12 DAYS • 43 Performances • 100+ Improvisors
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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
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.
Got something you’re keen to jam? Want to try something out without the pressure of a show? Scratch Night is the perfect opportunity to give something a go, make some connections and make a fool of yourself, everyone else is in exactly the same boat!
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!
A motley crew of improvisors invade Bats’ Lumen bar for an adventurous interlude of adversity, triumph, and copious shenanigans. Based on that traditional British pub entertainment, the mummer’s play. At least what we remember of it. We might be a bit wrong.
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.)
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.
Want to get behind us? There’s room for you too!
On Monday 13 October at 1:30pm, Susan Williams will be presenting a talk on Accessibility in Improv for the Forums Series 2019. This is a free, public event at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, and she’s provided a handout for anyone who needs access in advance of the presentation.
I'm Taka Ueda from Osaka Japan, falling in love with the NZIF because of everybody's heart warming support to let me advance on the way to the next stage in international improv scene. I'm an improviser and an artistic director of IMPACT360 in Osaka Japan. It's the third time that I have took part in NZIF. Once in two years, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Susan Williams is an actor and improviser. She is also a queer, functionally blind, chronically ill, geek, and proud of it! This is her second year at NZIF, having made her debut co-teaching and co-directing Stories of the Darkest Night last year.
Luke is a founder of ImproMafia, one of Australia's oldest improvised theatre companies and has been improvising for nigh on twenty years. At NZIF 2019 he directs Corporation Theatre in Hooking Up / Trade, a queer double header on 17-18 October at BATS Theatre.
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.