Comedy • Running Time: 120 mins
SA's Top comedians

#theboxcomedy is a weekly stand up comedy gig hosted at the POPArt Theatre EVERY Sunday evening… Hosted in very proud partnership with our friends at Goliath&Goliath – the Box gives you the chance to catch some of the biggest names in SA comedy for the price of R50!

Check our social media for this week's line up. 

Book for THE BOX COMEDY by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sun 15th Jul 8pm R50 Sun 22nd Jul 8pm R50 Sun 29th Jul 8pm R50

Music / Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Farryl Roth
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Farryl Roth presents The World Show. This self reflective one man show explores Farryl’s world through his music and uniquely witty storytelling. 

Come and experience an evening of original acoustic songs and tales that are both deep, deeply funky and deeply funny !

What the critics are saying :

“ Wear proper shoes “ Farryl’s podiatrist 
“ Don’t slouch “ Farryl’s 3rd grade piano teacher. 

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Thu 19th Jul 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre | Poetry • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Billy Langa Directed By Mahlatsi Mokgonyana Music by John Withers
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Standard Bank Ovation Award and Cape Town Fringe Fresh Award WINNER! is back for a celebratory pop up performance! 

"This is what theatre should, and can be."- Weekend Special.

"Mystical made manifest "-The Critter

"World-Class performance..."- theatre sceneCT 

"Tswalo is intelligent theatre"-artscomments

"A must see"-Cue

Tswalo is a body of poems constructed to fragment a narrative that is carried in both physicality and Voice. It is placed in a timeless space of existence, which explores the primary themes of being, chaos and beauty, blood and birth, love and war in the same frame.  

Written and Performed by Billy Langa with Direction and Lighting design by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana in collaboration with Composer and Sound Designer John Withers.

R100( Door) 

Tswalo is a collaboration between Johannesburg Theatre Making Duo Billy Langa (Writer and Performer) and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (Director and lighting designer) and Cape Town Based Sound Designer and Musician John Withers who created the original score and soundscapes for the show. 

Book for Tswalo: A special celebratory pop up! by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 21st Jul 8pm R100 (R90 online) Sun 22nd Jul 3:30pm R100 (R90 online)

A Games show meets Sketch format • Running Time: 80 mins
Hosted by Jefferson Tshabalala aka J.Bobs | Special guests every month | Presented by Kiri Pink Nob and POPArt Productions
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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Eita holla!
Lovers of game shows, quiz shows, talk shows and current affairs- this one is for you! It’s the freshest, coolest live uniquely Mzansi game show double bill and we bringing it to you once a month at the POPART theatre.
Back from National Arts Festival with the GOLD ovation award in hand... Join us for this month's very special edition of JBOBS LIVE on 24 & 25 July!

THIS EDITION'S THEME IS LOVE(IN) THE ARTS with couples who work together artistically going head to head for the points!


Don’t miss the opportunity to be mesmerized by madness and swept off your feet by your own knowledge.
Come catch it on the 5th of June, just before JBOBS hits the stages in Grahamstown for the NAF.

***Nominated for Freshest show, Fresh performer and Fresh creative at this year's Cape Town Fringe. 

The Game Show Double Bill features two different styles of game show formats pitched at a same same but different audiences, separated by a short interval. Created and hosted by venerated writer, director and performer, J.Bobs Tshabalala the two game shows presented are “OFF THE RECORD” and “Location | Lekeyshini | Lokasie”. Together they have audiences banging down the door to attend, participate and let their inner competitor revel in a mash up of theatre, improv, sketch and game show all very cleverly compiled by the show’s writers to offer insight into uniquely South African realities. 


The Game Show Double Bill concept has been refined during a long national tour to several spaces around the country and will continue to perform in spaces to entertain, educate and grow it’s audiences. POPArt hosted J.Bobs and the Kiri Pink Knob team for the first time in May this year, and it was unanimously decided that a long term collaboration is in order. “OFF THE RECORD”  is a panel, game and quiz show hybrid that features two celebrity competitors representing their teams in the audience. A show that banters about with humour and controversy, much like a QI, task master J.Bobs is looking for the answers that ain’t obviaas. “Location | Lekeyshini | Lokasie” features team captains, points, drama, suspense and some amazing physical challenges from the special guests. It’s a sketch and skit show with a variety of vignettes that examine, celebrate, critique and reflect poignantly on the vast lived experiences of many in the South African Townships: a show that looks like, sounds like and operates like the lokishi. All in all, an evening of excellent entertainment. 

“Here, the overt flamboyance of the township, meets the subdued vileness of suburbia, and the blend is as beautiful as it is intriguing. A romantic blend of palates that are very seldom paired emerges. The taste makes for quite the evening of riotous entertainment”, says creator and host J.Bobs Tshabalala. “One is the quintessential township jousting tournament, a battle of urban suave and kasi finesse (LLL).  The other locates its crux in the holds of reserved suburbia being unleashed, a battle of quant decorum and sharp wits (OTR). Combined, these shows give to the audience a fuller experiential scope of the larger South African narrative”. 

This is what makes the show a perfect fit at POPArt. “With a constant focus on. developing a broad audience base, as well using arts and culture as a vehicle for sharing South African experiences, this double bill is something that fits perfectly within the frame  artistic direction, as well as appeals to our existing and desired audience”, says Hayleigh Evans of The POPArt Theatre. “ We believe that playing on a regular basis will grow the audience and maximize additional opportunities for the format. All in all, a perfect long term collaboration” 

About Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala

Jefferson Bobs Tshabalala is the founder and owner of the Johannesburg based live arts production house, Kiri Pink Nob Arts (Pty) Ltd. This company produces straight plays, sketch comedy shows, poetry in performance productions and slams, stand-up comedy shows, and variety bill performance events.  Recently, he has started producing game shows for the stage and screen. 

Tshabalala creates works across varied fields, ranging from Orthodox Drama to Hip Hop Theatre. He was nominated at the 2014 Naledi Theatre Awards for the Best Emerging Voice award, and in 2015 his production of Secret Ballot was nominated at the Naledi Awards for Best Ensemble production. In 2014, he also became a director in residency at the Market Theatre, to create a new play for the senior students at the Market Theatre Laboratory, for the Student Festival in Grahamstown, and for the Arts Alive festival in Johannesburg.  

As an independent theatre producer, Tshabalala has etched a unique niche for himself as both a professional director, and an experimental creative, striking a fine balance in order to cater for both an emerging, and an established market. His dexterity has also seen him work in various capacities, as a writer, director and also a performer. At Kiri Pink Nob, he is the Managing and Artistic Director. 

Book for J.BOBS LIVE - GAME SHOW : LOVE(IN) THE ARTS EDITION by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 24th Jul 8pm R100 (R80 online) Wed 25th Jul 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Music • Running Time: 90 mins
Vocalist Thulile Zama accompanied by Rebekah Doty on drums, David Smith on keys and Sibusiso Mkhonza on Bass Guitar.
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In association with POPArt Centre, iSupport Music Business presents A Tribute to Mama Africa by vocalist Thulile Zama at POPArt. 

Vocalist Thulile Zama will be accompanied by Rebekah Doty on drums, David Smith on keys and Sibusiso Mkhonza on Bass Guitar. 

Zama promises to bring the audience “Rhythmic grooves, beautiful lead vocals and basslines that make you move your feet. We have not brought this production to Johannesburg before, this makes us very excited, we are looking forward to a great show.”

Miriam Makeba’s career influenced Thulile Zama and her band members to such extend that they found it fitting to do a tribute in the honour of Mama Africa. Her and her band have chosen songs from different era of her illustrious career including favourites like Pata Pata and Click song, but also the ballads like Promise and the heart wrenching offerings that she penned when she was in exile are included in their set. Mama Africa was very much influential, musically as well as politically throughout the continent and this band feels this should be remembered and celebrated.

“Miriam Makeba's Music was beautiful when it was made, and it is beautiful today. The lyrical content and amazing arrangements influence me as a musician daily. Even in my own original material, I try and produce music that you will still be enjoying in 20 years from now. I feel as much as there are a lot of people who know and love  her music, there are also a lot of people who are only familiar with the songs that became famous like the Click song (Qongqothwane), Mbube and Pata Pata (which are on the repertoire) but, her music is rich and full of depth. She brought to life a lot of songs that I feel also deserve the “limelight” as much as the more famous ones.”  Says Zama

Makeba was a mother to many musicians and to non-musicians. She played a big role in the Apartheid time. She wrote and sang many struggle songs that sent a message abroad and within the country. Her songs addressed issues that South Africa was facing in those difficult times. Songs like in the jungle, Khawuleza and Ibhabhalazi just to name a few. The band has performed A Tribute to Mama Africa in theatres and live music venues across South Africa, namely in Pretoria, Hammarsdale, Kloof and Pietermaritzburg. 

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Sun 29th Jul 3:30pm R100

True Contemporary Storytelling • Running Time: 70 mins
Hosted by Lebogang Mogashoa
Warning: 16+ mature content
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Joburg's only real true life storytelling show... 

Where we share everything from the strange and embarrassing to the absolutely absurd. 

Less like a campfire and more like a dinner party... with a lot of wine, where the truth really flows... 

For this month's edition, we are doing another slam event!

Inspired by International Storytelling platform "The Moth"'s STORY SLAM format, we will be inviting you to our storytelling stage. It's open mic night for stories…Audiences are welcome to prepare a real, true story from their own experience (10min or less please), and may stand the chance of getting called up to tell it on the night… Otherwise, as an audience, you will have the chance to be exposed to a pot luck evening of brilliant true stories.


Come to tell or come to listen, but whatever you do, bring all your friends, and your full range of emotions!

The Storytellers Series aims to create a place for sharing New South African Stories, any stories. Each show is hosted by Lebogang Mogashoa (writer : The Queen & The River).

Lebo was born in 1985, in Johannesburg. He grew up in a small village, then a bigger one, followed by an all-boys Catholic boarding school and finally my big move into Cape Town where he completed a Film and Media undergrad degree. He then headed to Korea to teach English where he started his story telling series “When we were nearly Young”, which developed a cult following. He returned to Johannesburg in 2013, and has been presenting the same series in partnership with POPArt. He is currently writing for TV on hit shows "The Queen" and "The River". 

Book for SERURUBELE : Live to Tell : SLAM EDITION by clicking this button:
Tue 31st Jul 8pm R80

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by Melanin Juice
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Women seek healing in a village where lies the tree of life. Healing water to be consumed is believed to be stored there when it rains.Here, some of the elements women feel they need to fix about themselves are revealed.

The ladies are however met with an obstacle in how they will receive this healing as the village is facing a drought.

Book for PULA by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 2nd Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 3rd Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 4th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 5th Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Starring Christine van Hees , Yolanda Mogatusi, Campbell Jessica Meas and Monique Rockliffe. Directed by Loren Rae Nel
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Life four Rent tells the stories of four women dealing with the struggles of life through out the 70's, 80's, 90's and now.

Life four Rent tells the stories of four women dealing with the struggles of life through out the 70's, 80's, 90's and now.

Starring Christine van Hees , Yolanda Mogatusi, Campbell Jessica Meas and Monique Rockliffe. Directed by Loren Rae Nel

Book for Life Four Rent by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 16th Aug 8pm R100 Fri 17th Aug 8pm R100 Sat 18th Aug 8pm R100 Sun 19th Aug 3:30pm R100