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PlayShop LIVE! Returns to BATS Theatre

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Wednesday 9 March 2016

PlayShop LIVE! Returns to BATS Theatre
New Season, New Director, Same Amount of Awesome

The weather may be starting to cool (in theory) but things are just heating up at BATS Theatre. Following another madcap, successful Fringe Festival, BATS will once again be host to the weekly improv comedy show PlayShop LIVE! Lovers of late night laughs and spontaneous theatre rejoice - PlayShop’s finest are back in the saddle with a new LIVE director, Jonny Paul, leading the charge.

The recipe for success seems simple; four improvisors, one muso, one MC, and an audience excited to be complicit in the making of mischief. Songs, stories, and sagas will unfold every week performed by players with four years of impressive impromptu theatre under their belt.

“We started LIVE in 2013 and we’re so delighted to be still going strong,” says Paul. “I love PlayShop LIVE! because it's the perfect way finish the work week. I get to spend an hour with my friends (old and new) and have a blast.” Paul has performed with PlayShop since 2014, most recently seen in Fringe’s Admen, Suddenly! A Musical, and last year’s award winning show 10 Things I Hate About Us (Best Improv NZ Fringe 2015). PlayShop LIVE! is his first directorship, and PlayShop is excited to see where that ship sails to!

Some nice things people have said about PlayShop and LIVE:

“This was a fun, fun night of entertainment and I can’t wait to go again.”
“... an absolutely heartening and enjoyably energetic 60 minutes.”

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 through theatre, storytelling, education, and improvisation.

PlayShop LIVE: Autumn Season 2016

Dates: Fridays from 18 March - 22 May

(Note: Easter Weekend performance will be Thursday 24 March)

Venue: The Studio at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace

Tickets: $15 Full, $13 Group (6+)

Book now at or visit the BATS Box Office

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