Category Archives: Soap

Young and the Witless 7, 2013

littlesupriseWellington’s Riskiest Show Gets Rural

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Wednesdays in August/September  at The Fringe in Allen St, except for a special performance at BATS on September 18th.

In its tenth year of bringing spontaneous theatre to Wellington’s stages, WIT is ecstatic to present the seventh annual season of the capital’s longest running improvised theatre experience – The Young and the WITless 7. Featuring eight weeks of improvised theatre with no scripts, no limits, and no holds barred, The Young and the WITless 7 returns to the stage at the Fringe in its new home on Allen St, bringing to life the sagas and stories of the people of fictional Te Awaiti.

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Young and the Witless VI, 2012

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It is 1982, and Roseneath University is kicking off its 99th year as a elite beacon of academic excellence atop Mt Victoria. Still recovering from a tumultuous year of student protests and the scandalous departure of the previous vice chancellor, the staff and students of Rosey U are looking forward to a fresh start. And with new management, new challenges and new relationships await!

From the players who brought you Love Possibly, Micetro, and CSI Wainui, comes the return of Wellington’s best and only Improvised Soap Opera – The Young and the WITless. Follow the lives of the staff and students of Roseneath University as WIT weaves a tale of drama, melodrama and mischief with nine shows in nine weeks at The Fringe Bar; every episode totally improvised, every twist and turn a surprise.

And while the performers live in a world where cell phones are a dream of the future, the audience are encouraged to participate by live-tweeting the show. Share photos, quotes, and memorable moments with the hashtag #WITlessSoap.

Drawing on both NZ’s soap tradition (Shortland St, Gloss, Palmolive) and WIT’s own improvisation pedigree The Young and the WITless VI will make you laugh, cry, and feel every emotion a poignant stare into the middle distance can muster.

The Young and The WITless VI
Directed by Jennifer O’Sullivan
Featuring: Christine Brooks, Nicola Pauling, Steven Youngblood, Kate Wilson, Lyndon Hood, Barry Miskimmin, Danni Taylor, Matt Hutton, Wiremu Tuhiwai, and Simon Smith

Photographer: Ali Little

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The Young and the Witless V, 2011

Young and the Witless iconThere is an episode by episode summary on the show’s Facebook page.   Back for its fifth season in June and July 2011 Wellington’s best, and only, improvised soap opera turned its overly melodramatic eye to the highly competitive and scandalous world of indoor social netball. Team mates and lovers, friends and coaches, nemesis and referees – all ripe for soft lens over-acting and long dramatic pauses with a swelling musical score.

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Young and the Witless 4, June – August 2010


Lust . . . Betrayal . . . Family
Wellington’s only improvised soap opera returns!

At the Fringe Bar
Wednesdays 2 Jun 2010 to 25 Aug 2010 

Cast included:
Geoff Simmons, Christine Brooks, Simon Smith, Karen Anslow, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Paul Sullivan, Wiremu Tuhiwai

Fresh from knock out seasons of Micetro, Improv Divas, and Gods & Heroes, the Wellington Improv Troupe is back with another titillating season of intrigue, secrets and unrequited lust!

Join the Wakefields, NZ’s #2 retail family as they battle tough economic times, off shore manufacturing, and each other for control of the legacy of great granddad Wakefield.
 commented that the show attracted “large and exuberant houses who are not disappointed as the improvisers deliver a compelling combination of narrative twists, character based gags and sardonic breakings of the fourth wall”

The Young and the Witless 2, 2008

Young and the Witless 2Wednesday 11 June – Wednesday 30 July 2008
Blue Note Bar

Wellington’s finest improvised soap opera is back!

This season explores the loves, lives and drama of New Zealand’s third best inter-island ferry, the S.S. Blake.

After selling out at the NZ Fringe, WIT are back with more love triangles, deception, and insidious murder plots…

Make Wednesday your regular soap night for 8 weeks this winter as the hilarious WIT ensemble “…prove they are formidable and funny”* with a brand new, completely improvised continuous soap opera that keeps everyone guessing! Including us! Continue reading

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The Young and the Witless 1, 2008

improvised soap operaAn improvised soap opera!
From those witty bastards who brought you such improvised comedy classics such as ‘Love Possibly’ and ‘To Be Continued,’ comes ‘The Young and The Witless: an improvised soap opera.”

Does anyone know what’s going on? We don’t! It’s all improvised!

With more twists, secrets and dirty dealings than parliament! A continuing improvised story that keeps everyone guessing. Including us!

Eight nights of shows. Six Characters in search of a storyline. One spontaneous saga of polished stupidity.

Starring WIT regulars Anna Burns, Anton van Helden, Christine Brooks, Clare Kerrison, Julian Faid, and Simon Smith. Directed by Derek Flores.

Wednesday to Saturday Feb 20-23 and Feb 27-Mar 1
Blue Note Cafe
Part of the Fringe Festival, and with help from Creative New Zealand