PRINCESSES and Other Girls Who Rule the World

BATS Theatre, The Random Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

09/10/2019 - 11/10/2019

NZ Improv Festival 2019

Production Details

An all-female cast creates a story entirely from audience suggestions, focusing on female or non-gender specific narratives. Aimed at audience 4 years – 10 years and lead by Impro Melbourne’s Katherine Weaver, this is a storytelling session you don’t want to miss.

Introduce and normalize new narratives for the next generation, come on down to BATS Theatre for a matinee from the 9 – 11 October.

BATS Theatre: The Random Stage
9 – 11 October 2019
at 1pm
All Tickets $12
Full Price $12
Group of 4 $10
Group of 4 Price $40 (4 tickets only) $10
Full Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $45
Concession Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $36

NZ Improv Festival, Kids and Family

The Random Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office by 4.30pm on the show day if you have accessibility requirements so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.

Performed by:
Katherine Weaver 
Jennifer O'Sullivan 
Clare Kerrison 
Stevie Hancox-Monk 
Laura Irish

Music by Charlotte Glucina

Lights by Darryn Woods

Theatre , Improv , Family , Children’s ,

45 mins

The audience knows best

Review by Margaret Austin 09th Oct 2019

This show, created and directed by Melbourne based improviser Katherine Weaver, takes place on Bats Random stage. There are six in the cast and they’re all female: Weaver, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Clare Kerrison, Stevie Hancox-Monk, Laura Irish and music by Charlotte Glucina. The title is perhaps justified by a role taken in the show, but it’s a bit of a tenuous link.  

It’s a show for kids and they get plenty of chances to demonstrate their enthusiasm for participating. One wants to be a rock star, one a scientist, one a bus driver and yet another a pet shop owner.

These various ambitions get built into a performance that’s chiefly characterised by its dependence on audience reaction and the actors’ skill in involving them. They are happy to be trees, assistant scientists, or critics of bad parents (shades of Greta Thunberg).

My impression is that the performers here need a bit of help. There’s music, but maybe some costuming and perhaps some props could be handy to add a bit of extra pep.

After two scenes, our director wants to call it a day, but the audience won’t hear of it. The third and final improvisation, consisting of a busload of ambitions, is probably the most well realised.

If performers didn’t know it before, they do now. The audience knows best.


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