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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

iconSet 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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2014 – Battle of WITs, Fringe

minibow2014Wellington’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

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NZ Improv Festival

NZ Improv Festival, 2013

September 17-21 2013 at Bats Theatre. WIT had a fine fine time playing with all our improv friends at the 2013 New Zealand Improv Festival. The #Divas were wonderful, and the special festival penultimate episode of Young and the Witless saw characters’ lives reshaped in some surprising ways. We had fun on stage and off; including mixing it up with other players in the ensemble shows and taking workshops with amazing visiting teachers. The comment from one reviewer, that “being in a theatre full of improvisers high on five days of fun can make one think that anything is possible” is about right. Thanks and cheers to all the people who made it happen … the producer, the musicians, the lighting guy, the players,  the setters-up-of-things, the leaflet hander-outerers, the lovely reviewers, the lovely sponsors, the lovely audiences. And super dooper especially to Festival Producer Jennifer O’Sullivan and Artistic Director Christine Brooks! Much much more at The New Zealand Improv Festival website.

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# Divas

For one night only, on the opening night of the 2013 New Zealand Improv Festival, WIT’s Improv Divas present . . . Hashtag Divas.   

What’s really going on behind those cheery smugdates we all see on our Facebook timelines? In scenes inspired by real-life Facebook updates, the Divas explore this pervasive social medium where everyone’s lives are on display – but the truth is a lot harder to pin down.

The Improv Divas, New Zealand’s only all-female all-improvised comedy act, in an entertaining evening of on-the-spot storytelling.

Nicola Pauling
Kate Wilson
Mary Little

Date/Time
Date(s) – 17/09/2013
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
BATS Theatre

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Isn’t it time you learnt to improvise?!

WIT’s next The Joy of Improvisation course starts at the Community Education Centre at Wellington High School, for eight weeks on Thursday nights at 7.30pm, from October 17th – complete improv beginners very welcome.  No need for any drama or comedy experience either, although if you have had some you’re welcome too.

Discover your creative potential and learn how to work in a team using the skills of improvisation to spontaneously create short scenes and stories in a safe and positive group environment.

Read more about our training in general, or go straight to CEC’s website and signup now!   Contact us if you have any specific questions.

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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Discover Improv this May!

Four times a year WIT runs The Joy of Improvisation, a series of classes  tailored to those who are completely new to improv or have had a break of a few years, and want to have fun learning how to improvise short scenes and stories in a safe and positive group environment.  There is an end-of-course demonstration of group exercises for family and friends.

The next course runs for eight weeks on Thursday nights, beginning at 7.30 on the 16th of May, led by the fabulous Nicky Hill.  This is run in association with the Community Education Centre at Wellington High School; enroll directly through their website.

This WIT Level 1 course is a pre-requisite for further courses and membership of WIT, New Zealand’s largest and friendliest improv community.  If you have extensive improv experience already, or aren’t sure if this course is for you, please contact us.

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All-Star Micetro, 2013

Micetro improvised comedy

Fringe Festival fixture (and former Fringe best comedy winner) Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.

Watch as a crew of eager improvisers go head to head in a battle of wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and glorious failure. The audience will decide who gets eliminated and who will survive to be crowned ‘Micetro’.  Continue reading