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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
Quinn is just an ordinary kid - but these school holidays, our expert improvisers will send Quinn on an extraordinary adventure of your making. You create the creatures and characters you want our hero to encounter, so gather your young adventurers: we're about to tell a new tale of Quinn!
Who runs the world? GIRLS! And who decides what adventures they go on? Well.. you can! Join the Princesses and help us create adventures and antics full of whatever YOU like. Aimed at audience 4 - 10 years and lead by Impro Melbourne’s Katherine Weaver, this is a storytelling session you don’t want to miss.
The perfect way to kick off your New Zealand Improv Festival, Here’s A Thing! is a chance to experience a smorgasbord of what’s to come from some of the many faces at NZIF. You don’t want to miss this talented array of improvisers!
Local heroes, national champs and international superstars all face off in this brutal hilarious battle! A constant favourite in the NZIF calendar, laugh, cry, cheer and sigh as NZIF searches for the international heavyweight improv champ, crowned at the grand final on Friday 18 October.
Aotearoa takes on the globe in this joyous collision of local and international talent. Watch your favourite improvisers go head to head to defend their patriotic sensibilities. Only on Saturday the 19th on the Random Stage - you don’t want to miss this David and Goliath match of epic proportions!
The Mahua Improv Show is a very renowned and popular Chinese improv comedy show, using free dialogue, physical expression and performance skills to create unique improvised comedy. Mahua Improv’s enthusiasm and talent are celebrated in China and beyond - don’t miss this incredible event entirely in Mandarin!
From a random job from a career guide, the cast creates for you a fully improvised musical that will knock your socks off. The performers are remarkably talented, and the songs they create in the moment will astound you - from deeply emotional and heartfelt, to sublimely silly. You’ll be laughing and crying, and sometimes unsure which to do.
The western frontier: a boiling pot of ambition and opportunity. But when such strong personalities and ideals clash, there's only one possible outcome: a duel. Mild West: Draw! is an instant longform by Dunedin's Improsaurus, where life hangs on the flip of a coin!
Regrets - we’ve all had a few. There’s nothing more human than thinking “what if”. In this show the improvisers of Best on Tap create truth-based spontaneous theatre based on the audience’s shoulda, woulda, couldas.
The Newlyweds are a two-prov team made up of real-life married couple Eleanor Stankiewicz and Marcel Blanch-de Wilt. Each night at NZIF, they’re inviting another team to enjoy a double-date with them. Just like a double-date, ice will be broken, laughs will be had and by the end everyone will be best friends (hopefully.)
Aren’t there just some characters that you just love? Developed by Jason Geary, People Like You is a show designed for improvisers to try out characters they’ve been developing, people they genuinely like, and discover how they fit into the story.
Willkommen! Step inside the Kit Kat Prov where the drinks are flowing, the music is playing and the performers are waiting to entertain you. Leave your worries at the door and stay a while, why don't you?
An improvised radio drama inspired by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio shows. An Earthling and their alien friend escape Earth, only to discover that it is a big, strange universe out there. Led by Susan Williams (Stories of the Darkest Night, NZIF 2018), Galactapedia: Thumbing Through The Universe is accessible for performers and audience members who are blind/low vision/vision impaired.
Have you ever wondered what is behind a locked door? What secrets are held there, or what sorts of people are behind it? In Unlocked, a key is chosen, and used to ‘paint’ the door to which the key fits. Follow the performers into the world the key inspires.
Have you ever lost something important to you? Your wallet, your keys, the doll from your childhood? Did you lose someone close to you? Something You Lost will try to help you find what those lost belongings would say after all this time.
Six performers are all working hard to put on a good improv show. Well, almost all of them. One of them is trying to sabotage the show without getting caught. Can you, and the other performers, work out who The Saboteur is before the evening is ruined?
Walk the streets of Wellington with a fresh perspective. Be lead through the street by a team of improvisers, each applying their own supernatural twist to your journey along Wellington’s streets.
A high-energy show combining physical short-form improv games with heartfelt storytelling. A “Truth or Dare” raffle wheel determines if improvisers have to perform a randomly selected game (“Dare”), or tell a moving personal story (“Truth”). Witness a beautiful mix of daring tasks and honest moments.
New Zealand Improv Festival is grateful to be supported by Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council in delivering this incredible event.
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We are delighted to announce NZIF 2019’s financial assistance programme, which we hope will lower some barriers to participation. We especially encourage applications from improvisors often underrepresented at NZIF, including Māori and Pasifika, LGBTQI*, and people with disabilities.
These are the people making the festival happen! Love them? Yes we do! Across NZIF 2019, these are the people to talk to, to thank, to support, and to ensure have a drink of choice at our parties.
Submissions are now open for the 11th New Zealand Improv Festival, held at BATS Theatre 7-19 October 2019. Join us!
NZIF 2019 will be a 12 day event encompassing 10 days of performance, 8 days of workshops, and multiple networking and social events for participants, teachers, directors and other practitioners of improvised theatre.
We're delighted to announce 2018's Festival financial assistance programme, a new initiative which we hope will lower some barriers to participation. We have several areas in which we offer support, and we invite applications from any New Zealand based improvisors who would otherwise not be able to attend. We especially encourage applications from improvisors often underrepresented at NZIF, including Māori and Pasifika, LGBTQI*, and people with disabilities.
The New Zealand Improv Festival is looking for a rad bunch of production, admin, and marketing champs to help bring NZIF 2018 to the stage in October at BATS Theatre and Hannah Playhouse.
In 2008 four NZ companies came together for a three day festival of improvisation, to connect and to share their experiences. In the ten years since then the festival has grown to an eight day internationally attended event with over 100 practitioners from New Zealand, Australia, and further afield…
Robbie Ellis has been a musician for improv for literally more than half his life. He’s worked with ConArtists, WIT, The Improvisors, Improsaurus and the Court Jesters in New Zealand; he’s a past Music Co-ordinator for NZIF; and he’s also hit major Australian impro [sic] festivals.
Kevin McHugh is an improv pianist and teacher from Seattle. Since 2009 Kevin has lived in Tokyo, working as a full-time jazz pianist and accompanist for both Broadway and improv theatre shows.