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Our pitch is your lucky strike.

The advertising world of the 1960’s comes alive in the witty, intelligent, improvised show, Admen. Watch our improvisers win important accounts and navigate social dynamics of the workplace, while everybody is trying to make partner of the firm. Sit back, take some Secor Re-laxatives and enjoy. We're gonna smoke.

Admen will be an improvised show based on the world of 1960’s advertising agencies, similar to the award-winning television show, Mad Men. Our experienced team of improvisers will be playing a diverse set of roles based in an advertising agency, but the audience chooses a name and a product for the actors to base the show around. While the story grows the players will be divided into two teams, both of which will try to win the account with a radio, television or print advertisement pitch. At the end of the show the audience will decide who deserves the best campaign.

Admen is PlayShop’s only Fringe Festival production in 2016, and will be our fourteenth production for Wellington audiences. In the 2015 Fringe Festival PlayShop was nominated for Best Theatre - Ensemble, and won the award for Best Improv for its production of 10 Things I Hate About Us.

PlayShop's season of Admen will debut at the 2016 Fringe Festival, and will be directed by Ryan Knighton. Knighton was the assistant director of PlayShop's 2015 Fringe Festival production of 10 Things I Hate About Us, and has directed at BATS Theatre, Circa and The Basement Theatre. In 2014 he graduated from Victoria University with a degree in Theatre, and has recently completed his Masters in Scriptwriting under the supervision of Ken Duncum at the International Institute of Modern Letters. He has been an integral member of PlayShop for two years, and Admen will be the first PlayShop show for him to direct.

PlayShop is a Wellington-based performance company that aims to create spontaneous, thrilling theatre. We create opportunities for people to experience the joy of playful interaction, though theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation. We are risk-takers, open to the potential of every moment, so that actor and audience share meaningful stories that arise from the present, and stay in memory for time to come.

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Dates:16th-20th of February at 6.30pm
Venue:Gryphon Theatre

Price: $15 / $13 / $10


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