UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Featuring: Zethu Dlomo, Lebo Motaung, Thulani Mtsweni The Bear directed by Benjamin Bell The Proposal Directed by Lebogang Mpahlele
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The classics The Proposal and The Bear two short one act plays by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov find themselves re-captured and redeployed by Johannesburg based adaptor Lebogang Mpahlele. 

Presented by the Drama for Life Creative Research Hub, these laugh a minute farces are duel cast and run as a double bill. With a stellar cast of Zethu Dlomo, Lebohang Motaung and up and coming powerhouse Thulani Mtsweni Johannesburg audiences are in for a treat.

In The Proposal, Chekhov  finds himself muddled up in domestic life Soweto-style. Jabulani Dlamini wishes to propose to his neighbour’s daughter in order to lead a proper and respectable life, despite his heart palpitations and his constant fainting. Trouble ensues when the would-be couple cannot agree on anything and father Bra-Sipho has to intervene.  

In The Bear, Nopilisi, a feisty widow spends her days in mourning crying for her long dead husband. Donning all the elegance and beauty of her black dress she stares out of the window in earnest, her beauty never far from her mind. Enter the whirlwind rage of Zilishumi, a would-be debt collector; he's come to call in her late husband's debt. As this duel of man vs woman escalates the production invites you to marvel in the ridiculousness of the human condition.





Book for The Proposal | The Bear by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 18th Nov 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 19th Nov 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

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 19th Nov 8pm R50 Sun 26th Nov 8pm R50 Sun 3rd Dec 8pm R50 Sun 10th Dec 8pm R50

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written & Directed by Penny Youngleson | Featuring: Rebecca Makin-Taylor and Michele Belknap
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Sillage is the disquieting story of three generations of South African women and how their matriarchy sustains them.

Described as the trail of scent left behind when a person walks past you – 'sillage' is a French word used in perfumery associated with olfactory memory. The play is about a relationship between a mother and daughter packing up their family home.
They bicker over what to keep and what to throw away; and arguments about the minutiae of their lives quickly turn to the flotsam and jetsam of their relationship, family, community - and South Africa as a whole.

Sillage is written and directed by Penelope Youngleson (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards 2014, 2015; Fleur du Cap award 2014, Fleur du Cap nominations 2016, 2017) and stars Michele Belknap and Rebecca Makin-Taylor. Sillage won the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award at the 2016 National Arts Festival: only the fifth gold to be awarded to a theatre production in the festival’s history – and the second to a female theatre maker. It was also nominated for Best New South African Script at the 2017 Fleur du Caps. 

For more about Sillage, see featurette on Theatre Talk here.

Penelope Youngleson:
Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist and educator working in Cape Town. 

She has won several awards with Philip Rademeyer and their company, Rust Co-Operative, and in her own capacity, including: the Best International Production at the Dublin Festival, Runner Up for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection at Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, three Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards, a Gold Standard Bank Ovation – and a Fleur du Cap award for Best New Director. Rademeyer and Youngleson were also nominated for a Best New South African Script Fleur du Cap in 2016. She was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best New South Africa Script ( Sillage ) in 2017. 

She has also just finished a stage adaptation of C.A. David’s novel Blacks of Cape Town , which will be directed by Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year winner, Jade Bowers, as part of the Arena platform at the 2017 National Arts Festival. She was also selected as one of the Next Generation delegates for the 2017 Assitej International Conference and is involved in a 4-continent production about protecting our water sources, First Nation knowledge commons and ancestral storytelling. 

Her particular interest is South Africa-specific stories and has written 9 scripts in the last 4 years – all original works, all about and for and in praise of people from her country. She is currently a Bertha Fellow at the UCT Graduate School of Business, pursuing an MPhil in Social Innovation. She was also named amongst the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People of 2016. 

Rebecca Makin-Taylor 
Rebecca Makin-Taylor graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance and a distinction in acting. Her theatre debut was in The Verbalists , written & directed by Louis Viljoen.

Expectant , a one woman show written and directed by Penny Youngleson, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2013 National Arts Festival, had a run at the AfroVibes festival in Amsterdam and The Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Last Rounds , a one woman show, written and directed by Tara Notcutt ran in both South Africa and Australia. In 2015 Rebecca worked with international artist, James Webb, as the voice artist in his sound installation This is my voice, but these are not my words . In 2016 she performed at The Fugard Theatre in the award play The Kingmakers , written and directed by Louis Viljoen – and in Sillage written and directed by Penny Youngleson. Rebecca's film credits include Dominion for Universal Cable and Saints and Strangers for Sony & National Geographic. She is a recipient of the Yvonne Banning Memorial Award for Voice. 

Michele Belknap 
Michele graduated from UCT Drama School in Cape Town, South Africa, in the 1970s; and then worked at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for some years before returning to the Western Cape and becoming involved in educational theatre programmes. She then worked in the field of corporate training, and subsequently ran an educational NGO for many years. She has remained active in both professional and amateur theatre as well as film work in Cape Town. Stage roles include the Woman in Laughing Wild , Barbara Phillips in The Shadrack Affair , Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan , Lady Macbeth in Macbeth , Violet Weston in August Osage County , Olive Madison in The Odd Couple-the female version and Mme Pinchard in An Absolute Turkey . 




Book for Sillage by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 21st Nov 8pm R120 (R100 online) Wed 22nd Nov 8pm R120 (R100 online) Thu 23rd Nov 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 24th Nov 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 25th Nov 3:30pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 25th Nov 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 26th Nov 12pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 26th Nov 3:30pm R120 (R100 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
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Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2018, Jemma Kahn brings us the final instalment of her bewitching kamishibai series for the last time ever in Joburg. 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. 

Using simple but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Alexander Bar to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on the 12th century Japanese art form 'kamishibai'. The effect is like watching a sort of live Manga cartoon, her sheer verve in combination with all the elements at play create an utterly original and sometimes bizarre theatre experience, a joyous tribute to visual and verbal storytelling.

In bocca al lupo premiered at the National Arts Festival 2016 | Produced by POPArt Productions and Jemma Kahn, in association with the National Arts Festival and Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity. 

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

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.

Jane Taylor:  writer, Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), writer Wild Dogs (winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize 2006), director After Cardenio (2011)

Tertius Kapp: theatre, Rooiland (Fleur Du Cap, Smeltkroes & Fiesta Awards 2013), Oorsee (Smeltkroes, 2014). Kapp won the Herzog Prize for theatrical work in 2015. His screen adaptation Dis ek, Anna won the SAFTA for best script in 2015 as well as the Silwerskerm for Best Picture.




Book for In bocca al lupo by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 29th Nov 8pm R150 Thu 30th Nov 8pm R150 Fri 1st Dec 8pm R150 Sat 2nd Dec 3:30pm R150 Sat 2nd Dec 8pm R150 Sun 3rd Dec 3:30pm R150

A Game, Meets Talk, 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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“POPArt Theatre and Kiri Pink Knob collaborate to bring the J.Bobs Live : A Game Show Double Bill to audiences monthly in Maboneng”

Lovers of game shows, quiz shows, talk shows and current affairs - this one is for you! It's the freshest live uniquely South African game show double bill and it comes to you once a month at the POPArt Theatre. 

ALL NEW EPISODES, ALL NEW GUESTS THIS MONTH!

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 - A GAME SHOW DOUBLE BILL by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 8th Dec 8pm R80 Sat 9th Dec 8pm R80 Sun 10th Dec 3:30pm R80

Theatre • Running Time: 90 mins
Written by Thabiso Rammala Directed by Thabiso Rammala and MoMo Matsunyane Performed by Paul Noko, Nono Dombo, Moruti Dlamini, Allen Cebekhulu, Khothatso Mogwera, James Mankgaba and Mosa Sephiri Choreography by Nhlanhla Mahlangu
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*Special Opening Night Event*

Join us for the Standard Bank GOLD ovation and Naledi Award-winning production of TAU and stay behind for a panel discussion with the writers and creators of the award-winning film, Inxeba (The Wound).

About Tau:

The play is set in the Free State where cultural norms and traditional practices still play an important  part in the community. Tau lives in a conflict of modern and traditional norms deeply rooted in African history and mythology. His father is a traditionalist and a community elder and his mother  a neo traditionalist with the ability to be swayed. Once confronted with this conflict, he embarks on a journey of discovering his manhood, himself and his Sesotho culture.

The story deals with sensitive cultural issues that have remained unchanged for centuries and are difficult to question. It also deals with the taboo issue of homosexuality in the midst of a sacred “manly” ceremony. The play does not wish to shun the cultural beliefs of its audiences, but wishes to ask people to look to themselves and whether they are abusing the power rooted in customs on the grounds of ignorance or as a calculated choice…LEROTHODI !!

Does culture protect one’s identity or does one’s identity protect culture? The story of a boy who is turning with time, like a wheel where change and time are the only constant variables. Tau goes through himself as he goes through the world, trying to understand the world, his world. Finding and losing himself in his friends, family and village. How can you be like others when you are so different that it scares you? What is it that really defines a man? 

About Inxeba:

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

The Wound premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and was the winner for Best Director and Best Actor at the Durban International Film Festival 2017. The film is South Africa's entry to the 2018 Academy Awards for best foreign film.

For more information about the film, visit their website.





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Thu 14th Dec 8pm R150

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Written by Thabiso Rammala | Directed by Thabiso Rammala and MoMo Matsunyane | Performed by Paul Noko, Nono Dombo, Moruti Dlamini, Allen Cebekhulu, Khothatso Mogwera, James Mankgaba and Mosa Sephiri Choreography by Nhlanhla Mahlangu
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Winner : Standard Bank GOLD ovation award, National Arts Festival, 2017
Winner : Best Ensemble & Best Choreography, Naledi Theatre Awards 2017 (nominated for best new South African Script, Best Director, Best Costume design)

The play is set in the Free State where cultural norms and traditional practices still play an important  part in the community. Tau lives in a conflict of modern and traditional norms deeply rooted in African history and mythology. His father is a traditionalist and a community elder and his mother  a neo traditionalist with the ability to be swayed. Once confronted with this conflict, he embarks on a journey of discovering his manhood, himself and his Sesotho culture.

The story deals with sensitive cultural issues that have remained unchanged for centuries and are difficult to question. It also deals with the taboo issue of homosexuality in the midst of a sacred “manly” ceremony. The play does not wish to shun the cultural beliefs of its audiences, but wishes to ask people to look to themselves and whether they are abusing the power rooted in customs on the grounds of ignorance or as a calculated choice…LEROTHODI!!

Does culture protect one’s identity or does one’s identity protect culture? The story of a boy who is turning with time, like a wheel where change and time are the only constant variables. Tau goes through himself as he goes through the world, trying to understand the world, his world. Finding and losing himself in his friends, family and village. How can you be like others when you are so different that it scares you? What is it that really defines a man? 





Book for TAU by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 15th Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 16th Dec 3:30pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 16th Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 17th Dec 3:30pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 17th Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online)