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.
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.)
Strangers is a unique, unscripted comedy-drama devised by veteran improviser Jonathan Briden, exploring the moment when two strangers meet. It may be a fleeting moment of connection, the start of a whirlwind romance, or the beginning of a deadly rivalry…
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!?
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!
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 limit’s of your imagination pushed as puppets and people perform to create unique stories, world’s and moments of wonder.
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.
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.
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…
Takayuki Ueda is an improvisor based in Osaka, Japan and the director of Impact 360 Improv. He has improvised for 16 years, and in the last four has travelled internationally to perform improvisation in six countries. Taka taught and performed at New Zealand Improv Festival 2015 with his creative partner Ronald Pabst (Cologne) and is delighted to be returning to direct Shibuya Scramble Crossing.