The Ferris Wheel – Fringe Fest February 2017

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The Ferris Wheel has spun!!  WIT’s four fun nights at the Cavern Club as part of the 2017 Fringe Festival, are over. The Theatreview reviewer found opening night “Fresh and invigorating“.

The Wellington Improvisation Troupe was delighted to present Wade Jackson’s compelling format Ferris Wheel.  Each night, enjoy unique stories were wound together on the ride that changed everything. Love won and lost, fortunes and futures made or broken. Some stories were just beginning. Others turn to an unlooked-for end.

Lives were spun!

Price: Koha, with a hat passed around at the end, but if you have nothing spare to put in it that’s okay, we’d still like you to come enjoy our show.

When:
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Where:The Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page
Fringe Festival Page – Koha Ticket

So, get out and enjoy Wellington’s lively live theatre and comedy scene.  In comparison that flickering screen in the corner of your lounge is, well, quite flat.

 

Tuesday Workout in October/November/December 2016!

The Tuesday Workout is WIT’s standard session for members and usually means you’ve graduated from at least a level two class or have equivalent improv experience. There is a season pass for all 8 sessions (which is cheaper) or drop-in with cash ($15) on the nights you can make it.

Next block of sessions is Tuesdays from 18 October to 6 December (with a break on November 1st), BATS Studio (1 Kent Terrace, Wellington), 7pm – 9pm.   

Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.

Note: If you are new to improv, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, runs through the Wellington Community Education Centre 4 times a year.

 

 

New committee for 2016/17

WIT’s annual general meeting was held on Tuesday 26th of July, and a new committee elected with a heady mix of fresh faces and ol’ hands:

Co-ordinator: Kate Zabranski
Creative Directors: Wiremu Tuhiwai and Anrik Drenth
Treasurer: Todd Rangiwhetu
Secretary: Hedy Manders

If you want to ask questions, make comments or tell us things you think WIT needs to know, get in contact!

 

 

Improv Next Step (Level Two)

Improv Next Step (formerly Improvisation For The Stage) runs for eight weeks two or three times a year.  It is ideally suited to people who have completed WIT’s introductory course, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, or those with previous experience of improv.  Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.

The next course will be in October, and is being run in co-operation with the Wellington Community Education Centre – Signup here!

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Clare Kerrison

Clare is a WIT founding member and former creative director. She’s been to drama school, Loose Moose and co-managed BATS Theatre. In 2016 she moved back to NZ after seven years in Cambridge, UK where she revived the improv community by creating and delivering a class curriculum, jam nights, shows and co-founding the Cambridge Improv Factory. She’s also played in London harold teams, learned from teachers of many different styles, created a solo and played in Bristol’s long running improvised soap opera, Closer Each Day. She’s stoked to be back in Wellington and able to use the word ‘stoked’ again. You can find her at @suriahslip or www.suriahslip.com.

Matt Powell

Matt Powell

Matt Powell is an accomplished improvisor with over 15 years’ experience teaching, performing, and directing improvisation. In addition to 12 years with Christchurch’s Court Jesters, Matt has taught around New Zealand and Australia, as well as by invitation at the 2015 FÉRIIR improvisation festival on Réunion Island.

In 2014, while still living in Christchurch, Matt was twice invited to teach WIT intensives on body language and direction in improv.  He loved Wellington so much he moved here in 2015, and continues to create fresh and innovative improvisation, including several shows with PlayShop and, with Jennifer O’Sullivan, the award-winning 2016 Fringe show Awkward Threesome.

As a teacher, he has a particular focus on connection, collaboration, and finding joy in the moment.

Fringe 2016 – Attack of the Killer B-Movie

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!

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you a new 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 influenced by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – bring us your most ridiculous original B-Movie titles, and see what we create for you!

This show happened in the 2016 Fringe Festvial Tue 16 Feb  – Fri 19 Feb 2016, 9pm, BATS Theatre – The Dome

A special edition visit is being made by WIT to the Nelson Fringe Festival, with a workshop Sunday 1st May, 10am – 1pm and the show Monday 2nd May, 9pm

 

Spookytown! October 30th at the Fringe Bar

It’s time to find out who shall rule the Wellington Improv Undead this Halloween in an action filled evening of spooky fun.

There will be prizes* for the audience, who have the awesome and spooktacularly difficult task of deciding who from among our cast of improvisors is most worthy to wear the dark and sparkling crown of Doooommm!!

Feel free to dress up (hey, there’ll be prizes for that), tickets $10 at the door, and the usual delicious beverages available from the bar.

Venue: The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington
When: Sunday October 30th 2016
Time: 8.00, show duration 1 hr
Cost: $10, pay at the door
Facebook Event!
* modest modest prizes

 

nzif 2015 WIT Cruise

2015 NZIF Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise!

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

 

 

Short form fun show

Improv for the Stage with WIT!

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.

Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.