For the first time ever in Palmerston North, SpontaneoUS has the
opportunity to host the 2018 National Improv Champs: an
alternative, fun, fast-paced art form, where everything is made up
on the spot.
World class improvisors, the best of the best NZ has to offer,
will be performing in Manawatu generating fast, fresh comedy in an
event nothing like Palmerston North has ever seen before. We have
no idea when we will get the chance to host an event like this
again and we need some help to host the greatest event
No script. All class.
The National Theatresports Championships are held
annually to determine a National Champ in professional
theatresports. This is the first year that Palmerston North has the
opportunity to host the awards where we will see the best of the
National teams converge on the Manawatu stage to battle out for the
top title. Eight of the best Improv troupes from around New Zealand
(Auck/PN/Wgn/Nelson/Chch/Dunedin) will compete in heats leading to
the grand finale. Three teams will compete in the Grand Final to
reveal the 2018 National Champion.
We need to raise a further $2200 to cover the real costs
of hosting the event. This includes feeding our guests, casts and
crew something other than Weet-Bix, making sure they don't all have
to sleep on the same couch and ensuring that our venue, lights and
presentation looks as brilliant as possible.
We are used to making things up on the night, but this event has
required a lot more planning and preparation than we are used to.
Leona has been securing funding from the local council and Alan has
been chasing down sponsors in the street, but we are still short of
We want this to be the best event possible and to showcase that
Palmerston North is so much more than 'Ducks in the Square'. Palmy
has always had a fantastic artistic scene and we want to showcase
the best Palmy has to offer on a national stage.
We will also be hosting workshops open to the public, for local
up-and-coming Improvisors to learn and strengthen their skills, and
for the best Improvisors in NZ to pass on their passion and craft
to the next generation.
Centrepoint Theatre have offered to host the event, giving us
access to venues for the heats, finals and workshops, which is
Daniel Pengally is the Artistic Director at Centrepoint Theatre.
Hailing from The Court Theatre in Christchurch where he was
Associate Director, Dan was a member of Scared Scriptless and has a
MTA in directing from Toi Whakaaari:NZ Drama School.
Kate Louise Elliott is the GM of Centrepoint Theatre, with over
25 experience in professional performing arts.
The SpontaneoUS Improv troupe (current National Champions)
- Leona Revell, Ryan Knighton, Alan Dingley - and all the other
faces you know and love from the monthly show will be there to
defend the title!
Plus all of NZ's professional improv troupe are performing and
being judged by world class improv judges (Stand by for
announcements!) The pressure is on.
Everything is coming together for the 13th-16th of June
but we need that last little bit of help from you to get us over
the line. We would love to see you at the show so we can thank you
in person. Get your tickets to the show! Don't miss out!
You can book here: http://centrepoint.co.nz/shows/national-theatresports-champs
Come along for the best improvisation New Zealand has to
NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit on their
donations from the IRD. The Arts Foundation will email a receipt
after the campaign closes.
Thank you for your support!