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Micetro in support of Rare Disorders NZ, September 29th 2019

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.  Last time  Lorraine was crowned the Greatest WIT in Wellington.  This time . . . well, there will be challengers.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  There’ll be songs!  Drama!  Pathos, bathos probably a bit of logos!    A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

All profits from the night go to support  Rare Disorders NZ – whose mission is to support, assist and promote better health care and wellbeing for patients and their families/​whānau living with a rare disorder in New Zealand

When: 7pm Sunday September 29th

Where:  The Powwow Room, 74 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Note that because it’s licensed premises if you’re not a grownup you’ll need to bring a parent, and if you are a grownup but look under 25 you’ll need to bring some ID.

Tickets:  doorsales or Buy Online Now $10/$5 concession

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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

**** Note that The Scruffy Bunny theatre is now in its Fringe Fest special location: Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtenay Place, Wellington ****

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 agree 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, and former nurses at long-closed special hospitals. Most significantly he attended lectures at Wellington’s Masseytonic University, and interviewed members of the faculty in exhaustive detail. He gathered dark tales of twisted deeds and unnatural monsters, and learnt truths that no man may learn without descending into madness. This research was 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 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.

Tickets: available as doorsales, or through the Fringe website, $10 or $7 concession/with a Fringe Addict pass.

When:
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, Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtney Place Wellington

Would you like a copy of our posters to put on your work notice board, or just to keep and admire?  Well, click right here for an A4 sized jpg file

Ferris Wheel and Lovecrafted posters

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page
Fringe Festival Page – Tickets on sale from December 18th 2018

 

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Attack of the Killer Puppets!

[This show happened already, on October 31st 2018]

Halllooooweeeeen! Puppets. B-Movie inspired storylines. Improvisation! What could possibly go wrong?

The Wellington Improv Troupe (WIT) is delighted to bring you a ridiculous Halloween monster mashup of our regular homage to the 1950s B-Movie genre Attack of the Killer-B Movie and 2018 Fringe Fest felt-fest, The Late Night Puppets.

Entirely suitable for adults and robust older children who like hokey-spooky stuff. Our puppets may misbehave and get a bit rude or accidentally sweary (but not in a mean way) and there’ll also likely be dramatic stage lighting and depths-of-the-crypt style music. Tinfoil hat making material will be provided for added audience safety.

Tickets will be available from Eventfinda or as door sales, but by golly heck darn, we love it when people book tickets in advance. And then you know you won’t miss out if sales go crazy.

Finally, yes, you may bring your puppet, and puppets do not need to purchase a separate ticket to that held by their accompanying human, unless they are particularly large.

Where: The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre,  100 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington
When: 7pm, Wednesday 31st October
Tickets: $10

 

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Next Step and Joy of Improv from October 18th, enroll now!

Theses courses are often is fully booked, so enroll now to make sure you don’t miss out.

The Joy is WIT’s foundation class and suitable for any level of experience.  It has been run by WIT in association with the Wellington Community Education Centre (WCEC) for over 10 years now, and classes are always led by senior WIT trainers/performers.  This term Brenton Hodgson  will be leading the Joy of Improv.

WCEC operate a pleasing smorgasbord of Adult Education classes at various community venues, including many (like WIT’s) at the Wellington High School in Taranaki St, Mt Cook.

Warm up the dark nights of winter and those chill evenings of spring with a whole bunch of laughter and revel in being spontaneous and playful.

happy new improvisors

The Next Step is for peeps who’ve completed The Joy, or who already have some improv experience with another troupe.  The focus is on becoming super stage ready, supporting your fellow players, and generally having an excellently fun time.  This is usually run after every-other Joy of Improv, so there won’t be another course until term ii in 2019.

Both classes will come together to create a fabulous end-of-year graduation show for friends and family, at The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, on Sunday December 9th.

In Term 4 this will be led by Ali Little (a Co-Creative Director of WIT, also convener of the Wellington Improv Meetup, Wimprov), with some guest leaders teaching special skills on a couple of nights.

happy new improvisors

Next Joy of Improv starts on August 2nd, enroll now!

Wiremu Tuhiwai will be leading the Joy of Improv in Term 3.   The course is often is fully booked, so enroll now to make sure you don’t miss out.

The Joy is WIT’s foundation class and suitable for any level of experience.  It has been run by WIT in association with the Wellington Community Education Centre (WCEC) for over 10 years now, and classes are always led by senior WIT trainers/performers.

WCEC operate a pleasing smorgasbord of Adult Education classes at various community venues, including many (like WIT’s) at the Wellington High School in Taranaki St, Mt Cook.

Warm up the dark nights of winter and those chill evenings of spring with a whole bunch of laughter and revel in being spontaneous and playful.

happy new improvisors

 

Term 2 Classes Starting May 10th

Wiremu Tuhiwai will be leading the Joy of Improv (for any level of experence) and Ali Little Improv The Next Step (for people with a basic grounding in improv).  Both are running Thursday nights May 10th to June 28th from 7.30 to 9.30pm.  The Next Step group will also be putting on a graduation show on Thursday July 5th.

The classes are run in association with the Wellington Community Education Centre, which operates a delicious smorgasbord of Adult Education at various community venues, including many (like these) at the Wellington High School in Taranaki St, Mt Cook.

There are still a limited number of places left in both, so maybe it’s not too late to warm up the dark nights of winter with a whole bunch of laughter.

happy new improvisors

 

All-Star Gorilla

NZ International Comedy Festival 2015

 

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.

Our comedy festival cast:

Ali Little
Steven Youngblood
Hedy Manders
Geoff Simmons
Kate Zed
Brenton Hodgson
Wiremu Tuhiwai
Hayley Webster
Oliver Probert
Dianne Pulham
Mike Webster

Gorilla – Dru, WIT’s resident gorilla
Musician – Matt Hutton

Dates: Tuesday 12th to Saturday 15th May

Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Tickets: $13-$15
* service fees may apply
Doorsales or Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
Show Duration: 1 hour

2014 Comedy Festival – All Star Micetro

performers onstageWIT is back with its beloved competitive comedy elimination show!

Micetro is a raucous evening of spontaneity that mixes beloved improv games, charismatic humility, and audience suggestions to create a unique night of entertainment that will never be seen again. Catch a mix of Wellington’s best loved improvisors plus WIT’s newest recruits as they face off in this gladiatorial contest!

“I laughed so hard I couldn’t see” – Salient

Venue: The Fringe Bar, Allen St, Wellington
Dates: Sun 4th, 11th, and 18th of May, 7pm
Tickets:  Adults $18.00, Conc. $14.00, Groups 6+ $15.00  * service fees may apply
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
NB: Doorsales only for the show on Sunday 18th.
Show Duration:  1 hour

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2014 – Return to Sender, Fringe

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Set in the Dead Letter Office, where undeliverable letters are stored and filed, never to be read, until now. Postal workers read the letters inspiring fellow improvisers to create scenes, stories and characters reflecting the spirit of these words.

Part of the  Fringe Festival 2014
When: February 18th – 22nd
Where: The Gryphon Theatre, 6.30pm
Prices: Full $16, Concession $14, Fringe Addict $12, Artist Card $5

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