NZ Improv Festival

One week. New Zealand’s top improvisers. Almost total chaos.

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 they 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.

The New Zealand Improv Festival gathers improvisational theatre companies from around the nation (and around the globe) to present new work, learn new skills, make connections across the industry and collaborate on new improv formats.

Works presented at the New Zealand Improv Festival have gone on to successful national and international tours, including ConArtists' Austin Found and Christine Brooks' The Long Weekend.

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, of course, Australia. 

NZ Improv Festival 2017

New Zealand Improv Festival returns for its 9th wondrous celebration of all things spontaneous. They're back with 16 shows in five days plus workshops for practitioners, and this time every cast, crew, and production will come together in unique combinations, creating spontaneous comedy and theatre every single night. With a range of shows and directors, and players from all around New Zealand (and the world!) you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat every time. 

The World Premieres season 2017  includes four brand new experimental works devised by top directors and participants especially for this festival, The Restaurant, The Curse of Blahblahland, Shibuya Scramble Crossing, and The Improv Show at the End of the World.

The Spontaneous Showcase season 2017 sees five experienced directors present their work with a cast of festival participants brought together for one night only, including The Village, #hashtag, Mothers, Don't See The Show Alone and Plot Mess. 

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