ImproGuise, Cape Town’s longest running improvisational performance company, will be starting 2014 with an extended two week bang, in the form of South Africa’s second ever Improv Festival. Based on the success of their first one, in 2013, the performance company will be offering up a selection of their most fun and most popular long form improvised formats, and even adding exciting new ones into the mix.
Running until Saturday, February 8, at the intimate Kalk Bay Theatre, they will be delighting, amazing and tantalising audiences with a full programme of totally made up shows.
“I am so excited that we are doing completely novel things with improve,” says Improv veteran Megan Furniss says.
“Aside from our regular short-form shows, the Improv Fest gives us a chance to show off a whole new range of our talents to our audiences. And we get to dress up too.”
Here’s a brief look at The Improv Fest line-up
• Crime Thursdays – Thursday, January 30 and Thursday, February 6 are devoted to detectives, murder, thrillers, evil, the law, justice, and all without any pre-planning or rehearsals. Crimes will be committed and murders solved. It’s all in an evening’s improv.
• Friday Family Musicals – Friday, January 31 and Friday, February 7 are devoted to The Musicprov. You know, those epic, fantastic, full musicals that have never been seen before, nor will be repeated ever again? Those.
• Saturday SuperScene – The Saturdays of February 1 and 8 will see the return of last year’s favourite format, SuperScene. Highly competitive, very skilled and expertly executed improv, in which directors create their scenes, pitch new ideas to the audience and only the most brilliant one survives and is completed. SuperScene is ruthlessly brilliant and addictive.
• Wednesday Westerns – Wednesday, February 5 will see the return of a full one and a half hour improvised Western. People are still talk about last year’s bordellos, posses, ranchers and sheriffs with amazement.
* Tickets cost R60 (R50 for students) with special family weekend specials, where a family of four pay only R180. To book, call 072 939 3351.
For more information, visit www.improguise.co.za.
Guests can enjoy an eat-as-much-as-you-like feast of Mediterranean-inspired fare for only R95 (excludes show ticket, dessert, coffee and drinks). To book a table for dinner, call 071 471 2291.