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

12/10/2019 - 12/10/2019

NZ Improv Festival 2019

Production Details

Willkomen! Step inside the Kit Kat Prov where the drinks are flowing, the music is playing and the performers are waiting to entertain you. A Fosse-esque night of stories and song that will delight in the darkness and dance in the light. Leave your worries at the door and stay awhile why don’t you.

Rik Brown was NZIF 2013’s Special Guest and has come back to many festivals since, spreading his unique brand of hilarious and charming improv to the NZ improv scene.

BATS Theatre: The Heyday Dome 
12 October 2019
at 7pm
Full Price $20
Concession Price $15
Group 6+ $15
Full Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $45
Concession Price Season Pass – 3 shows for $36 

NZ Improv Festival

*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

A different kind of experience

Review by Roslyn Hart 13th Oct 2019

The BATS Dome space is set up jazz cabaret style. The cast are dressed up. I am loving the opening scene; the cast are swirling around the room. Rik Brown emerges from the back of the room; I take a moment to appreciate his shoes. He is powering forward with swag and the cast are bunching in behind him. The cast are clicking their fingers and whispering The Kit Kat Prov – also whispered, I notice, by the musician, Liam Kelly. This reminds me of a Chicago the musical.

They are moving closer to the audience and repeating the sequence. I am feeling the excitement and anticipation. What is going to happen next? Rik asks us for the magic word. What is the magic word? Is ‘please’ the magic word? Someone yells pizza – oh I get it – they are asking inspiration for the show. Pizza is the inspiration for this show. 

A number of pizza related scenes unravel in front of us. Tara McEntee is an Italian woman hungrily waiting for Francesco (who we have not met) to make her margherita pizza – with pineapple. But Francesco is dead. He died of scorching hot pineapple. Rik in the background announces he didn’t understand the mechanics of an oven. The cast gasps. Rik continues, “Stupid Francesco, he deserved to die.” The cast agree and turn ‘Stupid Francesco, he deserved to die’ into a song. Pizza is dead.

We continue to slip into more scenes. I am not sure if there will be over-arching story line that will tie all these characters together. I enjoy how the cast is being utilised in so many ways. I am noticing there are different cast members narrating scenes throughout the show. I see cues for changing a scene vary. I see offers from background cast (those who are not centre stage at that moment) build on the scene in front of them.  I enjoy this interaction and the richness of depth this brings this show.

Being a dancer/performer myself, this show is intriguing my performing senses. I am taking in the set, design, costuming, movement and the various ways of utilising cast. I enjoy the cohesion of these elements. This is a different kind of experience to a regular improv show. This show has texture: singing, movement, narration, comedy, drama, more involvement of cast and exciting cues.


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