You couldn’t make it up Utrecht. Or could you?

This weekend will see Utrecht full of improvisational theatre actors as The Dutch Student Championship Theatre Sport finals will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November at the Cultuurcentrum Parnassos in Utrecht.

Once they have settled down for the evening’s performances, the audience will be asked to callout suggestions for a topic for example ‘Brothers!’, ‘Microwave meal!’, ‘The 17th century!’ Or ‘Climate change!’, and four student actors will then improvise a theatre scene of about five minutes whilst three judges give points for content, technology and entertainment.

Another team of four actors does the same, after which the audience can vote which scene they think is the best. And so on.

That is the core of theatre sport, a form of competition for improvisational theatre that will take centre stage in Utrecht during the Dutch Student Championships Theatre Sports(NSK).

A fun packed, adventurous evenings entertainment faces the audience for two nights, when you can see what may well be the future of The Netherlands actor talent on display.

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November, lovers of theatre, improvisation and humour can indulge in a fantastic two night extravaganza in Utrecht.

In all,  twenty Theatre Sports teams, from all over the Netherlands and Flanders will come to the Culture Centre Parnassos for the Dutch Student Championships Theatre Sports. Teams from Eindhoven, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Maastricht and Leuven will take part in the tournament. The matches are played under the guidance of improvising pianists.

The teams compete for De Duc, the NSK prize.

Since 1992, the NSK has been organized annually by various Theatre Sports Associations at various locations in the Netherlands.

This year it is the turn of Alter Ego, the theatre group from Utrecht who won the NSK last year.

There will be 400 visitors, 85 players, 47 shows, 20 teams, 34 volunteers, 2 days, 1 winner, that is the NSK 2018.

 The theme of this year is ‘Ethical Eighties’.

With a day ticket for Saturday you can choose how many performances of 30 minutes you want to visit between 09:00 and 17:30. With a day ticket for the Sunday you can enjoy unlimited Theatre Sports between 10:00 and 18:30. On Sunday afternoons the quarter finals and semi-finals take place from 15:45.

On Sunday evening from 19:30 to 22:00, with an interval, the final part of the NSK will take place: a full-length show in which the two best teams of the tournament compete against each other.

All ticketing information is available on their website here.

The NSK is supported by Elise Mathilde Fonds, the Municipality of Utrecht, Carel Nengerman Fonds, VSB Fonds, K.F. Hein Fonds, various sponsors and various Friends of the NSK (crowdfunding).Many thanks to all of our supporters.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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