UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Kgosana Thekwana | Performed by Mpho wa ha Tsekwa and Paseka Ramela
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"Telling Stories"

This play tells stories as seen through the eye of a man/woman in the street- who acknowledges the 'good, the bad, and ugly' of the pre and post apartheid South Africa. It is the the lamentation about the 'miscourage' of the 'better life for all' call of the now government amid wide scale corruption and maladministration.

The play challenges the audience to interrogate the dream we are sold of a free, just, and better society for all. 





Book for Telling Stories by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 24th Jan 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 25th Jan 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 26th Jan 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 27th Jan 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

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

#theboxcomedy is a monthly stand up comedy gig hosted at the POPArt Theatre on the last Sunday of every month.

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!

Always big names, always a party. Check our social media for this week's line up. 





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Sun 27th Jan 8pm R50

Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Starring Elzabe Zietzman Directed by André Odendaal Based on Marita van der Vyver's book. Adapted for the stage by Alexa Strachan
Warning: note : Afrikaans Language
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Dis Koue Kos, Skat tells the devastating, yet hilarious story of Clara Brand- a woman going through the dramatic phases of a divorce after her husband leaves her for her best friend.

Ons maak ons kennis met Clara Brand, korrespondent van faam. Sy skreeu om wraak, want haar man het haar gelos vir een van haar vriendinne!

Dis ’n vreeslose, soms skreeusnaakse ontboeseming. Dit skitter, ontplof, skok en verkwik en sal vroue én mans vermaak. Elzabé Zietsman – nie die kabaretster nie, maar die uitmuntende aktrise – is Clara. Verwerk deur Alexa Strachan en geregisseer deur André Odendaal. Moenie dit misloop nie.

Gebaseer op die boek van Marita van der Vyver.

R120 online. R 140 at the door.
Booking is advised.





Book for Dis Koue Kos, Skat by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 31st Jan 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 1st Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 2nd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 3rd Feb 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

A Games show meets Sketch format • Running Time: 120 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.

For the month of LOVE, we've got a love (in) the Arts special for you! 
Watch as couples in the arts battle it out for the top position... 

Let the games begin!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be mesmerized by madness and swept off your feet by your own knowledge.


***Nominated for Freshest show, Fresh performer and Fresh creative, Cape Town Fringe 2017.

***Winner of Standard Bank Ovation GOLD award at National Arts Festival 2018. 

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 Double Bill : Love in the Arts by clicking this button:
Sun 3rd Feb 8pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Created, written & performed by Kate Pinchuck Directed by Dara Beth Sound design by Joshua Biggs
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She’s a bad bitch with snakes for hair and a glance that turns men to stone, but literally only gets two lines in most mythology textbooks. Basically, her Wikipedia needs a serious update.

Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning Medusa Incarnate is a contemporary retelling of the Greek Medusa myth. Except, Medusa’s dead now and (spoiler alert!) so are you. Don’t panic - Medusa’s got you covered.

From her pink plastic paradise, she’ll guide you through Hades. Turns out the underworld is more of a party than anyone expected, and actually, hell is just never getting to take off your heels. But like, ever.

“An irreverent, bubbly and contemporary Medusa retells Greek mythology in a highly relatable, eccentric and humorous way. A fun quirky one-woman show” – Nita Coetzee (The Herald)

“Former Athenian priestess turned Gorgon, Medusa, tells her epic life story from her point of view in this witty, tongue-in-cheek tale from Greek mythology. Cleverly narrated and performed by writer and artist Kate Pinchuck, the story of the monstrous woman with venomous snakes for hair [...] has a few extra twists and turns” – Devon Koen (The Herald)

“Kate Pinchuck wowed, stunned, shocked and entertained in her one-woman show Medusa Incarnate. Pinchuck served us Medusa like we’ve never seen her before. She gave such a powerful performance that to say she was “charismatic” would be an understatement. [...] If you’ve ever wondered about Medusa or her story, or if you’re simply a lover of Greek mythology then this show is a definite must-see. And if you’re not one for the Greeks then see it anyway and you might just change your mind.” - Toby Ngomane (Cue Media)

Kate Pinchuck

Creator/Writer/Performer

Kate Pinchuck is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian. She has an Honours degree in Theatre and Performance Studies specialising in Acting, Contemporary Performance and Scriptwriting from Rhodes University (2015). Notable roles include Isabel in Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! at Artscape (directed by Roy Sargeant, 2017, 2018), Hortensio in the critically-acclaimed all-female The Taming of the Shrew at Maynardville (directed by Tara Notcutt, 2018) and SUSANN in the Ovation Award winning Gaslightat the National Arts Festival Fringe (directed by Laine Butler, 2018). Kate has been rising up in the comedy scene in Cape Town and Joburg. She recently taped a line-up comedy special for Mannequin Films, Laugh At First Sight, set to premiere on DSTV Box Office in early 2019.  She was featured in the 2017 Next Generation Showcase at Grand West, was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Savannah Show Us Your Apples competition and performed in the televised 2018 Comics Choice Awards Newcomer Showcase at the Soweto Theatre.



Dara Beth

Director

Dara Beth completed UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme in 2016 (for which she received the class medal for theatre-making, the Ruth Peffer’s Prize and distinctions in Drama). She is one half of the cabaret duo Plumsong, which she has been performing as since 2011 with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel. Since graduating, Dara has written and performed in Just a Song and a Dance with co-performer Sharyn at the Alexander Bar and National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and was nominated by Broadway World for “Best New Production”. In 2017, Dara also wrote, directed and produced Nasty Womxn, which played to sold-out houses at the Alexander Bar, and started 2018 by working on Tara Notcutt’s The Taming of the Shrew as Assistant Director. Dara was nominated for “Best New Director” at the 2018 Fleur du Cap Awards. In 2018, Dara – as one-third of The Furies, a womxn-centric artistic co-op – staged a new work, in conjunction with Ameera Conrad, Lolly at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees which was nominated for a Kanna in the category of “Best Uitkampteater”.



Joshua Biggs

Sound Designer

Joshua Biggs is a Cape Town based composer and sound artist, with recent electroacoustic and chamber work exploring the gestural and affective potential of found sounds. Josh holds a diploma in Chamber Music Performance from the Trio di Trieste Music Conservatory, (Italy, May 2012) and a Bachelors of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, (USA, May 2017), with works performed by the Formalist Quartet, the Oberlin Sinfonietta and the Oberlin Improvisation New Music Ensemble, among others. Currently, they are engaged in multiple collaborative projects with local visual, video, and new media artists, poets, playwrights and performers.





Book for Medusa Incarnate by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 7th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 8th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 9th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 10th Feb 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Claudine Ullman
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Artificially Infeminated is Claudine’s debut one woman stand up comedy show that explores the intricacies of being cis gender female, pale white, chubby Jewish and middle child in Jo’burg #millenialslovelabels.

Claudine explores everything from her childhood infatuation with Raphael (the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), to her current infatuation with her double chin. Other topics include thigh gaps, complaining and how watching The Secret repeatedly isn’t the secret to getting rich – which is the real secret – are you following? She discusses deep questions that explore the human condition like the battle between men and women and the battle between gym and tennis biscuits….

This show is a fresh, fun and surprising take on stand up comedy and will leave you thigh clapping for more. If you don’t like it, you can always ask to speak to the manager.





Book for Claudine Ullman : Artificially Infeminated by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 14th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 15th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 16th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Story by Bonginkosi Mashilo Music by Prince Shapiro
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Based on the Suicide note of a South African Gangster.

His note details his confessions of his deeds, falling in love with his victims and addresses social issues faced by many South Africans.

One night only. 





Book for Fifty Thousand Word's 'Confession' by clicking this button:
Tue 19th Feb 8pm R120

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Lillian Tshabalala, Kitty Moepang and MoMo Matsunyane
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Dating in the 21st century is so easy yet so hard. 


DICK OR DATE? is a dramatic comedy that takes you on a love journey with three close but very different friends: Nelly (a hopeless romantic and social media fanatic), Ashley (a privileged young lady who exclusively dates white men) and Maggie, real name, Magogodi (a sex obsessed serial dater who doesn’t believe in love).  


Where does a girl go to find her “Perfect man” in this instant world of hookups and how does one “put themselves out there” without looking too desperate? What would happen if women used all the platforms they had available to them today; to date as extensively as they wanted to without judgement? How does one find love organically in 2018 when it’s readily available online? 


These are some of the themes the play explores through the whirlwind that is making the choice whether to just dick or date.  





Book for DICK OR DATE? by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 21st Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 22nd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 23rd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 24th Feb 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Ashraf Johaardien | Performed by Ashalin Singh | Directed by Niquita Arendse | Mentored by Jade Bowers
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"Theatrical magic"

Cape Argus


"Ground-breaking theatre"

Cape Times


“There is an active intelligence in Johaardien's writing, and he has a sharp ear for the dialogue of the street. He neatly counterbalances the serious and the humorous”

iol.co.za


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NZLEE Productions presents Ashalin Singh in Ashraf Johaardien’s award-winning play SALAAM STORIES directed by newcomer Niquita Hartley under the mentorship of Standard Bank Young Artist alumna and Naledi Award-winner Jade Bowers.


Set against the historical backdrop of the Cape slave trade and the Malay diaspora in South Africa, Johaardien’s award-winning play has been performed in London, New York, Amsterdam and all over South Africa. 


According to Nigel Vermaas, “SALAAM STORIES is no religious tract; it’s a carefully constructed cultural entertainment. Although Johaardien is serious about Muslim issues, there are lots of laughs; most of them gentle … some treading into the territory of Kaapse vaudeville.”


Through artful storytelling, the playwright focuses themes of identity, history and group belonging through an intimately personal lens taking audiences on a journey across the Cape Flats to Robben Island – and then to and from Bombay – back in time, to the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese. Moving fluidly through multiple timeframes, a colourful community of characters is conjured to life from the recesses of memory, history and imagination.

SALAAM STORIES 2019 is presented with support from the National Arts Council of South Africa.


“There have been several incarnations of SALAAM STORIES internationally but it is significant that nobody else has ever been granted the rights to direct, produce or perform this particular version,” comments Standard Bank Award alumna Jade Bowers who previously directed the play. “That’s because the solo version of the play has, up to now, only really existed in relation to Ashraf’s own identity as a creative and cultural being.”


Ashalin Singh graduated from Wits University in 2011 as an actor, writer and director. He has performed in a number of stage and television productions, most notably, the dramatic series MISHIKA SHIKA, John Kani’s production of OTHELLO, Reza De Wet's DIEPE GROND and SCORCHED by Wajdi Mouhad.


Niquita Hartley made her debut as a performer at the age of 13 in THE GUITAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD by Themi Venturas. She also performed in the original production of SALAAM STORIES at Spier and in subsequent productions of the play at the Baxter Theatre and the University of the Western Cape and at the Cape Town Book Fair. The 2019 revival of the play marks her debut as a director.





Book for SALAAM STORIES by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 14th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 15th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 16th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 17th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)