Matt Powell is an improvisor and MC with nearly 20 years’ experience. A former member of The Court Jesters (Christchurch) and PlayShop (Wellington), he performs regularly at Late Night Knife Fight, with Wellington Soap Factory, and as a member of Scruffy Bunny house team Double Fancy.
Join the intrepid crew of Space Patrol 5: The Next Generation on a voyage of exploration and discovery to the furthest reaches of the galaxy… and beyond! Originally created and performed by Christchurch’s Court Jesters, this NZIF ensemble cast will encounter alien civilisations and mysterious scientific phenomena, while dealing with the interpersonal tensions that naturally crop up between workmates who also live together. Space battles! Alien treachery! Poor decisions! Science! Engineering! SPACE PATROL 5!
(Please come early: we need help building the spaceship.)
Space Patrol 5 is a Star Trek pastiche that makes science fiction space adventure accessible to both players and audience. Mixing familiar tropes of the genre with approachable story beats, Space Patrol 5 is thrilling to watch and fun to play.
Brendon Bennetts has been teaching and directing improv for the Court Jesters since 2002. He hosts comedy quiz podcast THE NERD DEGREE, teaches high school English, and in his spare time writes plays. Brendon is proud to have performed at NZIF every year since it started.
The Court Jesters are a Christchurch based improv group that have been performing their signature show- Scared Scriptless- since 1990.