Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Nelson

28/10/2019 - 28/10/2019

Nelson Arts Festival 2019

Production Details

Follow The Wisp to an exciting outdoor setting.

After a gentle 15 minute walk, serenaded by birdsong, you will reach the bush-clad venue. Here, improvisors, a musician and a visual artist will create a fantastical story with your input and a brave adventurer will set off to find… The Wisp!

Bring a blanket, a torch and a cushion or a chair along to the Brook Sanctuary’s new Outdoor Classroom.

Dress warmly, it gets cool in the bush and be aware you’ll be entering a bio-secure area, small bags only, no backpacks.

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
Mon 28 Oct, 6.30pm

Wet weather venue: Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson
Check here if uncertain.

The Nelson Arts Festival is pleased to support the Nelson Fringe Festival and Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. Proceeds from this performance go to these two organisations. 

Theatre , Outdoor , Music , Improv , Family ,

1 hr

Fun, hilarious and at times brilliantly absurd

Review by Jennifer Currie 29th Oct 2019

The Wisp begins by leading audiences on a short walk into the wilds of The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. Native birds and a rushing creek serenade the walkers as they meander deep into the mature forest.  Drumbeats and a violin melody punctuate the last few moments of the walk, setting the tone for a magical performance.  

The Wisp is a cleverly improvised, family-orientated experience. It pursues the tale of an audience-selected hero as they follow the mystical wisp in order to solve a very big dilemma. Along the way a host of dynamic and colourful characters are brought to life using the suggestions of the gathered audience and a rack of eclectic costumes. 

A visual artist supports the improvisers, creating digital artworks in real time as children watch on, delighted to see their suggestions come to life. A selection of pre-drawn settings give the audience and cast inspiration for each character – perhaps they’re from the desert? Or maybe the bottom of the well?  

The performance is also accompanied by two skilled musicians who provide everything from atmospheric background music to lively songs for the improvisers to sing to.  Audiences are asked to join the percussionist in creating a travelling song during scene changes, as the improvisers ‘travel’ from one place to another by means suggested by the gathered audience.

This local group weaves a fun, hilarious and at times brilliantly absurd tale. With a focus on an adventure and creativity, the show is excellent for young inquisitive minds.  However the joy of watching improvisers battle with unorthodox suggestions and peculiar characters means the performance truly appeals to all ages. Don’t miss your chance to ‘follow The Wisp!’


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