Soap-a-thon Press Release

A fully improvised 15-hour medieval fantasy Soap-a-thon


Last year, we, South Africa’s longest running, award-winning improvisation company amazed and delighted audiences with South Africa’s first ever nonstop 12-hour Soap-a-thon. For the few die-hards who managed to sit through every one of the 70- minute episodes, it was a theatre rite of passage. No sooner had they finished the task, fans started asking when the next one would be….

This year, the Soap-a-thon is back: a 15-hour improvised medieval fantasy.  In honour of our 22nd birthday, we will perform twelve episodes, over 15 hours, in aid of Rape Crisis. The madness will start at 9 am, with the final episode ending at midnight. Food and drink will be on sale, making it easy for audiences to stay, and stay, and stay.

Drawing inspiration from Game of Thrones, Camelot, Merlin and even Terry Pratchett, the actors will create a medieval fantasy world of royalty and noblemen, of murder, treachery and revenge, of alchemy, sorcery and magic. “In the end, anything can happen”, says Tandi Buchan, artistic director of Improguise. “We can’t predict what the outcome will be, because it’s all improvised, but if the last Soap-a-thon is anything to go by, it will be riveting stuff.”

Soap-a-thon, 26 October, The Little Theatre, on UCT’s Hiddingh Campus from 9 am to 12 am. Tickets for each episode cost R60. Family-friendly, with a discount for bookings of more than four episodes. (To book for the Soap-a-thon, visit Webtickets at For more information about Rape Crisis: Crisis provides essential services to women through counseling and court support services.

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