This year’s event includes performances, workshops, networking events, public talks, and more… Check out our full programme below and find out how to register for workshops.
With over 30 workshops in just 8 days, there's something for every improvisor, from eager newbies to grizzled old hats. Register for your workshops now!
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, 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 limits 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.
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.
What piece of advice would you give yourself if you could go back to (or stand back from) your twenties? Chances are these women aren’t following it… Swipe Right is about the mistakes women make in their 20s and the friends who are there to catch them.
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.
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.
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).
PlayShop is getting spooky again with our annual Halloween special; Werewolves, vampires, student loans, zombies, you name it we’ve got it! The scariest things entangled with the funniest of people in the best Halloween celebration this side of Transylvania!
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!
A good-natured improv show, Off the Map is set in a fictional kiwi town, and shows the interlinked lives of the curious characters that live there. This special return performance brings together the original NZIF 2009 cast’s Court Jesters (past and present).
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!