Wellington Fringe Festival 2020 at Fringe at the Gryphon
There's a lot on the line when every patient's the goodest girl, boy, or lizard. Enter NZ's leading animal hospital (owned and operated by Drs. Evans and Shelly Bay) for an all-day residency of the heart, where medical professionals save lives every hour... but can they save their own? A new improvised soap opera from the creators of Deep Space Naenae, Lyall Baywatch, and Mirror Miramar.
Part of the Wellington Fringe Festival
Directed by Jennifer O’Sullivan and featuring Soap Factory members Christine Brooks, Clare Kerrison, Dianne Pulham, Jonny Paul, Liam Kelly, Lyndon Hood, Matt Powell, Sam Irwin, Steven Youngblood, Tara McEntee, and Wiremu Tuhiwai
SO YOU THINK YOU KHANDALLAH
2019 NZ Comedy Festival at BATS Theatre
"You’ve got talent. Now let's see what we can do with it."
It's 1982 and we're gonna live forever, but first we have to go through the blood, sweat and tears of Khandallah Academy of Performing Arts. A totally improvised soap opera about fitting in, standing out, finding ourselves and following our dreams. From the creators of Deep Space Naenae, Lyall Baywatch, and Mirror Miramar comes a brand new serial - follow the ongoing story nightly or dip your toes in for just one episode!
Warning: May contain leg warmers and sudden dance breaks.
with live direction from Clare Kerrison as Tatum Channing and Luke Rimmelzwaan as Dr Bruce Rizzleswizzle
and support from Lyndon Hood as Audi Charade
2018 NZ Fringe Festival at Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre
Once upon a time, on a peninsula not so far away, lived a town of strangely familiar characters living strangely normal lives… Folklore and fairytales are transported to modern-day Miramar in this ten hour improvathon.
You followed them into the stars in Deep Space Naenae, across the waves in Lyall Baywatch, and back to school in 13: The Soap; now Soap Factory wants to take you on a fantastical journey into the everyday. Starting at 12pm, with new episodes hourly and a cast of hilarious and talented improvisors powering through till 10pm, this is improv at its most intense - a single unfolding story over 10 hours. Come for just one episode, or stay and find out who will get their happy ending!
Sam Irwin as Jack Stockton Kate Whitaker as Goldie Lockhart Jonny Paul as Dr Myron M an der Waal Christine Brooks as Rumpy Wiremu Tuhiwai as Tim Burwood Steven Youngblood as Keith Grant Matt Powell as Ramón Prince Clare Kerrison as Nana Crawford Dianne Pulham as Alanna Lott Jennifer O'Sullivan as Lilian Rouge
Liam Kelly as The Enchanted Tree
DEEP SPACE NAENAE
2017 NZ Fringe Festival at BATS Theatre
2117. A distant quadrant of the galaxy.
New Zealand’s greatest adventurers live out their space lives and space dramas aboard Deep Space Naenae. Join our intrepid space crew as they improvise for ten space hours straight, ten space episodes in a row, ten thousand light years away. In space.
From the creators of Lyall Baywatch, Awkward Threesome, and Late Night Knife Fight comes yet another epic soap opera improvathon. Starting at 1pm, with new episodes hourly and a cast of hilarious and talented improvisors powering through till 11pm, this is improv at its most intense – a single unfolding story over 10 hours.
"You won't regret it. This is impressively epic improv."
Liam Kelly as Miles Davis Clare Kerrison as Wātea Darryn Woods as Computer / Grabthan Steven Youngblood as Keith Grant (deceased) Linda Calgaro as Sol Pew-Pew Sam Irwin as See-Saw Jones Lyndon Hood as Lexus CX5 and Fiat Astra Christine Brooks as Ambassador Hippolyta Jed Davies as Ambassador Tibb-Lubb Plem Dianne Pulham as Counsellor Fisher Paykell Matt Powell as Lt Cmdr Parathrax Brendon Bennetts as Chief Engineer Cormac O'Tube Jennifer O'Sullivan as Mallory "Hot Six" Rix Laura Irish as Jr Officer Xaria Yex Wiremu Tuhiwai as Captain Samson OP Blue
2016 NZ Fringe Festival at Fringe at the Gryphon
Hot Sand. Dirty Secrets. A Beachy Soap Opera Unfolding Hour by Hour.
From the people who brought you the lives and times of Sweet Aro Valley High in 13: The Soap (nominated Best Improv, Fringe 2015) comes a new, sexy, sun-tanned story. Join Kickin’ Rad at Fringe at the Gryphon for Lyall Baywatch – a ten episode epic soap opera featuring the hunkiest honeys this side of Wellington Harbour. Lifeguards, surfers, dog walkers: they’ll keep you safe on their shores or they’ll die trying.
Kicking off at 1pm with shows every hour on the hour, Lyall Baywatch will see some of Wellington’s top improvisors push their comedy chops to the limit as they create and inhabit characters inspired by the combination of Baywatch babes and Lyall Bay locals for 10 hours straight. Every storyline, saga and episodic climax will be completely improvised - anything could happen (and probably will).
Lyall Baywatch is directed by Jennifer O’Sullivan and stars hilarious improvisors with far-too-fond memories of David Hasslehoff’s red beach shorts. Come for one episode or stay all day and work on your theatre tan.
Lyndon Hood as Chrysler Mondeo Dianne Pulham as Dawn Nightingale Sam Irwin as Dr Seventeen Fitzgerald Wiremu Tuhiwai as Tiopira Jones Steven Youngblood as Keith Grant Clare Kerrison as Mrs Jane Robinson Jed Davies as Calder Spade Jennifer O'Sullivan as Lake Brooks Jonny Paul as Christian Fury Matt Powell as Blake Forrest Kate Whitaker as Southerly Swell
Photos by Ali Little
13: THE SOAP
2015 NZ Fringe Festival at Fringe at the Gryphon
A school year’s worth of drama in just one day. Head back to high school and join year 13 students and their teachers as they navigate life, love and laughs in 1995.
Starring: Mary Little as Gerda Schleissinger and The Detective Christine Brooks as Anne and Servants Etc. Lori Leigh as Coach Terri Bull Rose Cann as SalvaDOPE and Magalie Jennifer O'Sullivan as Kacey Grant Steven Youngblood as Keith Grant Lyndon Hood as Bentley Skyline Jed Davies as Mitchell and Gavin Sam Irwin as Sammy Sharpe and Cameron Hawke Wiremu Tuhiwai as Ben Matt Powell as Philippe l’Escalier and José Sangria