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.
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:
Gorilla – Dru, WIT’s resident gorilla
Musician – Matt Hutton
Dates: Tuesday 12th to Saturday 15th May
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington
* service fees may apply
Doorsales or Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
Show Duration: 1 hour
WIT embarked on a world-wide tour of Wellington this Fringe, with fun and festive family-friendly entertainment at a series of venues. The tour had to be cut short, but to everyone who did come to a show: we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.
Hutt Little Theatre Lower Hutt Sat 28 Feb [happened]
Expressions Gillies Group Theatre Upper Hutt Mon 02 Mar [happened]
Martinborough Town Hall, Texas St, Martinborough Wed 04 Mar [happened]
Cochran Hall, Cashmere School, 110 Cashmere Ave Khandallah Sat 07 Mar [cancelled]
Coasters Musical Theatre, 15 Hinemoa St Paraparaumu Wed 11 Mar [cancelled]
Porirua Little Theatre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua Sat 14 Mar [cancelled]
If you have tickets to one of the cancelled shows, Eventfinda will refund to the credit card you made your purchase with.
If you would like an A4 poster for the pure nostalgia, here is one to print out and keep WWWT_A4poster
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
1 night only Wednesday 29th October 8pm
Part of the New Zealand Improv Festival 28 October – 1 November at BATS (Out of Site)
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.
A pdf version of the 2014 Comedy Festival flyers:
right click and “save link as” to download
On March 27th a special expeditionary force of WITsters broke out of Wellington and ventured up the coast to the Kapiti Junction Brewery Bar for a night of frolicsome improv fun.
The show is over, but it was a fine ride to the outer reaches of the improv universe.
Ran April 29th to May 3rd at BATS Theatre as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.
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.
WIT 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