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.
Note: Participants in this workshop will be considered for the cast of the show of the same name.
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.
Aside from the structure of the show, the workshop will explore the merits and pitfalls of using a heavily jargon-dependent genre like sci-fi in improvisation, and how to make the world of Space Patrol feel authentic without alienating newcomers (on or off stage).
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.