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Five Hundred Shows Later – NZIF 2023


A community full of classic improv characters come together for an epic celebration show. What could possibly go wrong?

Happening as part of the 2023 NZ Improv Festival in Wellington. Five Hundred Shows explores what happens when a small town of enthusiastic amateur dramatists build the most epic show that was ever built.

Where: The Stage, BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace Wellington
When: Friday October 6th, 8pm
Tickets: BATS Website or ticket office

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Spookytown – Halloween improv Jam 2023!

Halloween is when the restless spirits of the uneasy undead walk the streets of the Windy City, and therefore exactly the right time for a gently haunted improv jam.

Dress up as you like, or even disguise yourself as someone Perfectly Normal. There may well be prizes, and certainly there’ll be candy. The Jam will organinsed in a directed ‘games from the hat’ style, with suggestions used to inspire games and open scenes.

If you’d like to play you’re in! If you feel a bit shy, you’re the audience!! Doors open at 6.30pm for a group warm up, sitting down for the full jaminess from 7pm. It’s simple and fun, with plenty of friendly people to support you if you haven’t done improv in a while, or even much ever at all.

Of course, as this is a licensed venue if you’re under 18 bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25 (as so many of the undead do) be sure to bring your id.

Where: The PowWow Room, 74 Courtenay Place Wellington (upstairs from the Dakota Bar)
When: 31st October, 6.30/7pm
Cost: $5 Concession / $10 General, buy tickets online or at the door

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Directors Cut, 15 August 2023

This show has happened already!  

But, stay tuned for other WIT shows 

Classic comedy theatre without a script from the Wellington Improvisation Troupe.

The show will feature Directors competing with other Directors to direct a talented troupe of bold improvisors in a series of unique scenes.

Some directors will ask for audience suggestions, others will use ideas drawn from the very depths of their tortured souls. Either way, You will choose which tale is told to it’s very end.

NB that The Pow Wow Room is a licensed venue. This means that delicious beverages of various kinds will be available, BUT if you look youthful bring legal ID, and if you *are* an actual youth you must bring your legal grownups.

When: 7pm Tuesday August 15th 2023
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:  cash-only doorsales or Buy Online Now $10 / $5 Concession

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Auckland Improv Fest 2023 – Attack of the Killer B-Movie

WIT was scheduled to take Attack of the Killer B-Movie to Auckland back in 2020.  April 2020 – so that didn’t happen then.  But it’s happening April 2023 – we are VERY EXCITED.  There are plans for a Wellington relauch of the classic genre game too.  YAY!!

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Review of WIT’s Attack of the Killer B-Movie! During the 2016 Fringe

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you an improvised show following the classic elements of B-Movies. Join our unsuspecting cast, as a series of unfortunate events lead them to a horrifying discovery… who will survive? Who will find love? And why is the phone always dead when you need to call for help?!

The story will be shaped by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – see what we create for you!

Covert Theatre, 51 Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Sunday 16 April 2023 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets are on Eventfinder 

Visit our Facebook Event Page for the latest details, show photos, cast gossip and the rest.

DETAILS of all things Fest on the Auckland Improv Festival Website

cast and crew

two people smiling out of a tinsel window, jar of jam beside

The Ferris Wheel – Christmas 2022

THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED!!  
There’ll be more shows on soon

A SHOW THEN A JAM!!!  WIT SHALL BE MERRRY!!!

“Delightful energy, alertness and vulnerability . . . fresh and invigorating” – Theatreview

Set on the classic fairground ride this unique show will star a rotating cast (ha!), weaving stories from the lives of characters spun together.  The Ferris Wheel format was created by Wade Jackson for Auckland’s Improv Bandits, and WIT has loved it with permission for years.

Our Jam will be a selection of ol favourite games from the year with suggestions drawn from a hat: take part or watch the fun, both are good options.

WIT is Wellington’s community based improv troupe, its players share a love of storytelling and work together as a team to inspire the audience.

When:  7pm Tuesday 12 December 2022
Where: The Pow Wow Room, 74 Courtney Place Wellington.  This is a licensed venue, so bring ID if you look youthful, or a parent or guardian if you actually are youthful.
Schedule (approximately):  Ferris Wheel from 7pm to 7.40pm, break for snacks then an improv jam to finish the year from 8-8.30pm

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page

Director’s Cut – Thursdays 7th and 28th July 2022

Our July shows have happened and were a bunch of fun!   The old notice can stay here to remember them by …

Group of improvisors in very dim light

Some of the WIT Crew after the show

Directors! Directors competing with other Directors to direct a talented troupe of bold improvisors!! Expect an exciting mix of directed games and open scenes, some drawing on audience suggestions, others drawn from the very depths of the tortured soul of a director.

**New Venue Alert**
This show is at R Bar, and the Cuba St access is via a flight of stairs. BUT, there is ramp access from Pringle Street, and if you need to use it, just contact the bar and they’ll make sure the right doors are open. There’s a mobility-accessible toilet too.

Also, this is a licensed venue, meaning that there are delicious alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages available. However, if you’re under 18 you must bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25, bring id.

Tickets will be $10, either door sales or via a ticket link here just as soon as we can organise one.

So prepare to “drop anchor and join your Mateys” at Wellington’s original Pirate Hideaway and Rummery

What: Director’s Cut
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT)
Cost: $10
When: Thursdays 7th and 28th July 2022
Where: R Bar, 49 Courtenay Place
Facebook Event:  Thursday 7th and Thursday 28th
Tickets will be going live shortly (we’re just waiting on the ticketing site thingy)

Fancy poster for the show
Three small people staring at a giant hand with a scalpel under the word's Director's Cut

“As a troupe, they boast an effective and playful onstage chemistry” ~ Theatreview

“This group’s bounding energy overtook the stage” ~ Nelson Mail

improvisors training in front of a window

framed photo of improvisors with cleaver and fork to the sides

Director’s Cut – Monday 16th May 2022

Directors! Directors competing with other Directors to direct a talented troupe of bold improvisors!! Expect an exciting mix of directed games and open scenes, some drawing on audience suggestions, others drawn from the very depths of the tortured soul of a director.

This show is at The Pow Wow room, which although a lovely venue is at the top of a flight of stairs with no lift. If you have mobility issues and there’s any way we can help (eg, a phalanx of volunteers to carry you aloft like Cleopatra on a golden litter) contact us in advance.
Also, this is a licensed venue, meaning that there are *delicious* alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages available. However, if you’re under 18 you must bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25, bring id.

What: Director’s Cut
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT)
Cost: $10 monies going to charity
When: Monday 16th May 7pm
Where: The Pow Wow Room, Level 1, 74 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington (up the stairs to the left of The Dakota Bar)
Facebook Event will be going up shortly (we’re just waiting on the ticketing thingy)

Fancy poster for the show (look for this outside the Pow Wow Room stairs on the night)

poster for Director's Cut improv show

“As a troupe, they boast an effective and playful onstage chemistry” ~ Theatreview

“This group’s bounding energy overtook the stage” ~ Nelson Mail

improvisors training in front of a window

framed photo of improvisors with cleaver and fork to the sides

Director’s Cut – Monday 18th April 2022

Our first public show in seems-like forever, back in our old Pow Wow Room stomping ground HAS ALREADY HAPPENED!! $100 was donated to food charity Everybody Eats.   But you can read the PR below; there’ll be another show happening soon, likely in Mid May

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Directors! Directors competing with other Directors to direct a talented troupe of bold improvisors!! Expect an exciting mix of directed games and open scenes, some drawing on audience suggestions, others drawn from the very depths of the tortured soul of a director.

This show is at The Pow Wow room, which although a lovely venue is at the top of a flight of stairs with no lift. If you have mobility issues and there’s any way we can help (eg, a phalanx of volunteers to carry you aloft like Cleopatra on a golden litter) contact us in advance.
Also, this is a licensed venue, meaning that there are *delicious* alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages available. However, if you’re under 18 you must bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25, bring id.

What: Director’s Cut
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT)
Cost: Koha (but really it’s you we want) monies going to charity
When: Monday 18th April (Easter Monday!) 7pm
Where: The Pow Wow Room, Level 1, 74 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington (up the stairs to the left of The Dakota Bar)
Facebook Event

“As a troupe, they boast an effective and playful onstage chemistry” ~ Theatreview

“This group’s bounding energy overtook the stage” ~ Nelson Mail

improvisors training in front of a window

Two improvisors in a bowl of jam, with the text "Improv Jam"

Jam with WIT – Sunday 28 MARCH 2021

THIS SHOW HAS HAPPENED!  BUT THERE’LL BE OTHER SHOWS SOON 😀

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Our end-of-February Jam night is postponed to March 28th!!  It’ll be even Jamyier for having to wait.

Expect an exciting mix of directed games and open scenes, all drawing on audience suggestions.

If you’d like to play you’re in! If you feel a bit shy, you’re the audience!!  Doors open at 6.30pm for a group warm up, sitting down for the full jaminess from 7pm. It’s simple and fun, with plenty of friendly people to support you if you haven’t done improv in a while, or even much ever at all.

This show is at The Pow Wow room, and although a lovely venue is at the top of a flight of stairs with no lift. If you have mobility issues and there’s any way we can help (eg, a phalanx of volunteers to carry you aloft like Cleopatra on a golden litter) contact us in advance.
Also, this is a licensed venue, so if you’re under 18 bring a parent or guardian, and if you look under 25, bring your id.

What: An Improv Jam
Who: The Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT)
Cost:  Koha appreciated, but it’s you we want
When: Sunday 28th February, at 7pm
Where: The Pow Wow Room, Level 1, 74 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington (up the stairs to the left of The Dakota Bar)

“As a troupe, they boast an effective and playful onstage chemistry” ~ Theatreview

“This group’s bounding energy overtook the stage” ~ Nelson Mail

 

improvisors training in front of a window

 

Wit people at a Tuesday training

What’s Happening Behind the Curtain????

WIT is plotting and planning more shows for 2023!

Tentatively, there’ll be some end of month Micetro or Director’s Cut shows, The Return of The Killer-B Movie (at the Auckland Improv Fest, and also closer to home too), maybe a Halloween show and a Xmas show, along with friends-and-family end of course shows by people taking WIT courses. We’ll let you know when things are confirmed!

Visit the Facebook Event Page for the latest details, team photos, gossip and the rest.

Micetro winner surrounded by admirers