As the cliche saying goes, expect the unexpected

Fancy yourself a creative creature with no outlet to express it all? Well, take it out on a bunch of seasoned improv performers at the Singapore Improv Festival (SIF) returning Mar 15-18. In its second edition, the festival celebrates the best of local improvisational theater, with a series of shows as well as workshops for those eager to get their toes wet.

This year, a total of 39 teams will participate, doubling the lineup (and the laughs) of the inaugural SIF in 2016. For the first time, international improv troupes have also been invited to grace the stage. Teams from Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia will join Singapore’s own acts, such as Les Musicables, our island’s only dedicated musical improv troupe; and The Modern Schemers, Singapore’s longest running improv team.

All the shows have a rough plotline—or at least a title, themed after a popular song lyric (eg. “Midnight Train Going Anywhere” on Mar 17 and “The Kid is Not My Son” on Mar 18). But it’s all about the audience participation at the festival. During the shows, the performers will take suggestions from the audience and just run with it. As with the nature of the genre, everything is made up on the spot, and no two shows wiill be the same.

Organized by local theater company The Improv Company, SIF aims to bring the magic of this less mainstream art form to Singapore and the region. Tickets for individual shows are priced from $25-$30 and are already on sale here.


The Singapore Improv Festival takes place Mar 15-18 at the Aliwal Arts Centre. More info here