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The Wishing Tree, 2012


20th to 24th November, 2012

Returning to BATS Theatre, The Wishing Tree is New Zealand’s magical season of improvised theatre.

According to an ancient Japanese myth, there is one enchanting night where wishes come true. In honour of this myth, some of New Zealand’s finest improv artists conjure up stories inspired by the wishes of the audience.

Together we explore the unchartered territory of our dreams. Be careful what you wish for…

Created by Rama Nicolas, The Wishing Tree has been performed across Europe, the US and Australia and is presented in New Zealand by WIT. Book now – the last season at BATS sold out!

“The intimacy and ambience was enchanting…” – Theatreview
“…considerable theatrical bravery.” – The Dominion Post
“Elegant and touching…you must go and experience the show for yourself.” – Salient

Photographer Ali Little

The Wishing Tree, 2009


An enchanting new improv show, The Wishing Tree, comes to BATS Theatre from 8 – 12 December, presented by the Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT). Based on a Japanese myth of love, luck and fate, a tree blossoms with genuine wishes as anonymously supplied by the audience. These true desires become the inspiration for scenes that will transport audiences to a world where their own wishes are brought to life before their eyes. Sometimes for good, other times for ill, and sometimes just for a laugh.

The Wishing Tree premiered during the 2009 New Zealand Improv Festival with a one-off show comprising performers from troupes across New Zealand and Australia. Described as “elegant and touching” (Salient Magazine), by popular demand WIT is bringing this show back to Wellington audiences who missed out on the sold-out show during the Festival.

WIT Co-Creative Director, Christine Brooks, describes the concept as “a different kind of improv. A lot of improv shows are a bit of fun, but can end up being pretty disposable, like a comedy version of a one night stand. The Wishing Tree creates improvised theatre that I want to remember in the morning.”

Based on a format created by Rama Nicholas of Impro Melbourne, The Wishing Tree has been performed around the world, from Belgium to Seattle, inspiring performers and audience alike.

“We all have dreams, goals and desires,” says Brooks, “but how much do we think about them? Sometimes you get what you think you’ve always wanted and it’s kind of disappointing or you get something unexpected and it’s great! The Wishing Tree allows people to reflect on their desires and wishes in a fun, open way. It’s thrilling to be able to entertain people and make them think at the same time.”

Starring WIT regulars from improvised soap The Young and the Witless, Derek Flores, Simon Smith, Anton van Helden, Paul Sullivan, Christine Brooks and others, The Wishing Tree will bring your true desires to life in a unique theatre experience this December.