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The 12 Hour Soap : workshop with Patti Stiles



This year for Adelaide Fringe, On the Fly will be performing its first extreme long-form show with specialised training from Patti Stiles. Patti is the Oceanic representative for the International Theatresports Institute and also a co-director at Impro Melbourne. To find out more about Patti please visit her web site at:

The extreme long-form show, or soapathon, is an improvised theatre show which will continue for an extended amount of time. A bit like sitting back and binge watching your favourite TV show one episode after another.

The current record for a non-stop improvised theatre show is around 200-300 hours or 2-5 days.  Impro Melbourne’s Die Nasty embarked on their first soapathon (which ran for around 52 hours) in 2011.

After hearing Patti go on about the amazing Die Nasty Soapathon in Canada, Katherine Weaver from Impro Melbourne said “I want to do one. I will produce it if you will direct and train us.” Patti agreed and the first Die Nasty Soapathon in Australia was born!

Their theme was 1945 at the end of WW2. It centered around the citizens of the quaint town of Dustsea the most northernly point in Australia and Apricot Capital of the world. Since then, they have also produced a soapathon based on 19th century Spain, the Academy Awards in LA in 1969 and this year will see them create Little Soap on the Prairie based on the TV show Little House on the Prairie.

Die Nasty started in Canada in 1991 and has been running weekly ever since. Die Nasty has received awards for excellence in Improvised Theatre, reaching its 500th episode in 2007. In 2005, director Dana Andersen exported the company’s annual Soap-A-Thon to England. Currently the Die Nasty style soap a thon is played in Edmonton, London, Cork, Bristol and Melbourne.

For more information on SOAPATHON please visit their web site by clicking here.
Information on the first WW2 Soap can be found by clicking here.
And information on the Canadian Die Nasty can be found by clicking here.

On the Fly’s will be hold training sessions with Patti on 23rd of November at the Box Factory. We will then be training for Soapathon on Sunday nights, starting on 11th of January.

Day: Sunday
Dates:  23rd November
Times: 1-6pm

SHOW: Sunday 8 March 1pm to 1am at the Grace Emily as part of the Adelaide Improv Festival.

Workshop cost :

On the Fly members
Adult $40
Concession $25

Non On the Fly members
Adult $50
Concession $35

Pre-sales for the workshop are available via Try Booking link:

Workshop fees may be purchased on the day.