Improv Season Courtyard Theatre

By MapMyWay
6 January 2020

Improv Season Courtyard Theatre
Improv Season Jan - Apr 2020

Here’s news of the brand new Improv Season at the newly revamped and renamed Courtyard Playhouse (formerly Alexander Bar and Theatre).
The Courtyard Theatre Improv Season is curated by Kemsley Dickinson and is separate from the Curated Theatre Season (curated by Jemma Kahn).

The other good news is that all tickets cost R90, and there’s a R60 Launch Special Promo code ‘LAUNCH’

Courtyard Theatre Improv Season Programme January – April 2020

  • Sunday Night Improv: Whose Braai is it Anyway?
Improv Season Courtyard Theatre

A brand new two-act show of hilarious improvised fun featuring The Long Shots as the headlining act.

Opening with their in-house troupe featuring story titles, chosen by our audience, from ‘Dra-ma in Hyperama’ to ‘Romeo and Juliet Uncut’, and spontaneously brought to life by our im-provisers. After a short interval our headliners, The Long Shots take to the stage to entertain you with their own unique style of improv.

The Long Shots are an Improvisational comedy troupe. They make scenes up LIVE, using audience suggestions. The off-the-cuff crew based in Cape Town, South Africa. No planning, no scripts. 100% pure unrefined comedy.

The Long Shots was founded by Jason Delplanque (The Maydays, UK) in 2011 to create and perform a mix of short and long-form improv. Always taking their cue from a ‘what if?!’ an-gle on life, The Long Shots aims to make Cape Town a place where “yes…and?” becomes the leading paradigm!

WHAT: Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse. Headlining The Long Shots and The Second Liners
WHEN: Every Sunday evening 12 & 19 Jan at 6pm – 8pm

  • Monday Night Comedy: Maestro™ Improv

Improv Season Courtyard Theatre

Fast-paced, unpredictable, and hilarious.
Ten of Cape Town’s virtuoso actors converge for a night of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. You score the players on a scale of 1 to 5, and after each round, the players with the lowest scores are eliminated.

When only one remains they, are crowned the Maestro!


‘Great fun! Very enjoyable and funny! I’ll be back!’ – Carol   ‘Great fun – will be back. ‘ – Judy

‘The show was hilarious and well directed. I enjoyed the intimate space.’ – Kerry

‘Loved the layout and how it was directed. It’s been fascinating for me to be able to experience so many styles of improv theatre there.’ – Penelope

WHAT: Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse. Licensed format with the International Theatresports Institute
WHEN: Every Monday Night starting 13 Jan 2020

  • Tuesday Night Theatre: Speechless – Improvised Powerpoint

There are 350 PowerPoint presentations given every second around the world. But none quite like this.

Speechless shows off Cape Town’s silly side by letting presenters live out their worst night-mare: giving a presentation with absolutely no preparation. We put entertainers, entrepre-neurs, and audience members on the spot with nothing more than a stage, a microphone and a PowerPoint deck full of surprising images that they’ve never seen.

A virtual wheel deter-mines at random what kind of talk they have to give — it can be a TED Talk, a new app being launched, a quarterly report, even a wedding toast — and then our presenters do the best job they can to try to get through the show while attempting to leave the audience Speech-less.


‘What a fantastic start to the week. Hilarious acts… Couldn’t stop laughing, loved every bit of it, definitely coming back for more.’ – Arlene

‘Brilliant, hilarious and dramatic — a beautifully imaginative evening.’ – Eva

‘What a fabulous evening! The whole cast did an amazing job and a big applause for the team at Courtyard for putting all of this together.’ – Deepika

‘Brilliant show. Thoroughly enjoyed the improvised performances. Definitely coming back to the Courtyard Playhouse’ – Jibran

WHAT: Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse. Licensed format with Speechless Inc.
WHEN: First Tuesday of every month starting 14 Jan 2020

  • Tuesday Night Theatre: Director’s Cut

Improv Season Courtyard Theatre

Four Directors go head to head to make their artistic vision a reality. To win the Oscar they’ll need to get the work they want out of the actors in real time on stage: Western, Film Noir, Romantic Comedy and Super-Hero Movies are the flavour of this years Academy Awards and you, the audience will decide which flick will be awarded best Motion Picture, and which will get cut.

Four Directors, Four Movies, one evening of fast paced electrical theatre where the stakes couldn’t be higher. Directors Cut, coming to a Theatre near you.

WHAT: Created and Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse
WHEN: Tuesday 21 Jan & 11 Feb

  • Tuesday Night Theatre: King Gong

Improv Season Courtyard Theatre


Join us at the Playhouse for the fiercest open mic you will ever witness! Local performers attempt to defy the ominous sound of the gong as you, the audience decide their fate.The survivor wins the ‘King Gong’ title…until the next time!


‘I fell off my chair laughing twice over! Had a great time and the cast put on an amazing show. All of the comics were absolutely fantastic.’ – Dhiren

‘I just visited the Courtyard last night for the King Gong comedy night and I must say it was amazing. The performers were outstanding. I appreciate the concept and the way you are pro-moting these guys.’ – Talha

‘Went for one of their shows last week and it was hilarious! All the comedians are full of energy and super engaging. Keep up the good work guys!’ – Nimra

WHAT: Created and Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse
WHEN: Tuesday 28 Jan & 18 Feb

  • Valentines Special: First Kiss

Improv Season Courtyard Theatre

‘If music be the food of love, then improv’ comedy must be the very air that lovers do breathe.’* – William Shakespeare

*Or something like that.

A dimly lit room…the piano music twinkling gently as soft laughter fills the air…there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a night at the theatre.

Join  the Courtyard Playhouse for a night of romance, laughter and love, as our impro-visers entertain you with scenes based on audience suggestions. They might even act out your own love story!


‘Filled me with love for my hard-working away-chap. Thanks!’ – Helen Morgan

‘Great night – loved it!’ – Rear Be Softy

‘Kudos to you guys for putting up such an amazing show tonight. Totally enjoyed it.’ – Vikram Bhaskar

WHAT: Created and Produced by The Courtyard Playhouse
WHEN: 12, 13 & 14 Feb

WHERE: Courtyard Playhouse (Alexander Bar, Café) 76 Strand Street corner Loop Street, Cape Town 8001
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