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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

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 agreed 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, whalers and former nurses at long-closed special hospitals.  He gathered dark tales of twisted deeds and unnatural monsters, and learnt truths that no man may learn without descending into madness.  These are 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 Wellington’s 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.

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, Courtyard, Reading Centre, Courtney Place Wellington

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Fringe Festival Page – Tickets on sale from December 18th 2018


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.

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

Where: The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, Courtyard, Reading Centre, Courtney Place Wellington

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Fringe Festival Page – Tickets will be onsale after December 18th 2018


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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.

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