Sunday, 24 February 2008


The Improvisors are a staple in Wellington's comedy/theatre diet and have been going for as long as I can remember. I've enjoyed lots of their shows in recent years and loved Camp during last year's Fringe Festival.

Spooked last night was pretty darn good. As the crew are fond of saying, "no matter what happens, you will get the show you deserve". In other words, if you feed in cr@ppy ideas, that's how the show will turn out. The same goes for the opposite. So, we ended up with an improvised comedy/horror involving a wedding party at the Indian Gardens in Hamilton (a scary place) and some freaky events involving popcorn.

I was really impressed with the crew's ability to slip into any time setting (1974 and 1892, from memory) and morph bits of New Zealand's history into the story. Lots of very 'NZ' jokes (and I wonder how much of these were actually picked up by our overseas friends) but they were also cleverly wound into the unfolding plot. Some great accents, too. Yup, I guess things did go 'bump' in the night.

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