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Mama City Improv Festival
The Mother City is where it’s at for Improv Comedy
Let these improv masters tickle your funny bone with four nights and five days of laughter at the annual Mama City Improv Fest at the Magnet Theatre in Observatory, from Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November 2018.
Improv is a form of comedic theatre that is unscripted, happenning in the moment. Improvisers are given a word or situation from the audience that serves as inspiration for scenes then made up on-the-spot. The most important rule in improv is "SAY YES’"– with actors carrying out the story by going along with whatever their cast members are doing.
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL ARTISTS
The Mama City Improv Festival has secured some big names for the 2018 Festival. The headline act, The Lusty Mannequins, featuring Canadians Ashley Comeau and Karen Parker, return to the festival once again. This award-winning duo will take you on a mischief-filled ride – sharing their clever view of the world. Champagne Boyfriend (Canada), The Long Shots (Cape Town), ImproGuise (Cape Town), The 2nd Liners (Cape Town), and Mmankokosana Playback Theatre (Joburg) are some of the other players taking part in the festival. Take a look at some of the other shows on offer this year by browsing the 2018 show programme.
Whether you’re an improv fan or an up-and-coming performer, this festival caters to your every need. Learn from the masters coming from Canada, USA and Argentina as they take to the stage, or get up close and personal with them in a variety of workshops throughout the festival. Get started on your improv journey at the Mama City Improv Festival at The Magnet Theatre, the Observatory Community Centre, or the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory in daytime classes for all levels with everything from a three-hour workshop to an intensive course. There's even an Improv for Young People class on Saturday for 10 to 16-year-olds, from 1 to 4 pm that's taught by the Canadian headliners Ashley Comeau and Karen Parker. Take a look at the 2018 improv workshop and teacher offerings.
The shows take place at the Magnet Theatre in Observatory. The Magnet Theatre is one of Cape Town’s gems: it strives to be a moving force in the lives and minds of people, wholeheartedly committed to the community and the important role of theatre in shifting the current paradigm, locally and globally. With a capacity of 150, it’s perfect for improv comedy, where the sparks that ignite paradigm shifts are set off and new realities are foreshadowed.
TICKETS TO THE 2018 MAMA CITY IMPROV FEST IN OBSERVATORY
Tickets range from R80 to R110 per show and are available now at Quicket. Shows start at 7, 9, or 11pm at The Magnet Theatre in Observatory. Don’t miss out!
Workshop prices range from R420pp to R800pp and are available now at Quicket.
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