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SED Speeches: Theories of Stuff

SED Speeches:
Theories of Stuff

PlayShop returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival to transform attitudes, lives and all of Wellington through the power of laughter. Inspired by inspiration, motivated by motivational wisdom, and ready to guide you with instant wisdom, SED Speeches is the spontaneous, hilarious reimagining of one of the world’s most respected global conferences. Part mad-lib, part magic, our cast will be mixing your suggestions with visual presentations to create instant inspired discussions.

"If you've ever watched one of those do-gooder online videos and thought 'this could be funnier' then this show is for you," says Jennifer O'Sullivan, director of the New Zealand Improv Festival where SED Speeches debuted at BATS Theatre to a sell out crowd last year. "It's inspiring clickbait brought to life. It makes you laugh and then makes you think... Well only for a moment. Then you'll laugh again."

SED Speeches is PlayShop’s only Comedy Festival production in 2016, and will be our fifteenth production for Wellington audiences. In the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival, PlayShop produced the children's show Grimm's Bedtime Stories, which will return to audiences this June at Circa Theatre.

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.

"...this show sees an eclectic array of characters take the stage in a spin-off of the popular TedX talks."
- Theatreview

"...[SED Speeches'] characters approach theories of time and space from very different angles, and amongst the hilarity manage to stumble upon the occasional pearl of wisdom." - Theatreview

Read the full review of Sed Speeches' original production as part of NZIF here:

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Dates: 27th - 30th of April at 9.30pm
Venue: Propeller Stage, BATS Theatre
Price: $18 / $14 / $13


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