Members of the People’s Republic of Improv are performing ‘Wynasty’ at Ghost Light Theatre throughout the month of November. Photo: Ishna Jacobs.

Improvised soap opera comes to town


It’s 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting.

Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry.

It’s all imagined of course, says cast member Laura Irish, but that doesn’t make it any less dramatic.

In this world, Nelson’s wine growing industry was steeped in intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze.

This is “Wynasty”.

“Not to be confused with the hit soap opera ‘Dynasty’ which is obviously entirely and completely different,” says Laura.

The idea for an improvised soap opera was planted in her brain after a recent trip to Melbourne.

“The concept just works so well, people can follow along all the twists and turns each week or just turn up and inject themselves in the drama.”

The show features a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others’ downfall.

“Each one of them has only one thing on their mind – power … and wine … and seduction,” Laura says.

At Ghost Light Theatre at 146 Bridge St, every Friday in November, she says the public should “tune in for emotionally-charged, grapey-angst at its overly-dramatic best”.

“Follow along the entirely improvised, hilariously serialised, live action soap opera that depicts a moment in time, when wine was king and revenge was aged in oak barrels before bottling. Enjoy … at room temperature.”

The story continues each Friday and spans four weeks in November starting on the November 9, with a fifth episode, The Wynasty Christmas Special on December 14.

There will be special guest cameo performers each week.

Bookings at and a series pass are available for four shows is $30.