UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre meets long form improvisation • Running Time: 60 mins
Milton Schorr, Andrew Roux & Mikkie Denne Le Roux
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After a sold out run in Cape Town, the cult classic comedy franchise 'The Game' hits Jozi for the first time with their twisted tale of love and heartbreak 'Ohne Dich (Without You)'. 

Hailed as ‘pure genius’, ‘superb’, and ‘funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, The Game is a new form of theatre. Improvised according to a set story-line and intentionally grappling with deep universal themes, every performance of The Game is one of a kind, creating the on-the-edge energy that has made this show notorious.



Legendary Coach Frik (Milton Schorr) and his new assistant Maachel (Andrew Roux) are reeling from broken hearts. On the brink of ending it all a cry to the heavens delivers to them an Angel (Mikki-Dene Le Roux), and the chance to wrest their sanity from a haze of romantic illusion, if they have the balls. 

'The show laid bare the antagonism between the sexes. To be loved you must be exposed which, in turn, renders you unlovable. A harsh universe full of truths and residues. 

The work is raw and pure.' - Daniel



‘The Game is an education in why we spend too much time being precious about this theatre thing. Here’s to not concentrating but taking note. Here’s to making the first time every time. Here’s to honest frikin rightness. I need a soapbox, someone give me a soapbox…’ - Daneel.

 

‘Loved it completely! It was brutally funny and brave. What a wonderful night out. Thank you.’ - Carolyn. 



‘Some interesting themes but should not be advertised as a comedy unless the nudity is deemed as the comedic aspect which is unintelligent to say the least.’ - Belinda. 



‘Absolutely fantastic. Well done. Non-stop entertainment, very funny and quite emotional at times.’ – Fraser.

About ‘The Game’:

The Game is long form improvisation with balls. Set in a world where an ancient form of extreme handball has become a global obsession, The Game is a series of live events featuring Coach Frik du Perez (Milton Schorr), Tatiana Petrokova (Brendan Murray), Japie (Andrew Laubscher), Shannon (Adrian Collins) and Maachel (Andrew Roux). It is generally wholly improvised, rehearsal work revolving around character and relationship development, meaning events are unpredictable with participants simply playing The Game and letting what may unfold.

It was first performed in Cape Town in June of 2009 before travelling to the South African National Arts Festival, where it received the worst review in the history of humankind. ‘A waste of time and money..', 'I felt embarrassed to be a part of the human race…’, 'TOTALLY inappropriate' and 'no talent, no story-line, no game…' are just a few snippets from that landmark text. The cast immediately had t-shirts printed with the worst of the quotes, and continued to challenge audiences with the show’s unique, non-theatrical style. 

In the words of the show’s creator, Milton Schorr:  ‘We realised that the review was a shocked, purely honest response that gave us a perfect window into the dynamics of The Game. In rehearsal we discovered that the phrase “totally inappropriate” is exactly what The Game is about, because it means “honest”. From then on, whenever we worked on a new instalment, we asked ourselves “is this totally inappropriate, is this honest?” Honesty, we agreed, is what is often lacking on the stage with productions usually re-presenting old themes and styles, which is why honesty is shocking.’ 

Despite the original reviewer’s feelings other people did like the play, some even loved it. ‘Funny as hell, brave as a motherfucker’, ‘I have never seen a room full of people laugh this hard’, and ‘it was like a rollercoaster’, were just a few of the sentiments gathered at that first performance. 

After a hiatus of nearly six years Milton Schorr and Brendan Murray, unable to shake the feeling that The Game still had an important place on the stage, decided to reprise the format in Cape Town with ‘The Game: Redemption’ (2015). ‘Shannon’s Tongue’ was also created (2015), featuring a new addition in the character of Maachel (Andrew Roux). 

For ‘Ohne Dich’ Mikki-dene Le Roux joins the team as ‘The Angel’ and becomes the first ever participant with a real vagina (don’t tell Tatiana, she thinks her penis is a large clitoris and the anus is where everyone ‘does it’). The boys are happy to have a woman among them, they feel they may just be able to become men. 

Dedicated Game Fan Ari Kruger shares the experience of watching ‘Redemption’ in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60TSb8ImCTI 



Book for Ohne Dich : The Game by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 30th Jul 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 31st Jul 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre / Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Pieter Dirk Uys as BAMBI. Godfrey Johnson at the Piano
Warning: 16+
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With Pieter-Dirk Uys as 'Madame Bambi Kellermann' and Godfrey Johnson at the piano.

"BAMBI IN KABARET"

"Bambi is a gift from Pieter-Dirk Uys we should treasure while we have her with us." CAPE TIMES

"Dit is alles en nog meer as wat 'n kabaret behoort te bied." DIE BURGER

"Bambi still has teeth and she's cracking nuts!" SUNDAY TIMES

There seems to be no end to the appeal of Tannie Evita's blonde sussie! After her controversial appearances at recent festivals and her legendary
theatrical soirees which won her the Best Cabaret / Fleur du Cap award in 2010, Bambi Kellermann will now perform where she belongs: in Fox Street Johannesburg. The PopArt Theatre will host a three-performance season of the cabaret which critics have hailed as a milestone in musical satire and 'not to be missed!'

Bambi Kellermann (born Baby Poggenpoel) is the younger sister of Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, the 'most famous white woman in South Africa'. Chalk and cheese. Whereas Evita has become a household name and favourite across political-party lines, Bambi smoulders in the background - not yet as famous as her sister, but far more dangerous. She left Bethlehem in South Africa's Orange Free State in 1956 and went to Europe where she eventually married Joachim von Kellermann, a notorious nazi survivor of the Second World War.
In order to hide him from arrest, she took whatever job she could, in many cases verging on the pornographic. Eventually they reached Paraguay where von Kellermann found old SS friends. He became Minister of War. He has since died.

Bambi is back in the democratic South Africa. She runs a wine-tasting cellar in Paarl, sometimes referred to as nothing more than an excuse for a
high-class brothel. It is known that she is HIV-positive. But with money and knowledge, she can live with her virus, as she did with her terrible
secrets. She sings - well, she has been inspired to sing by many who also could not sing, but became famous for their singing: Marlene Dietrich,
Hildgarde Knef and Zarah Leander to name the German ones. She loves the music of Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. And being an Afrikaner meisie at heart, finds any excuse to sing her favourite Boere Liedjies out of the FAK Sangbundel. But with a sinister twist.

This is what the Kabaret is about: her extraordinary story of survival told in song, her background echoed in familiar tunes, her inspirations gently
mocked through canny impersonation. With Pieter-Dirk Uys as Bambi and with music arranged and played by Godfrey Johnson, the cabaret is performed in three languages. Bambi's story is told in English, while the songs also include some in German and some in Afrikaans. This cabaret is not for the faint-hearted. It unites the acrid stench of the old Weimar Republic of the 1930s and the sexy rot of Hamburg's Reperbahn with the familiar aromas associated with  'ons eie' Voortrekker-camps and braaivleis-orgies.

"Uys dons eyelashes, and presidents listen." - Los Angeles Times



Book for BAMBI IN KABARET by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 4th Aug 8:30pm R120 (R100 online): Hurry! Only 1 ticket left! Fri 5th Aug 8:30pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 6th Aug 8:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Pieter Dirk Uys
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"The packed auditorium rose as one with a 'Bravo Pieter!' and the standingovation was thunderous. An artist who can still cause a major traffic jam outside the theatre!" - Laetitia Pople (DIE BURGER 9 July 2015)

Pieter-Dirk Uys presented the world premiere of his new memoir 'The Echo of a Noise' at the National Arts Festival in 2015. Having performed alone on the stages of the world for well over seven thousand times, he has learnt that every show is the first and the last performance - because each audience demands and gets a different energy, topicality and excitement. He will present, for the first time in Johannesburg, his latest work at the PopArt Theatre on 6 and 7 August at 15h30.

Pieter-Dirk Uys doesn't glance back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously have pointed him in a right and original direction - from his father Hannes Uys, his mother Helga Bassel, his grandmothers, his teachers, his passions; Sophia Loren, censorship, false eyelashes and making a noise when everyone demanded silence. 

In 'The Echo of a Noise', South Africa's foremost satirist sits on a barstool, opens his heart and talks about his private and public life leading the audience into his inner- sanctuary with stories that can evoke surprise, laughter and tears.

"He remains a master storyteller." - Die Burger



Book for THE ECHO OF A NOISE: A one man memoir by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 6th Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 7th Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online): Hurry! Only 30 tickets left!

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Sibikwa Arts
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** STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD WINNER: NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2016

Chapter 2 Section 9, refers to that section of our constitution guaranteeing the right to gender equality and sexual orientation. Phyllis Klotz, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, has always been at the forefront of highlighting woman’s issues through performance. She enters into a meaningful engagement with the phenomenon of sexual violence against gender-non-conforming women in South Africa. The inclusion of the equality act in the Constitution was globally seen as a victory for the LGBTIQ people, despite these progressive laws they are still unfairly discriminated against,  too often manifesting itself in the form of violent crimes including rape and murder. Chapter 2 Section 9 is based on interviews with more than forty lesbian women, their families, perpetrators and police officers in order to get their view and understanding of hate-crime. The characters’ text is taken integrally from the interview transcripts.

These personal stories sometimes funny, sometimes sad,  are interwoven with  music and  spoken word, bring a clear message that LGBTIQ persons are vulnerable to violence and discrimination contrary to the values of our constitution.

The Chapter 2 Section 9 cast consists of four young female actresses, two of whom trained at Sibikwa, accompanied by a young musician who composed original music for this play.

(3) THE STATE MAY NOT UNFAIRLY DISCRIMINATE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AGAINST ANYONE ON ONE OR MORE GROUNDS, INCLUDING RACE, GENDER, SEX, PREGNANCY, MARITAL STATUS, ETHNIC OR SOCIAL ORIGIN, COLOUR, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AGE, DISABILITY, RELIGION, CONSCIENCE, BELIEF, CULTURE, LANGUAGE AND BIRTH.
(4) NO PERSON MAY UNFAIRLY DISCRIMINATE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AGAINST ANYONE ON ONE OR MORE GROUNDS IN TERMS OF SUBSECTION (3). NATIONAL LEGISLATION MUST BE ENACTED TO PREVENT OR PROHIBIT UNFAIR DISCRIMINATION.



Book for Chapter 2 : Section 9 by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 11th Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 12th Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 13th Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 14th Aug 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Ashleigh Harvey & Janna Ramos-Violante Directed by Fiona Ramsay written by Vivienne Franzmann
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 Pink loves Rolly. Rolly loves Pink. And Pink loves getting bombed off her face.

Sisters from the same nest. Both trapped in a tiny rotting world. Both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them.

One wants out. The other needs her in.

Trouble is that when you complete each other, you're nothing on your own.

Starring two of South Africa's exciting talents, Ashleigh Harvey and Janna Ramos-Violante, directed by the accalimed actress and director Fiona Ramsay, this is a theatrical experience not to be missed.



Book for Vivienne Franzmann's "PESTS" by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 18th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 19th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 20th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 21st Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Comedy, Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Racheal Neary & Hayleigh Evans. Directed by Orly Shapiro. Written by Gwydion Beynon
Warning: 16+ (mature content)
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POPArt Productions proudly presents
from the writer of The Epicene Butcher & El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi
UNFAIR LADY 
12 hysterical new stories in a hilarious and sometimes scathing attack on the women's magazine industry with all it's fallacies, inconsistencies and general nonsense.  
*** NEW SKETCHES ADDED***

"Cringingly good. Painfully funny... a bad-ass send up of women's magazines" - Lauren Beukes

"This stunning little number from POPArt trawls the very fertile grounds of women’s magazines to create a riotous show that had me wincing and laughing hysterically from the Ed’s Letter to the Last Word. Hayleigh Evans and Rachael Neary are excellent in this rapid-fire satire"-  Siobahn Cassidy

"Overall, the piece does not fail to entertain. And considering that this particular audience was comprised of locals, foreigners, theatre practitioners, and even the odd drunk—all of whom were in equal fits of laughter throughout—it’s safe to say that ‘Unfair Lady’ casts a wide, relatable net with its content, neatly packaged in a timely and ever relevant production" - Dave Mann, Artslink 




Book for UNFAIR LADY by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 25th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 26th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 27th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 28th Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Musical Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Godfrey Johnson & Guests
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The Sunday Soirees at POPArt will be an all new monthly gig - happening on the last Sunday of every month. A ‘champagne -brunch’ style soiree, the shows will be a relaxed celebration of fantastic musical icons throughout the ages. Performed by Godfrey Johnson & guests 


28 August - GODFREY JOHNSON IN CABARET
A morning of intimate cabaret with songs ranging from Kurt Weill to The Decembrists. 
Come and enjoy a good laugh and some foot stomping fun.



Book for SUNDAY SOIREES WITH GODFREY JOHNSON & GUESTS by clicking this button:
Sun 28th Aug 12pm R80

Spoken Word • Running Time: 60 mins
Caroline Rothstein
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Limmud South Africa in association with POPArt present: Caroline Rothstein LIVE

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer and performer. 

She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, and performance venues worldwide for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, Narratively, The Forward, Williams Magazine, and elsewhere. She sits as President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Mental Fitness, Inc, and is a youth Mentor at Urban Word NYC. 

She has a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

*This performance is part of the POPArt annual Women's month in August



Book for CAROLINE ROTHSTEIN LIVE by clicking this button:
Mon 29th Aug 8pm R130 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 80 mins
Written by Tertius Kapp & Jemma Kahn Directed by Jane Taylor Performed & Illustrated by Jemma Kahn Sound Design by Charl Johan Lingenfelder Lighting Design by Themba Stewart Produced by POPArt Productions in association with the National Arts Festival & The Arts and Culture Trust & Nedbank Arts Affinity
Warning: 16 + content
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Jemma Khan brings us the final instalment of her bewitching kamishibai series. What could follow on The Epicene Butcher and We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants? An epic journey into the mouth of the wolf – a voyage of self-discovery, sexy Catholics and octopus biltong, spanning three continents. 

In bocca al lupo premiered at the National Arts Festival 2016. 

"Jemma Kahn, directed by Jane Taylor, outshines herself in this triumphant last instalment of the Kamishibai trilogy" - Sarah Roberson, The Critter

"The play has its sad moments (whose life doesn’t?), but mostly this beautifully illustrated tale has us laughing our way around the world. Her use of Kamishibai, a form of Japanese street theatre where a sequence of images are displayed in a frame to help tell stories, is as slick as it is visually pleasing" - Siobahn Cassidy, The Citizen

Produced by : POPArt Productions, in association with the National Arts Festival & The Arts and Culture Trust & Nedbank Arts Affinity
Directed by : Jane Taylor 
Written by : Jemma Kahn & Tertius Kapp 
Performed by : Jemma Kahn 
Sound Design by : Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Costume Design by : Ella Butler (Superella) 
Lighting design by : Themb Stewart
Kamishibai, translated as ‘paper drama’ is an ancient Japanese form of street theatre. A method used for centuries by monks and itinerant storytellers traveling from village to village to tell morality tales to a largely illiterate audience, kamishibai is simplicity itself. Illustrated panels are revealed one at a time from a wooden box, accompanied by narration. Using simple but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Grahamstown to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on this 12th century art form. The effect is like watching a sort of live Manga cartoon, her sheer verve in combination with all the elements at play creates an utterly original and sometimes bizarre theatre experience, a joyous tribute to visual and verbal storytelling.

In collaboration with some of South Africa’s most dynamic young writers and illustrators,
Kahn has carved a niche for herself on the international fringe circuit, telling tales that are firmly for adults and run the gamut from the silly to the sublime. From pornography to epic poetry. From cannibalism to cat dreams.



Book for In bocca al lupo by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 8th Sep 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 9th Sep 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 10th Sep 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 11th Sep 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)