The Toys Strike Back!

A thrilling improvised performance based on the toys and stories that kids bring to the show. Created by Det Andre Teatret of Norway.

The Toys Strike Back!

Created by Det Andre Teatret (Norway)

The Toys Strikes Back! consists of different improvised stories based on the toys that kids bring to the show. The actors enter unknown, thrilling, and comic stories together with the kids, who get to help out through suggestions and physical participation. This is Det Andre Teatret’s honest attempt to take the way kids play seriously. Every performance is a blank page – a big opportunity for the toys and the stories they hold. The opportunity to strike back!

“We want to give the space of theatre back to the kids, and inspire them to see that theatre is everywhere,” says artistic director and actor Nils Petter Mørland. The Toys Strikes Back! was initially created for school-touring in Norway. It has played in festivals in Estonia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany and Canada for more than 6500 kids.

NOTE: The Toys Strike Back! is recommended for children over the age of 5. Children are encouraged to bring a toy. We regret that we cannot accommodate families with infants or toddlers.


    • Saturday, October 19 – 2:00p.m. | The Improv Centre
      • Price (online): Adult – $14.50  Child/Student/Senior – $9.50
    • Saturday, October 19 – 4:00p.m. | The Improv Centre
      • Price (online): Adult – $14.50  Child/Student/Senior – $9.50

Planning a family outing? Consider the Toys Family Pack

      • Valid only for The Toys Strike Back!
      • Includes tickets for 2 adults + 2 children
      • 2 matinee shows to choose from
      • Price: $39
      • To purchase, click here and select ‘Festival Family Pack’ from the dropdown menu.


Programming and shows subject to change without notice.

This show is an International TheatreSports Festival performance:

The Improv World is coming to VTS from October 14 – 20 when we will be playing host to the International TheatreSports Institute (iTi) Conference and Festival. The iTi is the largest improv network in the world. Every two years they convene a conference and improv festival that brings together improvisers from around the globe. The theme of this year’s festival is ImproV Ecology in recognition of how the improv art form has evolved around the world to reflect the influences it receives from different cultural terroirs. The Festival showcases improv formats created by iTi founder Keith Johnstone (e.g. Theatresports™, Gorilla Theatre™, Maestro Impro™ and The Life Game™), along with signature performances by some of the visiting international delegates and companies. All shows will take place on Granville Island. In addition to our own theatre, The Improv Centre, we will also be performing at the Waterfront Theatre and at the Nest Studio Theatre – all three venues are only a short walk apart from each other.

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