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2014 – Battle of WITs, Fringe


Wellington’s best loved community improv troupe is back with another glorious season of Battle of WITs, and this time you can see it for FREE! The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) want to share the love with their hometown. All the Sunday evenings of this Fringe Festival come on down to the Fringe Bar and watch teams of intrepid improvisors battle it out to be crowned the champions.

Original theatre will be made up on the spot by tireless teams formed from a frothy mix of
Wellington’s leading improvisers and some courageously adorable newcomers. Choose your favourites, and help them soar to victory on a tide of audience approval.

Director Geoff Simmons promises that each night will be an evening of spur-of-the-moment storytelling and glorious failure. He explains that improv is “sometimes serious and frequently hilarious, either way I promise each night be a show that no one has ever seen before – or ever will again”. So, grab a drink and enjoy an unrepeatable blend of improvised games, tales, songs and shenanigans.

This Fringe Festival there are no tickets on sale for Battle of WITs. There may be a hat handed round, but just ignore it if you don’t have money, or don’t have fun.

“One of the safest bets for a good time at the Fringe ” – Theatreview
“I laughed so hard I couldn’t see” – Salient
Part of the  Fringe Festival 2014
When: Sundays 7pm, Feb 9th, 16th 23rd, and Mar 2nd.
Where: the Fringe Bar, 7pm


WIT show posters

Battle of WITs, Fringe 2007

fringe2007whiteicon The 11-strong cast will risk life and limb to act out scenes totally made up on the spot. They’ll attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast the other improvisers. You decide which scene wins, who receives immunity and who finally becomes Battle Of Wits champion!

February – March 2007, at Newtown Community Centre, Tararua Tramping Club, St Johns Hall, Karori, Linden Community Hall, Linden.

Battle of WITs, Fringe Festival 2004

BOW flyerAn epic clash of comedians where YOU decide the winner!
Wed 18th – Sun 22nd February
Battle of WITs is the all-new improvised comedy show from the Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT).

“‘Battle of WITs!’ will unleash comedy carnage on a scale never before seen in the capital! Well. at least not since our award-winning ‘micetro’ show in 2003.” says WIT’s co-creative director Julian Wilson, “Nine improvisers start the show, only one finishes. Blood will be spilt. Which is a shame because it’s really hard to get the stains out of my jumper.”

Scenes, songs and stories are made up on the spot by Wellington’s leading improvisers and gutsy newcomers alike, armed only with their wits! Split randomly into teams throughout the night, players must work together in order to sway the audience, whose vote, after each round, determines who gets to live on… or fall on the sword of death!

“The showdown in the final round has been known in the past to cause more than it’s fair share of heart failure amongst our audience”, explains Wilson.

Never…will so many…die laughing…at so little.