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Festival Spotlight: Kate Wilson

The Joys of Programming

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There’s just under a month til submissions for NZIF 2014 close, and I’m already dreading the process of having to narrow all the awesome down to just 17 shows and 16 workshops. There’s such a wealth of improv goodness in this country, and so many keen people wanting to come visit us from overseas, I […]

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What time is it? NZIF pitch time!

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New Zealand Improv Festival 2014 submissions are now open! The 2014 festival takes place 28 Oct – 1 Nov in Wellington, NZ at BATS Theatre. We’re looking for all kinds of improv work – showcase performances, workshops, ensemble shows, children’s performances, late night shows, and anything we might not have thought of yet! Here is […]

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Farewell to 2013

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2013 was a cracker year for New Zealand Improv Festival! We returned from our 2012 hiatus bigger and better, reaching a bigger audience and gaining some fantastic critical acclaim. Behind the scenes we brought together over 60 improvisors from all around NZ and Australia for a week of workshops and cross-pollination between companies. We even […]

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A Critical Success

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Thanks to Theatreview and Word on the Street for their fantastic coverage of our wee festival. ‘A lively and stimulating launch’ -¬†Opening Crumpet,¬†Theatreview “The beauty is the speed and surety of the improv, the witty one-liners flowing thick and fast, and satisfying reincorporations with nothing left by the wayside.” – Spark, Theatreview “What the trio […]

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Festival Spotlight: Jonathan Price

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Hometown Christchurch Favourite improv moment? The Court Jesters run a very successful high-school’s Theatresports competition, and my high-school team were through to the finals one year. We performed a scene called “Plagiarism”, where the object is to reincorporate as many things from previous scenes that had happened during the night (we pulled this out for […]

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Festival Spotlight: Madame Pandemonium

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Hometown Currently residing in Swellington Are there other art forms that inspire or influence your improvisation? The hours of my childhood spent watching Elvira Mistress of the Dark, The Adams Family, Evil Dead, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes…you get the picture. If you weren’t an improvisor, what would you be? A cat lady, except not […]

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Festival Spotlight: Christine Brooks

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Hometown Wellington Favourite improv moment? One that springs to mind… Two of my favourite improvisers, Anna Renzenbrink from Melbourne and Ben Hartwig from Germany, are playing best friends in The Long Weekend at Improvention 2012. Anna’s character is lying on the bed reading romance novels and Ben’s character walks in to her room and they […]

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Improv Festival seizes opportunity to give back

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Unique show donates proceeds back to source of inspiration Improvisor and Festival guest Alice Canton finds inspiration for her work in all kinds of places – dance, music, sculpture, clowning, and mask. But it was the logistical challenges of touring theatre performances that led to the creation of Thrift Shop, her NZ Improv Festival showcase […]

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Festival Spotlight: Michael Fletcher

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Hometown Auckland Favourite improv moment? Watching my fellow Reverend Jellie performers do a scene about a teenager leaving home. The twist being it was a family of wookiees (i.e. Chewbacca from Star Wars) and all the dialogue was in ‘Wookiee speak’. Genuinely touching scene. And hilarious. Are there other art forms that inspire or influence […]

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Festival Spotlight: Kate Wilson

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Hometown Grew up in Nelson but Welly has been home for nearly a decade. Favourite improv moment? Performing: playing in a scene in Rama Nicholas’ format ‘Close to you’, inspired by the phrase “Goodbye my love forever”. Myself and fellow Tasmanian improviser Rowan Harris connected both to each other and the audience in what turned […]

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