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Thrills & Swoon: Improvised Romance

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Wellington Improvisation Troupe presents



His lips caress mine. It’s only a brush, but the warmth overheats every part of me. Leaning back, my elbow bumps into the power button on the dryer and the old appliance starts moving. Spinning. Spinning like my head. Like my heart.”

“What was she thinking? He was her mechanic, not a piece of meat. Although, if he were a piece of meat, he’d be a big, juicy porterhouse, the naughtier side of her thought.”

““I can see the stars in your eyes from a mile away. They guide me to you just like the North Star.” Then he bent his head and kissed her – a long, sweet kiss under moonbeams that caressed them both lovingly.”

Be seduced by the thrills of everyone’s mum’s favourite guilty pleasure; Wellington Improv Troupe is back at with a racy new show - Thrills & Swoon: Improved Romance, coming to BATS Theatre from 7-11 May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival. Inspired by the romance novels you pretend not to read, stories and scenes will be created on the spot, as fresh as an innocent flower waiting to be plucked.

WIT Creative Director, Christine Brooks, describes the concept as part parody, part homage to one of the biggest literary industries in the world (worth over a billion dollars every year!) born out of a one-off improv jam last year during the Improv Lounge.

“I had some novels at home - I mean, I was looking after them for a friend, and I was drawn to the melodrama and passion radiating from the couple on the cover. Melodrama and passion are two of an improvisor’s best ingredients for hilarious results, so it was a small leap to bring it all to the stage. We took inspiration from their desperation and so the seeds for Thrills & Swoon were planted.”

Come May, it’ll all blossom on stage: exotic locations, dashing heroes, lonely heroines and more than a little sexual in-your-end-oh! From the creators of improvised soap 'The Young and the Witless', WIT’s top improvisers bring you a show rich in hysterical romance, rugged passion, and happy endings (not that kind).

Hilarious.” – Dominion Post

Pure bliss on stage together.” – Theatreview

Wellington Improvisation Troupe is Wellington’s not-for-profit, community-based improvisational theatre group. WIT performs and teaches the skills of improvisational theatre at community venues around the Wellington region.


Opening quotes from
Lauren Hammond - He Loves Me...He Loves You Not...
Amanda Bretz - Finding Justus and Love in Greener Pastures
Kelly Curry - Happily Ever Afton

Dates: 7–11 May, 6.30pm
Venue: BATS Theatre
Tickets: Adults $18, Conc. $16
Bookings: BATS Theatre - (04) 802 4175 or visit

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