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.
WIT embarked on a world-wide tour of Wellington this Fringe, with fun and festive family-friendly entertainment at a series of venues. The tour had to be cut short, but to everyone who did come to a show: we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.
Hutt Little Theatre Lower Hutt Sat 28 Feb [happened]
Expressions Gillies Group Theatre Upper Hutt Mon 02 Mar [happened]
Martinborough Town Hall, Texas St, Martinborough Wed 04 Mar [happened]
Cochran Hall, Cashmere School, 110 Cashmere Ave Khandallah Sat 07 Mar [cancelled]
Coasters Musical Theatre, 15 Hinemoa St Paraparaumu Wed 11 Mar [cancelled]
Porirua Little Theatre, 4 Lydney Place, Porirua Sat 14 Mar [cancelled]
If you have tickets to one of the cancelled shows, Eventfinda will refund to the credit card you made your purchase with.
If you would like an A4 poster for the pure nostalgia, here is one to print out and keep WWWT_A4poster
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
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
NZ International Comedy Festival 2013
The reviewer’s conclusion on Thrills, “. . .a happy blend of celebration and satire. Recommended “.
Quivering bodices. Dark brooding eyes. Unbridled passion. Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) brings you Thrills & Swoon: Improvised Romance. Inspired by the romance novels you pretend not to read, stories and scenes will be created on the spot, as fresh as an innocent flower waiting to be plucked. From the creators of improvised soap The Young and the Witless comes more hysterical romance.
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.
More about our training.
Between festivals and seasons of shows such as The Young and the Witless WIT began to regularly organise more informal nights at the Blue Note Bar (now the Fringe Bar). These were collectively promoted under the umbrella of Wednesdays with WIT, with the name shifting to The Improv Lounge in 2012.
Shows in Wednesdays with WIT included many Micetros, Gorillas, House Team shows, The Improv Lab (itself an umbrella for a variety of shows) and more. Many shows such as The Last Saloon and Divas and the Beast had their first public outing at a WwW evening before going on to a Fringe or Comedy Festival season.
WwW November 2011
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.