Improv Till You Drop...
Improv Till You Drop...
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Arts Centre, 12-13 February 2010
For 30 hours in early February, performers from Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) will take on the ultimate comedy-endurance challenge. The performers will spend 30 hours on stage non stop providing 30 different one hour shows. Improvathon is the ideal way to kick off the Fringe Festival 2010, with a feast of improvised comedy.
Alongside the WIT performers going the full distance will be teenage performers from Wellington schools and other top class improvisers from all over New Zealand - Christchurch's Court Jesters and Auckland's Improv Bandits. They will be performing a huge variety of improv formats, some tried and tested and some completely new. Information on the schedule is available from WIT's website. The Improvathon pass costs only $30, meaning bargain hunting audience members can get their full of improv for $1 per hour.
Director, Geoff Simmons, says this is the ultimate
performance challenge. "It's a chance to go beyond your
comfort zone and into unexplored territory. After that
amount of time on stage all your barriers start to come
down, and things can go to some pretty interesting places.
You can start to explore the dark, dusty corners of your
psyche. This makes for some amazing improv, and you learn a
little bit about yourself at the same time."
This is the second time WIT has performed an Improvathon, the first being in 2007, which raised over $2000 for World Vision. This incarnation of Improvathon will kickstart WIT's fundraising for its own theatre. "It is time Wellington lived up to the name 'Creative Capital' and had a permanent home for comedy and creativity" says WIT Co-ordinator Paul Sullivan.
For up to ten audience members, WIT are going further by offering them the opportunity to join the 30 hour challenge. Those audience members will be offered full refunds if they can go the full 30 hours themselves. "Normally we get offended if people fall asleep in our shows," says WIT Co-Creative Director Christine Brooks, "but this time we kinda understand."
Starring WIT regulars from improvised soap The Young and the Witless, Simon Smith, Anton van Helden, Paul Sullivan, Christine Brooks and others,
Improvathon is a must see.
Performance dates and times:
Friday 12 February
at 6pm until Saturday 13 February @ midnight
$30 for a 30 hour pass
Individual show tickets $10/8/5 with cash on the door only (if seats available)
Bookings at Downstage in person, downstage.co.nz/book or 04 8016946