BATS Theatre (Out-Of-Site) Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington

17/09/2013 - 17/09/2013

NZ Improv Festival 2013

Production Details

NZIF brings together improvisers from all over New Zealand and Australia together. What better way to get to know each other than by sharing some true stories and then improvising scenes inspired by those stories on stage? With an audience!

Watch as some of the best improvisers in NZ and Australia meet for the first time on stage to weave honest monologues and scenes into a show as delicious as honey on crumpet with a cup of tea in bed.

With 17 shows in 5 days, the New Zealand Improv Festival is bound to tickle your tastebuds.

Book your tickets now at BATS Theatre (Out of Site)
($18 / $14)
or email to see all three shows in one night for $36! 

Date(s) – 17/09/2013
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

55 mins

A lively and stimulating launch

Review by John Smythe 18th Sep 2013

This year’s NZ Improv Festival gets off to an excellent start with seven players from around NZ and a couple of Aussies plus two musicians offering Opening Crumpet, led by Wellington’s Christine Brooks.

The audience ask-for is a favourite song. Poi E being described as a song of celebration delivers ‘celebration’ as the inspiration for a series of true stories told by players which in turn provoke improvisations.

As if to the manner born, Alice Canton, Derek Flores and Matt Powell from Christchurch, Kirsten Price and Christine Brooks from Wellington, Rik Brown and Jason Geary from Melbourne, conjure scenarios from the ether with deceptive ease.

A surprising range of emotional territory is traversed to make for a lively and stimulating Festival launch.


John Smythe September 18th, 2013

Let me hasten to add that the musical improvising of Robbie Ellis and Tane Upjohn-Beatson was as witty and appropos as any I've ever seen in an improv show. (Apologies for the ommission - I've been side-tracked by having to write an urgent op-ed piece for tmorrow's DomPost on the demise of Downstage.)

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