10 days of incredible improvisation, all at BATS Theatre
2019 features our biggest programme yet, with work from existing national companies, new work from directors around NZ and the world, and a short form season bringing together participants in unique, hilarious combinations. All serve to highlight the variety and depth of the New Zealand improv scene.
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.