Africa Clockwise is the name of the epic journey Mark Sampson and his family will undertake around the circumference of the continent from April 2013- Sept 2015 in their Big Green Truck, running on cooking oil and solar power.
It’s also the title of his latest comedy show, which premiered in Grahamstown in 2011, and has since played at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in Sandton and at the Masque Theatre in Cape Town to rave reviews.
Sampson is on a mission to prove that Africa can show the world how to cope with climate change. With our ecological clock ticking, he is setting out to explore more than 35 countries, one year up the west coast and one year down the east.
It is also a quest to discover whether it is possible for his kids to live happily without a TV or even water on tap. A quest to investigate whether a future without fossil-fuelled luxuries may not be such a bad thing, helping us to focus on quality of life, not quantity of possessions.
The journey in the Big Green Truck is ‘clockwise’ – both as a direction, and as an awareness: time is crucial and we all need to wake up and take proactive steps to safeguard our children’s future.
Going green is very hot right now, and with global warming, it’s only going to get hotter. Get Africa Clockwise and come along for the ride!
Follow the journey on www.africaclockwise.co.za, like us on Facebook and look out for Africa Clockwise the show on its return in 2015!
Our aim is to inspire South Africans with positive stories to challenge images of ‘overwhelming doom of global warming’ and ‘darkest Africa’, and also to take pan-Africans a refreshing image of South Africans, willing to hold hands out across the continent in partnership and spread a message of connection and support.
Mark Sampson: Comediator
In 1999, Mark Sampson and his wife Sam Pearce, an Oxford graduate with wide PR experience, founded the Cape Comedy Collective, SA first cross-cultural comedy initiative. Sampson mentored Loyiso Gola, Riaad Moosa, Nik Rabinowitz, Kurt Schoonraad, Kagiso Lediga, Stuart Taylor, Tracy Klass, Mel Jones, Khaya Dlanga, Jason Cope et al in their weekly Comedy Lab.
In 2003, they took a CCC show to the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in partnership with Old Mutual, the Department of Arts and Culture and the British Council. They achieved 4 star reviews and a dynamic revision of what it means to be Proudly South African for an international audience.
Since then Sampson has written and toured 3 solo shows nationwide – see clips:
Africa Clockwise green comedy – clips of rewritten CT show.
Mark Sampson is an hilarious comedian and a powerful communicator: a ‘comediator’, who brings a lightness of touch to difficult issues, empowering his audiences by diffusing their fear of climate change challenges with digestible facts leavened with fun.
Sampson has a biological daughter and adopted son who both went to Xhosa pre-school in the township of Masiphumelele. His appeal is broader than your average taciturn adventurer – resident in South Africa since 1992, and fluent in Mzansi culture, his British-born humour also ensures an international reach. He is a big personality with the charisma of Jeremy Clarkson but far more loveable – a family man who makes a plan that all South Africans can identify with. He can and does talk to anyone, and gets a grin from everyone.
“It’s stand-up comedy at its finest, a man with something to say and a fabulous way of saying it.” Daily Maverick
“Mark Sampson puts the conscience into comedy, Africa Clockwise is more than a show, it’s a crusade. Sampson’s style segues between serious and very, very funny.” Business Day
“Africa Clockwise is fast paced, rib tickling, enthralling, informative & reflective… a heartfelt and thoroughly entertaining gem…
he’s come to grips with a lot of the issues and is bringing sustainability to our world through laughter…
His search for a new meaning and securing a future for his family is taking him on an incredible and exciting journey, a journey that will inspire us all.” icologie.com