Cut to the Chase – Special Director’s Edition

Cross Street Studios, Auckland

21/05/2009 - 23/05/2009

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details

Ready for quick fire journeys into the unknown?

After a successful debut at the 2008 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Reverend Jellie returns with Cut to the Chase, an everchanging show which explores new styles of improvisation.

Reverend Jellie was formed in 2006 out of a collective desire to explore new styles of improvisation. The experienced troupe, comprising Steven Lyons, Michael Fletcher, Keith Mackenzie and Matt Armstrong had performed many different formats and were keen for a new challenge.  After extensive workshopping a new format evolved and Cut to the Chase was born. 

Dubbed as ‘quick fire journeys into the unknown’ the show involves the improvisers opening their imaginations wide. The troupe then improvise their way through events, from epic to everyday, under the guidance of ‘The Director’.  As well as providing the initial ideas the audience get to randomly select the troupe member who will fulfil the role of ‘Director’ for each part of the show.

Michael Fletcher says that the troupe were keen to build on the success of the 2008 show and bring improvisation to a wider audience. "We noticed that many of the audience members at our 2008 show were watching improv for the first time so we are keen to attract even more first timers this year." 

The dual challenge of performing and directing within one show requires a high level of energy and commitment but is one that the troupe relishes. That, coupled with the fact that each show will be completely different, means that the 2009 NZICF promises to be an exciting one for Reverend Jellie.

Dates:  Thursday May 21st – Friday May 23rd
Venue:  Cross Street Studios, 27 Cross St (upstairs)
Tickets:  $14, $12 conc
Bookings:  Ticketek (; 0800 TICKETEK) 

1hr, no interval

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