2016: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

It is that time of year again, time to start preparing pitches for the New Zealand Improv Festival. The dates have already been announced and we have plans for a programme of performances, workshops and networking/social opportunities to delight, inspire and connect improvisors and audiences. 

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Festival Feedback Welcomed

We had a spectacular time this year at NZIF and we hope you did too. Our art is so fleeting, but it is wonderful to share these experiences with a delighted audience. 

There are times, however, when the work gets away from us and the shows become beasts different to those imagined. This year was the first year we operated with a Code of Conduct for our participants and performers, and it's been a challenging and rewarding conversation as we ensure our work is accessible, diverse, and respectful of each other and of our audience. 

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Double Feature = Double Entertainment

A double feature starring Jonny Potts and Rik Brown comes to the BATS Theatre stage at the New Zealand Improvisation Festival 2015. On Thursday 8 October at 7pm, two talented improvisers will perform two solo acts sure to entertain in Solo Brown and Yes! I am Riverman!

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A Sweeping Saga of Generations Made Up by an Audience

Celebrating 25 years of their company, The Improvisors remount a favourite improv format for the New Zealand Improvisation Festival 2015 at BATS Theatre. Family saga Tree of Lives hits the stage on Thursday 8 October at 9pm. Working closely with the audience, The improvisors provide the family tree; audience tell them which branches, eras and relationships they want to see. 

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7 Rules to creating the perfect Mixtape

Best on Tap have created 7 rules to create the perfect playlist of all time. Mixtape features for the first time in one show only as part of the New Zealand Improvisation Festival 2015 at BATS Theatre on Wednesday 7 October at 9pm.

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The Story Cabaret hails to Wellington from Christchurch

New Zealand Improvisation Festival features a night of solo stories woven with truth and heartbreak, then sprinkled with whimsy in The Story Cabaret on Tuesday 6 October at 8.30pm at BATS Theatre. Presented by Meegwai Productions, this enchanting act featuring The Unicorn, Derek Flores, and guests will leave audience members lost in a most luxurious desire for story. 

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Award-Winning Company Delight Wellington with Two Hit Shows

PlayShop Performance Company will be a Wellington company not to miss at the New Zealand Improvisation Festival 2015. After scooping up the Best Improv award at the 2015 New Zealand Fringe Festival with 10 Things I Hate About Us, audience will be invited sit back and soak up the ‘stuff’ to see the award-winning company’s latest creation in SED Speeches: Theories of Stuff on Wednesday 7 October at 8.30pm, and their Friday night show, PlayShop LIVE at 9pm on Friday 9 October at BATS Theatre. 

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WIT kicks off the Festival with new improvisation format

Kicking off the 2015 New Zealand Improvisation Festival is Wellington Improvisation Troupe’s Royal Equinox Adventure Cruise on Tuesday 6 October at 6.30pm at BATS Theatre. Audiences will sail away on a Wes Anderson-like cruise. Symmetry, simplicity, and even Bill Murray will be the threads that help weave this new improv format. Together with the audience, this show will reveal who lives, loves, and who dies, on a Cruise of a life-time. 

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New Zealand Improvisation Festival hits Wellington

The much-anticipated New Zealand Improvisation Festival has officially announced their stellar lineup for 2015. Performers from all over New Zealand, Australia and further afield come to BATS Theatre in Wellington for one week of entertainment from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 11 October 2015. Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington.

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Jailbirds break out with improvised comedy at Playhouse

Jailbirds has been selected by the organisers of the New Zealand Improvisation Festival to play alongside works by improvisors from Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and international improv companies at the showcase in Wellington in October this year. This will be the third year that Nelson has been represented at the festival having sent their shows, Into the Light and The Map previously.

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