The Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival is back! We're following up last year's sold-out success with a festival celebrating the most innovative improvised theatre from across North America. Featuring special guests from Vancouver, Montréal, and Portland!
For five nights you can enjoy Paper Street Theatre's award-winning improv. With two shows every night, plus late night mash-ups Friday/Saturday, this festival is jam packed with creativity. See shows from Paper Street Theatre, Chris and Travis, Meags Fitzgerald, Domeka Parker and Deep End Theater, and ensembles made up of your favourite local improvisers!
Get your tickets today, and see below for schedule and FAQ.
TUESDAY APRIL 25TH
Local Cabaret: To kick off this year's festival we're shining the spotlight on Victoria's local talent. Come and see members of Paper Street Theatre, VIKES Improv, Underground Comedy Collective, and more in this cabaret-style evening of improv!
Ants: Paper Street Theatre's Byron Kjeldsen and Nicole Olszewski are Ants. A kafkaesque absurd storytelling show that follows two characters through the mundanity of life.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 26TH
Echoes & We're So Strong
Echoes: Some things you hear resonate more than others. In this long-form improvisation, the festival ensemble will echo each other's characters and weave multiple narratives together. Directed by Meags Fitzgerald from Montreal.
We're so Strong: Dave Morris and Meags Fitzgerald have known each other for a very long time, and they're still friends. See why as this duo delights you with their imaginative and playful improv.
THURSDAY APRIL 27TH
Midnight's Curtain & The Fourth Wall
Midnight's Curtain: Paying homage to the pulp tales found in the pages of magazines like Astounding Stories or Tales of Wonder comes this haunting storytelling show. The festival ensemble will tell two short stories that explore the novelty, ideas, scares, absurd science, and cheap thrills of vintage pulp horror. Directed by Travis Bernhardt from Vancouver.
The Fourth Wall: Paper Street Theatre presents an improvised play that breaks the fourth wall. Enjoy the poetic language, patience and theatrical staging you've come to love from Paper Street as they create two poignant narratives on stage.
FRIDAY APRIL 28TH
Open Shut Them & No Language
Open Shut Them: Get ready for a wild ride in the style of classic British farces such as The Importance of Being Earnest. This improvised play will be full of exaggerated characters, incomprehensible plots and yes, too many opening and closing doors. Directed by Domeka Parker from Portland.
Chris and Travis: The high-energy duo of Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their hilarious and surreal show. Without using English (or any language) they delight the audience every night.
SATURDAY APRIL 29TH
True Stories & Mirrors
True Stories: The festival ensemble will create an improvised piece of theatre that weaves together stories from their real lives and stories from their imaginations, finding the place where the two meet, and letting the audience decide what is real. Directed by Dave Morris from Victoria.
Mirrors: Through this improvised play these five women from Deep End Theater will use traditional theatrical devices, compelling storytelling, surprising wit and passion, to shock and delight you with this no holds barred exploration of womanhood.
Late Night Shows
Tickets at the door only
On the weekend stay late to get a taste of Paper Street's famous mash-ups! On Friday and Saturday night at 10pm the festival ensemble will mix and mash some of Paper Street's most beloved styles. Buckle up for Tarantino Austen (Friday) and Science Fiction Western (Saturday).