One week. New Zealand’s top improvisers.

Every year hordes of improvisers take over BATS for one week of made-up mayhem; running workshops, masterclasses and a full programme of improv theatre fun. Across the week we present three or four one-off shows a night. There are no scripts, no lines to remember; only spontaneity and generosity on stage, creating theatre that has never been seen and will never be seen again.

Improvisers come from all around the country and the world to take part. Past festivals have welcomed top improvisers from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, USA, and Australia, as well as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, Dunedin and more.

This year's festival takes place 20-27 October in Wellington NZ. Registrations are open now! .



Our performance programme features world premieres, visiting directors, returning NZIF shows, and a heckin-rad Gala at Hannah Playhouse. Book your Gala tickets now, then get your BATS Theatre shows sorted!



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!



Who is a participant? Anyone who takes part! Teachers, directors, volunteers and workshop attendees. Join us in the NZIF Green Room on Facebook to get in the loop.