn without descending into madness. This research was woven into the warp and the weft of tales he wrote and rewrote until his untimely death in 1937, albeit with many of the place names and historical events transposed to more American locations at his publisher’s request.

Long forgotten in a dusty attic, a leather-bound trunk of Lovecraft’s original heavily annotated notes mouldered, until unverified rumours of the trove’s possible existence reached the ears of researchers from Masseytonick University. Thanks to their hard work, some at the expense of their very souls, a selection of these unheard tales will be retold as part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.

Lovecrafted! will be improvised on stage by direct descendants of those interviewed by that nervous young American. By an amazing coincidence all are members of the Wellington Improvisation Troupe.

Tickets: available as doorsales, or through the Fringe website, $10 or $7 concession/with a Fringe Addict pass.

When:
6.30pm Sat 16th March
6.30pm Sun 17th March
6.30pm Mon 18th March
6.30pm Tues 19th March
6.30pm Wed 20th March

Where: The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtney Place Wellington

Would you like a copy of our posters to put on your work notice board, or just to keep and admire?  Well, click right here for an A4 sized jpg file

Ferris Wheel and Lovecrafted posters

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page
Fringe Festival Page – Tickets on sale from December 18th 2018

 

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The Ferris Wheel – Fringe Fest March 2019

“Delightful energy, alertness and vulnerability . . . fresh and invigorating” – Theatreview

Set on the classic fairground ride each night’s unique show will star a rotating cast (ha!), weaving stories from the lives of characters spun together.  As well as familiar faces from WIT shows  Attack of the Killer B-Movie and Micetro there will be some bold new additions to the ensemble.

The Ferris Wheel format was created by Wade Jackson for Auckland’s Improv Bandits. The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) is excited to be bringing it to Wellington for the 2019 Fringe Festival.

WIT is Wellington’s community based improv troupe, its players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience.

When:
5pm Sun 10th March
5pm Sat 16th March
5pm Sun 17th March
5pm Sat 23rd March

Where: The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtney Place Wellington

Would you like a copy of our posters to put on your work notice board, or just to keep and admire?  Well, click right here for an A4 sized jpg file

Ferris Wheel and Lovecrafted posters

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page
Fringe Festival Page – Tickets onsale NOW!

 

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Attack of the Killer Puppets!

[This show happened already, on October 31st 2018]

Halllooooweeeeen! Puppets. B-Movie inspired storylines. Improvisation! What could possibly go wrong?

The Wellington Improv Troupe (WIT) is delighted to bring you a ridiculous Halloween monster mashup of our regular homage to the 1950s B-Movie genre Attack of the Killer-B Movie and 2018 Fringe Fest felt-fest, The Late Night Puppets.

Entirely suitable for adults and robust older children who like hokey-spooky stuff. Our puppets may misbehave and get a bit rude or accidentally sweary (but not in a mean way) and there’ll also likely be dramatic stage lighting and depths-of-the-crypt style music. Tinfoil hat making material will be provided for added audience safety.

Tickets will be available from Eventfinda or as door sales, but by golly heck darn, we love it when people book tickets in advance. And then you know you won’t miss out if sales go crazy.

Finally, yes, you may bring your puppet, and puppets do not need to purchase a separate ticket to that held by their accompanying human, unless they are particularly large.

Where: The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre,  100 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington
When: 7pm, Wednesday 31st October
Tickets: $10

 

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Late Night Puppets

The first season ran 6.30pm from Wednesday 28th February to Saturday 3rd of March, part of the 2018 New Zealand Fringe Festival

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Experience scandal and excitement in this sure-to-be-a-strange-sensation improvised reality show. Join crack puppeteers and cracked puppets as they combine in a never before seen melange of human and inhuman and inhumane endeavours. And discover the soulful stories that lie behind the laughter. Or, the laughable lies that lie behind the soulful stories.

May get a little bit rude and sweary (puppets are like that), but never in a mean way. Suitable for adults and ruder children.

Follow the fun on our felt and fur Facebook event page

 

 

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Return of the Attack of the Killer B-Movie

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Review of WIT’s Attack of the Killer B-Movie! During the 2016 Fringe

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!

For 2018, WE’RE BACK, in the Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre from April 7th, and every fortnight from then until further notice.  So, see you on (mostly) Saturday nights at (mostly) 8.30pm

Saturday 17 November – Scruffy Bunny, 8.30pm
Saturday 1st December – Scruffy Bunny, 8.30pm

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED (but these will prob be the last this year!!)

Tickets to the regular Saturday shows available from Eventfinda or just rock up for Doorsales  $10

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

cast and crew