Fully Improvised 15 hour Medieval Fantasy Soap-a-thon to Aid Rape Crisis in Cape Town
Last year, ImproGuise, South Africa's longest running, award-winning and hilarious improvisation company amazed and delighted audiences with South Africa's first-ever non-stop 12-hour Soap-a-thon. Nobody believed it was possible, and for the few die-hards who managed to sit through all of the hour and ten minute episodes, it was a theatrical rite of passage. No sooner had ImproGuise finished the task, fans started asking the company when the next one would be....
Deciding that if they were going to do it again it would have to be bigger and longer, ImproGuise is delighted to announce this year's 15 hour improvised medieval fantasy Soap-a-thon. In honour of our 21st birthday and to raise money for a great cause, ImproGuise will be improvising 15 hours in aid of Rape Crisis on 26 October 2013 at the Little Theatre on Hiddingh Campus in Orange Street, Gardens.
Drawing inspiration from GAME OF THRONES, CAMELOT, MERLIN and even Terry Pratchett, ImproGuise will be playing in a medieval fantasy world of kings and queens, of knights and noblemen, of murder, treachery and revenge, of alchemy, sorcery and magic. In castles and cottages, on boats and on land, where wars are fought, clandestine affairs conducted and deceit and lies threaten at each turn.
"In the end, there can be only one ruler and anything can happen," says Tandi Buchan, artistic director of ImproGuise. "We cannot predict what the outcome will be, because it is all improvised, but if the last Soap-a-thon is anything to go by, it will be riveting stuff."
ImproGuise is a most loved and talented improv troupe, well known for playing Theatresports and other formats of improv in front of live audiences. 2013 has seen some exciting firsts for ImproGuise. The company started the year with SA's first two-week improv festival at The Kalk Bay Theatre, where ImproGuise introduced audiences to entirely improvised long form westerns, period dramas, musicals and other more competitive formats like "superscene". ImproGuise has also been experimenting on the last Thursday of the month at Alexander Bar Upstairs in a show called JAM SANDWICH, with improv for adult audiences. But, it's the Soap-a-thon that really gets ImproGuise's improv blood pumping through their veins.
This year ImproGuise will improvise 10 episodes, starting from 9am in the morning, with the final episode ending at midnight. Of course, there will be plenty of food and drink on sale, making it easy for audiences to stay, and stay, and stay.
Diarise the 26 October, at The Little Theatre, on UCT's Hiddingh Campus from 9am to midnight. Tickets for each episode cost R60. It's family-friendly, and there is a discount for bookings of more than four episodes. To book for the Soapathon, visit Webtickets (http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406057973).
For further details, join Improguise's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Improguisesoapathon). Improguise performs at 20h30 every Monday at The Intimate and on Tuesdays at 20h00 at The Kalk Bay Theatre. For more information about Rape Crisis, which provides essential services to women through counseling and court support services, visit their website (www.rapecrisis.org.za).