Warmup – Bunny Bunny (Oomcha)

bunny(Slightly different versions of this have come to WIT from different countries – for example, “ticky-tacky” replaces “talky-talky” in some)

  • Everyone in a circle
  • Hands slap thighs to a chant of “oom chaa”
  • The person who ‘has the bunny’ makes curled finger bunny ears at themselves, saying “bunny bunny”
  • They then turn the ears outwards and ‘throw the bunny’ to someone else, doing the curled ears at someone, and saying “bunny bunny”
  • The recipient then ‘takes the bunny’ and repeats.
  • People either side of the bunny face them and rock side to side with their hands square from their elbows, chanting “ticky tacky ticky tacky”  [alternate version, arms are scissored to a chant of "talky talky"].
  • The oom chaas get faster.  If someone gets it horribly wrong they may run round the outside to de-stress.
  • If no one is getting it horribly wrong it’s not going fast enough.

 

 

Ferris Wheel – format notes

Wade Jackson of the Improv Bandits shared his new format with us at a workshop held at Toi Poneke on May 23rd.  Ferris Wheel premiered at the 2013 Comedy Festival in Auckland.  He described it as a great training and performance format to develop strong characters, and an excellent way to help introduce new performers to long-form improvisation.  It looks that way to us too!

Workshop notes:  

A character and narrative-driven show, suitable for mixing rookies and experienced players.

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WIT’s Constitution

Read the history of the creation of WIT’s constitution – or just dive straight in and experience Our Founding Document, as created back in August 2003 with all the glory of the original founding signatures.    There were some subsequent legal tweaks (mainly around property and money), the version currently on the Charity Register is this one, amended in 2004.

A key part of the constitution is the statement of the “Objects of WIT”

(a) To promote, develop and foster the performance of improvised  theatre and comedy in the Wellington region

(b) To teach the skills of improvised theatre and comedy through workshops, classes and any other means to members and to the wider Wellington community.

(c) To encourage the having of fun and the not taking of oneself too seriously.

 

 

Warmup game – Riding on My Pony!

Thanks Kate W. for initiating this catchy-crazy warm up!

Start with one person standing on the inside of a circle of people.

Riding on my little white pony  [skipping round the inside of the circle]
Riding on my little white pony  [skipping round the inside of the circle]
Riding on my little white pony  [skipping round the inside of the circle]
And this is how it goes . . .   [coming to a stop in front of one person]
Front front front my baby    [wiggle hips wave arms at each other facing]
Side side side my baby  [face opposite directions and wiggle hips at each other]
Back back back my baby  [face opposite directions and wiggle hips at each other]
Riding on my pooonnny  [both people start skipping the next verse]

Continue until all are skipping around like happy loons.

Very silly game for bringing up energy levels and removing all shreds of dignity!