Silly People's Improv Theatre (SPIT) has partnered with Siliman University in Dumaguete and Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), to bring you Improv Fest Manila 2015 with the theme "Finding the Game"- a nod to the games and exercises that improvisers use in performance, and an affirmation of the playful nature of improvisation.
We like how improvisational theatre is performed with scenes that are co-created by the audience and the actors in real time, without the benefit of a script or prior rehearsals. This same Improv discipline has produced many mainstream actors such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, William Ferrel to name a few.
The art fair are also hosting improv comedy groups from around the world: PIP Show (Warsaw), Impro Mafia (Brisbane), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo), Landry and Summers (Los Angeles), To be Continued, People's Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Lamb Ink (Hong Kong), The Improv Company (Singapore), Taichung Improv (Taichung), The Beijing Collective (Beijing), People's Republic of Comedy (Shanghai), Bacolod Improv Group
If you're looking for something fun and spontaneous to do on a weekend, check out Manila Improv Festival for some funny, witty and relatable acts from local and international artists from around the world.
Here's photo essay when watched with the team, and don't forget to check out the video highlights of last night's event...
You can catch this weeks performances, which ends on July 12!
The show is happening on July 2- 12, 2015 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City. Parking is available at their vacant lot, but you need to ride their free shuttle to go back and forth from the theatre.
The show kicked off with one of the Philippine representatives Silly People's Improv Theatre aka SPIT. SPIT is the country's premier improvisation theatre group representing the Philippines in various countries including Chicago, New York, Amsterdam to name a few. They are also the same group who spearheaded the first Manila Improv Festival back on 2014.
SPIT's show is in our native tongue, and we can't help but laugh at Filipino related jokes, taboos and humor.
We enjoyed their playful acts, but the best part of their act was that they got the audience of Manila to participate on how the show was going to be performed. It was awesome to see how they make normal mundane life into something funny.
Their act revolves mainly on the "Tales From the Old Country", and they will use your suggestions to improvise new and exciting tales from the old country, taking you through the journey of how your grandparents came to be so disappointed in how you turned out.
Overall, we had a great time at the Manila Improv Festival. We liked that there were no scripts, no rehearsed skits, and no planted audience members, and just the audience and the performers as the participants. It was an enjoyable to experience to see everyone from around the world laugh at the same jokes as we did. We heard that all the teams are gonna have an improv showdown on the last day, I'm excited to see how that's gonna turn out. Cheers to a successful opening and good luck to your future shows this week!
Manila Improv Fest
When: July 2 - 12, 2015.
Where: The PETA Theater Center, No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.
Tickets: PETA Box Office / 0927 391 7379 (Jay) Ticketworld.com.ph/ 891-9999 firstname.lastname@example.org
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi, Sean and Boom of Our Awesome Planet Team
Disclosure: We are media guests during the Manila Improv Festival. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.