Taichung Improv will host a fundraising event tomorrow consisting of improvised fun and games in the first half and an improvised murder mystery in the second half.
Proceeds will go to Project Spark, a collaborative project for the rehabilitation of the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda by the Philippine Red Cross Climate Change Center, Silly People’s Improv Theater in Manila and Read2Lead Philippines. The main focus is to teach members of affected communities how to respond to emergency with disaster preparedness and risk reduction management through the use of games-based, improvisational techniques.
To reserve seats, call (03) 667-5075 or email TaichungImprov@gmail.com. More information can be found at www.taichungimprov.net.
■ Titty Tea, 2, Jiafeng 2nd St Sec 2, Chubei City, Hsinchu County (新竹縣竹北市嘉豐二街二段2號)
■ Tomorrow from 7pm to 9pm with a 20-minute intermission
■ Tickets are NT$350 with one drink included
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