Local improvisors face off against the best of our international guests. Round by round we’ll see who’s got the goods - will Team NZ make it best out of three or will our international superstars humble our hometown heroes? See out our tenth anniversary festival with a heck of a bang!
Have you ever thought: if only you had not missed the bus that day, that your life would be different depending on which path you had taken? Sliding Doors will play out a story following your suggestions along two different pathways. Where will we go? Nobody knows until the night!
This is the GREATest show! Inspired by the film, this musical will pull back the curtains of the Big Top and introduce you to the people who live in that world. Song and dance, action and emotion, and hopefully a compelling narrative (a clear improvement on the source material).
Addicted to Darcy? Lost all Sense and Sensibility? Bonkers for Big Balls? Well put down your cross-stitching and join one of NZ’s most experienced improv troupes, ConArtists, as they swoon, romp, and pianoforte their way through an entirely improvised Austenian Musical.
Enter a world created with only sound. A group shared ‘points of view’ tale, starting with a soundscape, and using foley created with voice and bodies. The cast work together, building piece by piece the story of a time and a place and a cast of characters, using only their voices.
Head back to school with Heartfelt High, where the spunk rats, drama kids and drongos are hanging out behind the bike shed. But there is nothing sus’ going on, Sir, honest! Inspired by the high school dramas we grew up on, with a healthy mix of sincerity, silliness and sweetness.
Join us for a celebration of what can be accomplished with little preparation and even less forethought. The bespoke teller of tall tales and weaver of spontaneous stories The Unicorn hosts an evening of cabaret acts discovered at NZIF, placing them in delightfully weird new contexts to see how these diamonds in the rough shine.
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. In this show characters and stories will emerge from the most unexpected of places and things. Be prepared to have the limits of your imagination pushed as puppets and people perform to create unique stories, world’s and moments of wonder.
Fight the power! This is an improvised political protest, with songs, chants, signs, and scenes inspired by a conversation about the day’s issues. Experience scenes that show the lives of the protestors and the impact of the issues on them. Instant songs, chants, and slogans will bring the defiance to life!
New Zealand’s very own Spanish-language improv company brings an incredible bilingual event to Wellington! Improvisors from Impro Teatro along with NZIF ensemble guests will create never-before-seen magic in multiple languages. Will they get their wires crossed? Will they find common understanding? Por que no los dos!?
Join the intrepid crew of Space Patrol 5: The Next Generation on a voyage of exploration and discovery to the furthest reaches of the galaxy… and beyond! Space battles! Alien treachery! Poor decisions! Science! Engineering! SPACE PATROL 5! (Please come early: we need help building the spaceship.)
Join us as we celebrate 10 Years of Moments in our 10th birthday year! This truly momentous Gala is a glorious celebration to kick off our birthday week in style, featuring the best in local and international showcasing work from across the Festival and culminating in an epic international improv jam.