A show born from a love of Wes Anderson films, set on a cruise like no other. Taking inspiration from familiar Anderson themes like difficult families, the loss of innocence, and unlikely friendships. Symmetry, simplicity, and strangely sympathetic weirdos in WIT’s latest reimagining – the Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise.
A premiere to open the New Zealand Improv Festival from its founding company, The Royal Equinox Adventure was Annika Naschitzki’s directorial debut and stared Kate Wilson, Guanny Liu-Prosee, Mary Little, Matt Powell, Lyndon Hood and Matt Hutton (aka the music man).
The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) is Wellington’s not-for-profit, community-based improvisational theatre group. WIT players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience. WIT theatre is sometimes serious, often hilarious and always totally unpredictable.
This show happened already!
The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington, 6011
This course runs for eight weeks two or three times a year, and is particularly aimed at people who already have some experience of Improv, for example WIT’s introductory course The Joy of Improvisation. Build stage skills and improv confidence that are even helpful in real life – as well as being a bunch of fun.
Our first course for 2016 will be run shortly (early May) dates to be confirmed.
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.
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.
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 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
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.