HANDS UP: Leon Clingman and Bridget McCarthy.

THE players of TheatreSports, ImproGuise will present Cape Town’s first Improv Festival at Kalk Bay Theatre from January 29 to February 9.

The hilarious, entirely improvised TheatreSports series allows the audience to direct what they’re going to see.

No two shows are the same, as the sharp-witted team make it all up as they go. Their recent 12-hour Soap-a-thon was a runaway success and raised R12 000 for Rape Crisis.

Long-standing Improguise member Tandi Buchan says the Improv Festival will be “not one, not two, but a full festival feast of 10 shows with pure improvised fun. Every night there will be a different theme, providing great entertainment for the whole family.”

The line-up will be a regular Tuesday night TheatreSports evening for diehard, short-form improv fans, followed by Wednesday Westerns, in which punters can see a full-on Western in two parts, all made up and as exciting as a posse on pursuit.

Thursdays at Thornton Hall will be devoted to the delicate expression of feelings, love, marriage and money in the most civilised and mannered style of Jane Austen. Friday Family Musicals will be the perfect time for the whole family to get a dose of improv made up and sung.

Ruthless Super Scene Saturdays hopes to showcase highly competitive, 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.

TheatreSports is performed throughout the year every Tuesday night at Kalk Bay Theatre. Keep a look out for their other events this year, including their first Improv course from February 28 until April 18. – Arts writer

l The festival will be staged from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are R60. Enjoy a burger and chips for R50 with Funkie Chef’s famous chocolate brownies after the show, when guests can meet the performers, for R35. Dinner bookings must be pre-booked.

Tickets for students and scholars are R40 from the door, or opt for a family special of R180 for four tickets. See www.kbt.co.za, visit Kalk Bay Theatre on Facebook or follow @KalkBayTheatre on Twitter.