Doom and Bloom MIRAGE

BATS Theatre, The Heyday Dome, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

20/09/2019 - 20/09/2019

Production Details

Laugh and cry at the absurdity of our world. This time, we improvise a show based on your answer to this question: What’s something in society that appears to be one thing, but is actually another? 

“Marvellously ridiculous yet paradoxically authentic!” – Elizabeth Olsen, Frequent Audience Member 

Heads up: This comedy & tragedy improv play is more impolite character exploration than it is fast-type theatre sports. We do that too, but y’know, this ain’t it. 

BATS Theatre The Heyday Dome
Premiering Friday, 20th September 2019
Full Price $16
Concession Price $12n
Group 6+ $10  

*Access to The Heyday Dome is via stairs, so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.

Theatre , Improv ,

1 hr

Entertaining and relevant twists and turns

Review by Margaret Austin 21st Sep 2019

Doom and Bloom (Brendan ‘Monty’ West and Ben Zolno) clearly have a following. They’re premiering their new show Mirage at Bats Heyday Dome for a packed house. These two are improvisers – Doom’s a Kiwi thespian and Bloom hails from Chicago. It’s perhaps a bizarre coupling but then so’s the show.

They begin by asking us to provide an answer to the question: “What is it in society that appears to be something but is actually something else”. No one is scratching their head – except me.  

“Schools,” offers my neighbour. I always love this moment in improvised work, when the actors hear a word and let it sink (or is it rise?) to the level at which they can use it to launch a dialogue.

And they do. We get a conversation between a senior teacher and a student – and I get the impression I’m witnessing a formula: a dominant character versus a weaker one. Formula aside, it makes for highly entertaining verbal twists and turns. And succeeds in taking the piss out of a relationship that can be fraught.

From this launch point, Doom and Bloom go on to give us a series of conversations based loosely – well very loosely, but who cares – on their theme. Especially delightful is the exchange between a heterosexual couple about their new downsized dwelling; and a discussion of a novel theatre experience, where everyone could be Hamlet. 

A young woman in the row in front of me says as well as being a fan herself, so is her grandmother! I think that’s a pretty good recommendation for a show that at no time depends on cheap jibes or vulgarity, and instead makes its mark by being entertaining and relevant. 


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