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SOAP operas sometimes feel like they are improvised around a theme anyway, so why not do it for real? That’s what the improv group Improguise will do for the second year running at the end of the month with their Soap-a-thon.
Ten sessions, each 80 minutes long, with a 20-minute break in between, will amount to a 15-hour long performance at the Little Theatre on October 26.
Drawing inspiration from Game of Thrones, Camelot and even Terry Pratchett, the improv artists will play in a medieval fantasy world of kings, knights, queens and treachery with a bit of alchemy and magic on the side.
Each episode will be loosely managed by a director who hands over to a different director during the break.
“It’ll be interesting because our characters cannot appear during that scene,” said Improguise artistic director Tandi Buchan.
“There will be lots of journeys and random deaths.”
Last year there were a couple of die-hards who stuck it out for all the episodes, but mostly people dipped in and out, with some returning at the end of the day to see how the characters had progressed.
Buchan said there would be food and coffee on sale, and the bar would open at 6pm. They were aiming at a family-friendly affair, though the late-night episodes could become a bit more, if not serious, at least adult-themed.
As was the case last year, the Soap-a-thon is not just about having some fun on stage, but also about raising money for Rape Crisis and Buchan said they hoped to make more money than they did last year.
While she couldn’t predict how the story would end, she does know that there can be only one ruler to rule them all and they will just make the rest of it up as they go along.
• Tickets for each episode cost R60, with a discount for anyone who stays for more than four episodes, and the first episode starts at 9am. You can purchase a ticket at the door or through www.webtickets.co.za, and more details are available on the Facebook page.