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The Tree of Lives

The Tree of Lives

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  • Thu 8 Oct ’15, 9:00pm – 10:00pm


BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $18.00
  • Concession: $14.00
  • Groups 6+: $13.00
  • Two Show Pass (Full): $30.00
  • Two Show Pass (Concession): $25.00

NZIF Ensemble led by The Improvisors (Wgtn)

If you love a good family saga you will love The Tree of Lives. We provide the family tree; you tell us which branches, eras and relationships you want to see. A sweeping saga that spans generations - created by you.

The Tree of Lives is an approach to storytelling that puts the audience in control of the plot. The improvisers prepare a family tree, the family members, their place on the tree and where they sit in time. The audience then gets to decide which parts of that tree they want to see, who will be the stars of the story, and what happens next. like a pick-a-path novel the characters and setting is the same, but the story created by the audience is unique every time.

"We are best known for making people laugh," said Deana Elvins from The Improvisors. "With this show we are excited about the opportunity to stretch that definition. This format is about honoring the direction that the audience wants the story to take; whether that is comedy, pathos, tragedy or something else. The possibilities are exhilarating if a little scary - it will certainly test our improvising skills."

In their 25 Anniversary year The Improvisors have unlocked the vault and released those show formats from the past. The Tree of Lives is a reworking of a format that was developed in the early 1990s by Tim Gordon.

For the NZIF 2015 it is a one off show created with visiting performers. The audience present on the night will be the authors of this family's past, present and future through the choices they make. No redos, no second chances.

The New Zealand Improv Festival serves up a smorgasbord of improvised theatre to Wellington, New Zealand, all performed by the country’s top companies and practitioners. With 20 shows in just five days, there's something for everyone - comedy, horror, music, poetry and more!

“Something of value will always materialise before our very eyes" - Theatreview

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