Mama City is all about growing the improv community in Africa. In particular, we envision a South Africa with improv theatres in every major city, classes in every school and heaps of fun through breaking the pace of the daily grind. Discovering spontaneous comedy, one scene at a time, is what we're about!
Born in a 2016 collaboration between Canadian improviser Ashley Comeau and South Africa-based improviser Eva Gilliam, the festival was the first of it’s kind to bring, en masse, international improv comedy performers and teachers to the tip of Africa - to mix and mingle, learn and play and indulge in this hilarious, creative, inclusive, expansive art form on the continent!
Our mission is to shine a spotlight on exceptional unscripted comedic theatre by presenting the best talent from all over South Africa and the world in an intimate festival setting, with an outrageously gorgeous landscape – Cape Town!
The last three years have seen audiences grow exponentially, with performers from USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and of course, RSA.
Come join us!
This year Mama City will have 2-3 shows a night over the five-day festival. Our performers come from: South Africa, Canada, Japan, UK and the USA with individuals forming Mixers Teams from USA, , Australia, Europe and South Africa.