The improvised stories of diners in a restaurant play out over the course of dinner.

Everything can be worked out over a good meal! The hopes, dreams and dysfunctional dynamics of groups of diners play themselves out in improvised stories created over the course of the dinner service at The Restaurant. This experimental show has the full cast on stage throughout the entire show requiring extra levels of collaboration and connection between the performers. Delicious!

The Restaurant is one of NZIF's World Premieres: five brand new experimental works devised by top directors and participants especially for this festival. Across the week every cast, crew, and production will come together in unique combinations, creating spontaneous comedy and theatre every single night. With these incredible improvisors and directors from all around New Zealand (and the world!), you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat every time.

The Creative Team 

Festival Director: Jennifer O'Sullivan
Producer: Clare Kerrison

New Zealand Improv Festival is delighted to be supported by WCC Creative Communities and the New Zealand Improv Trust.

Season Pass

Hungry for as much improv as you can get? For just $39 full price or $30 concession, grab a Season Pass for three shows in the NZ Improv Festival. Just choose from ImprodomeThe VillageThe Restaurant#hashtagThe Curse of BlahblahlandMothersShibuya Scramble CrossingDon't See This Show AloneThe Improv Show at The End of the WorldPlot Mess or New Zealand vs The World - do it all in one night or spread your joy across the festival!

Accessibility

*The Propeller Stage is fully wheelchair accessible; please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.