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Le Roundabout @ The Nest Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Directed by Dan O’Connor, featuring an international ensemble



This fully improvised contemporary play deals with relationships, modern living and the change that happens when we commit to what we want. Who do we meet, when we walk into the unknown and discover new ways of thinking? What consequences will these new relationships bring? Le Roundabout sheds light onto these questions with one single narrative, performed by an international ensemble.



NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Maestro @ Waterfront Theatre Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Maestro Impro™ is often described as a ‘crash-and-burn-elimination-style’ format that is ideal for a larger group of improvisers of varying skill levels. Each improviser is given a numbered button, or pinny, to wear and their names appear on the scoreboard next to their number. Two Directors (though you can do it with one) take turns randomly pulling the numbers of players to cast their scenes. The Directors are there to inspire the players, help out less experienced improvisers, and to keep the flow of the performance on track. A 'Host' asks the audience to score each scene out of 5. As the evening progresses, lower scoring players are eliminated until only one improvisor remains: The ‘Maestro’.
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Theatresports Summit: Vancouver Style Wednesday October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles.

The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!

Gorilla Theatre @ Waterfront Theatre Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Keith Johnstone
Gorilla Theatre™ is an advanced form for experienced improvisers who are also skilled in directing improvisation. One of the hallmarks of Gorilla Theatre is the inclusion of a ‘live gorilla’ (a performer in a gorilla suit) that adds an element of spectacle, mask work, and playful misbehavior.
A cast of 4 – 5 improvisers take turns directing each other in scenes. The audience is invited to reward, or punish the director of a scene by yelling “BANANA!” if they liked it, or “FORFEIT!” if they didn’t. Successful directors are awarded a banana. Unsuccessful directors are required to perform a forfeit, such as expose a personal secret, get beaten by a foam stick, or call their mom and tell her about the wretched scene they just directed. At the end of the evening the director with the most bananas wins “a week of quality time with the resident gorilla.”

NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Lugares @ The Nest Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Directed by Felipe Ortiz (Colombia) & Patti Stiles (Australia)



This show is an elegant excavation of the unexpected secrets that places hold. Improvisers take inspiration from these treasure troves of memory and craft surprising and delightful worlds. Join us for an engaging and emotive show that unearths personal stories and comedic treasures! Lugares (places) invites members of the audience to describe a special setting, such as a house of a grandparent or a car you commute in. The improvisers create exciting new stories and parallel worlds that will change the way we see the spaces around us, and connect us to our own personal places. This is improvised theatre that is crafty, challenging and adventurous.

Lugares – a result of an international collaboration – was created by Felipe Ortiz (Colombia), Patti Stiles (Australia), Jim Libby (Austria), Mike Kennard (Canada) and Sarah Michaelson (Canada).



NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

OK Tinder- International Edition Wednesday October 16 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Is finding love easier in the 21st century or has social media made it more complicated? Do people really expect to find the love-of-their-life through a dating app? Are apps even used to make connections in other parts of the world? Is the dating scene as tough in Dublin or Auckland or Tokyo as it is in Vancouver? How do singles meet in Trondheim and Bangalore? This show brings together a cast made up of VTS ensemble members and international delegates for a global take on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of dating in the digital age. It’s all in good fun with audience suggestions used to spark the scenes.
NOTE: OK Tinder is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We regret we cannot accommodate families with infants or toddlers. Shows may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

LifeGame @ The Nest Thursday October 17 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
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Created by Keith Johnstone

Directed by Veena Sood, featuring The LifeGame Ensemble



The Life Game™, as developed by Keith Johnstone, is an improvised staged biography of a guest’s life. The guest is interviewed about their life, and a team of improvisers and a director bring the stories to life. We begin with childhood, formative experiences, successes and failures, triumphs and heartbreaks, all the way to “how would you like to die?” It’s a journey of trivial things, to things that matter to the guest, to things that matter to all of us very much. At times hilarious, at times deeply moving, The Life Game is a show that reminds us that everyone, however ordinary, has an extraordinary life story to tell.

"Good impro can make you laugh, we love it, but soon the content is forgotten. Good scenes from the The Life Game stay with you always. They haunt you."

– Keith Johnstone



NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

The Bechdel Test @ Waterfront Theatre Thursday October 17 2019 at 7:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
× Created by Lisa Rowland (USA)

The Bechdel Test is a set of criteria created by feminist cartoonist and author Allison Bechdel. It asks: Does a work of fiction have at least one scene in it where two women talk about something other than a man? The remarkably low percentage of films and stories that pass this test points to the fact that we all have grown accustomed to creating and seeing stories centering around men. And as story creators we often perpetuate that pattern. Debuting on the main stage at BATS in August 2016, the Bechdel test format aims to explore the complexities, relationships, and stories of women. Simply deciding to make stories whose main characters are women - good, bad, likeable and not - is a departure from the stories that we often consume and create!
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Theatresports Summit: Edmonton Style Thursday October 17 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Directed by members of Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary), Vancouver TheatreSports, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Unexpected Productions (Seattle)

The Theatresports Summit explores the Theatresports™ format as it is played by the ‘four pillar’ companies – from Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre (1977) where the format was first performed as created by Keith Johnstone at The University of Calgary (it is the foundation format) to variations as performed by hometown favourites Vancouver TheatreSports (1980), Rapid Fire Theatre (1981), and Unexpected Productions (1983). Each night, two teams of mixed international delegates (and directed by a representative of one of the ‘pillar companies’) will compete against one another utilizing one of the four styles.

The final three nights will be a mash-up evening in the original foundation format featuring all the bells and whistles, horns and baskets!

Ferocious Four @ The Nest Thursday October 17 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Nest Studio Theatre
× Directed by Laura Doorneweerd (Netherlands) featuring an international ensemble
Having previously headlined both the 2017 Mount Olymprov Improv Festival in Greece and the 2018 Finland International Improv Festival, Laura Doorneweerd brings The Ferocious Four to Vancouver: an improvised tale of action, power, and heroines. In every performance, this no-male cast comes together to give you a bad-ass improv show. Get ready for a story of a group of heroines collaborating to battle evil. If you like cool characters, female friendship and exciting action, you will love seeing these performers jump, move, chase, defuse, fight and basically... Kick ass.


NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

OK Tinder- International Edition Thursday October 17 2019 at 9:30 PM

The Improv Centre
× Is finding love easier in the 21st century or has social media made it more complicated? Do people really expect to find the love-of-their-life through a dating app? Are apps even used to make connections in other parts of the world? Is the dating scene as tough in Dublin or Auckland or Tokyo as it is in Vancouver? How do singles meet in Trondheim and Bangalore? This show brings together a cast made up of VTS ensemble members and international delegates for a global take on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of dating in the digital age. It’s all in good fun with audience suggestions used to spark the scenes.
NOTE: OK Tinder is a 17+ show, persons age 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We regret we cannot accommodate families with infants or toddlers. Shows may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.

Play Unscripted @ Waterfront Theatre Thursday October 17 2019 at 9:30 PM

Waterfront Theatre
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Directed by Dan O’Connor, featuring an international ensemble


With Play UnScripted, the company starts with audience suggestions and improvises a contemporary play from scratch with no pre-set genre, no guidelines, and no safety net. Inspired by modern playwrights like Christopher Durang, Rajiv Joseph, Tracy Letts, Yasmina Reza and Sarah Ruhl, Play UnScripted presents a play built on pure imagination where every performance is completely unique – and will never be seen again.


NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.