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Panto! at NZIF 2014

WIT had fun during the NZ Improv Festival in Wellington from 28 October – 1 November, a whole glorious week of shows and workshops.  For example reviewers enjoyed a classic pantomime experience with dames, damsels and a song or two in a special edition of WIT’s Panto!

WIT people joined in with improvisors from all over New Zealand and Australia and beyond in ensemble shows, had a lot of fun in workshops and the wild whirl of social events. It was a great week, and so wonderful to experience the many different strands of improv. A huge huge thank you to the wonderful Jennifer O’Sullivan and her team of amazing helpers who made it happen

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1 night only Wednesday 29th October 8pm

Part of the New Zealand Improv Festival 28 October – 1 November at BATS (Out of Site)

Friends and Family Show 1st July

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For eight weeks a band of fresh faced and bold adventurers have been exploring the art of improvisation for the stage. On July 1st WIT invite you to a friends and family night of improv fun, kicking off from 7pm with said brave band going through their paces, followed by an improv jam. 

Venue is the Drama Christi Studio at 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington.  The Studio is to the right of the Wesley Church, entry is round the back, and there’s an accessibility ramp.

Fringe Festival 2014

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Yay for the Fringe Festival, the 2014 edition was amazing, and huge congrats to WIT’s Co-Creative Director Jennifer O’Sullivan, who was awarded Spirit of the Fringe!  As well as two wholly WIT shows Return to Sender and Battle of WITs, WIT people branched out into solo and creative endeavors all over town.  Just a sample:  Jen ran the Fringe at the Gryphon venue and appeared in own late-night improv  show (and many others).  Lyndon Hood pulled together audience-cast Shakespeare covering comedy, history and tragedy.  Christine Brooks gave sage advice as Soap character Mackenzie Morgan, and did Literally Anything while part of duo Brooks and Brown. Darryn Woods was a “brilliantly embittered” McDuff in the Scottish Play in the Botanic Gardens.

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2014 Comedy Festival – All Star Micetro

performers onstageWIT is back with its beloved competitive comedy elimination show!

Micetro is a raucous evening of spontaneity that mixes beloved improv games, charismatic humility, and audience suggestions to create a unique night of entertainment that will never be seen again. Catch a mix of Wellington’s best loved improvisors plus WIT’s newest recruits as they face off in this gladiatorial contest!

“I laughed so hard I couldn’t see” – Salient

Venue: The Fringe Bar, Allen St, Wellington
Dates: Sun 4th, 11th, and 18th of May, 7pm
Tickets:  Adults $18.00, Conc. $14.00, Groups 6+ $15.00  * service fees may apply
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
NB: Doorsales only for the show on Sunday 18th.
Show Duration:  1 hour

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The Improv Lounge

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About The Improv Lounge – Storyland for Grownups.

Much of the year The Improv Lounge is where WIT goes to play on Wednesdays, in a casual cabaret-style set up at the Fringe Bar.  Show time is 8pm, with $10 door sales.

Some weeks there’ll be two short shows, other weeks one show, or one show and a general improv jam.  With an ever changing line up of improvisors and shows, the Improv Lounge presents spontaneous storytelling that is sometimes serious, often hilarious and always totally unpredictable.

Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes” – John Smythe, Theatreview

Magic from generosity” – Lynn Pringle, Theatreview

 

 


2014 – Return to Sender, Fringe

iconSet in the Dead Letter Office, where undeliverable letters are stored and filed, never to be read, until now. Postal workers read the letters inspiring fellow improvisers to create scenes, stories and characters reflecting the spirit of these words.

Part of the  Fringe Festival 2014
When: February 18th – 22nd
Where: The Gryphon Theatre, 6.30pm
Prices: Full $16, Concession $14, Fringe Addict $12, Artist Card $5

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Battle of WITs

2014 – Battle of WITs, Fringe

minibow2014Wellington’s best loved community improv troupe is back with another glorious season of Battle of WITs, and this time you can see it for FREE! The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) want to share the love with their hometown. All the Sunday evenings of this Fringe Festival come on down to the Fringe Bar and watch teams of intrepid improvisors battle it out to be crowned the champions.

Original theatre will be made up on the spot by tireless teams formed from a frothy mix of
Wellington’s leading improvisers and some courageously adorable newcomers. Choose your favourites, and help them soar to victory on a tide of audience approval.

Director Geoff Simmons promises that each night will be an evening of spur-of-the-moment storytelling and glorious failure. He explains that improv is “sometimes serious and frequently hilarious, either way I promise each night be a show that no one has ever seen before – or ever will again”. So, grab a drink and enjoy an unrepeatable blend of improvised games, tales, songs and shenanigans.

This Fringe Festival there are no tickets on sale for Battle of WITs. There may be a hat handed round, but just ignore it if you don’t have money, or don’t have fun.

“One of the safest bets for a good time at the Fringe ” – Theatreview
“I laughed so hard I couldn’t see” – Salient
Part of the  Fringe Festival 2014
When: Sundays 7pm, Feb 9th, 16th 23rd, and Mar 2nd.
Where: the Fringe Bar, 7pm

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