The black box theatre Presents



with Brothers and Sons

Friday, 24 June, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

The talented fringe-nominated creators of Brothers and Sons, Liz Butler and Ben Jardine, are bringing their special mix of improvisation, comedy and music to Kerikeri, and they’re going to show you how you can do it to!

This workshop will cover the art of instant songwriting: taking a word or idea and writing a song about it, right there in the moment.

We’ll cover cognitive tricks to come up with lyric ideas, rhyme techniques, song structure, types of songs, and more.

We will provide background music for attendees to practice with during the workshop that they will continue to have access to so they may continue to polish their newfound skills.

The attendees will have the opportunity to perform songs at the end of the workshop to have the experience of sharing their new skills in front of a group as well.

Participants will leave knowing that instant songwriting is an empowering and entertaining way to create something out of thin air, and a skill that is transferable to many different contexts.

Liz and Ben have been making up songs together since they first met in 2019. They fell in love, and connected through their love of music, improv, and spontaneity.

This is the first time the dynamic duo have taken their show and workshop on the road! Black Box Theatre is proud and excited to be a part of the first Aotearoa Tour and to be able to host their special workshop!

Here’s a snippet of what audiences have said about their improvised musical comedy show to date…

“Butler and Jardine are two masters of musical improv whose chemistry and cleverness leap off the stage. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed an improv show more, and I’ve seen Whose Line is it Anyway? live.” – Regional News

“I could watch [Butler and Jardine] simply sit in an empty room and I would feel privileged to be there.” – Art Murmurs

Workshop spaces are limited so be sure to RESERVE YOUR SPOT below!

WHEN: FRIDAY, 24th of June 2022

Starts – 2.00pm
Finishes – 4.00pm

Workshop Admission Fee: Koha on arrival 

Does the workshop have an age restriction?

No, however this workshop is best suited for adults. 

Once I reserve my spot, what’s next?

After reserving your spot, you will be sent an email confirming the details of the workshop. We will email you again closer to the workshop date as a reminder. 

What if I can’t make it?

Please let us know as soon as you can so we can make sure someone else who would like to go can make it.

Will I be able to buy food and drinks?

No, there will not be any food or drinks available to purchase during the workshop. There is tap water on site and please feel free to bring some light snacks if necessary. 

Where is the Black Box Theatre Located?

The Black Box Theatre is inside of the Kerikeri Theatre Company studio, which is located at 17 Sammaree Place, Kerikeri 0230.

How can I pay?

​The workshop tutors have asked only for a Koha, so no pre-payment is necessary. Please bring something to Koha on the day and give to the tutors directly.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions and can’t find the answers above, please contact us at Thanks, and we hope to see you at the show!

The Black Box Theatre is proudly supported by Bayleys – Bay Of Islands Real Estate –