UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Geraldine Naidoo. Performed by Matthew Ribnick
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THE CHILLI BOY is a theatrical phenomenon that has had South African audiences flocking to theatres for many years. Writer, Geraldine Naidoo, cleverly created a hilarious play that tackles issues of cultural identity, racial difference and masculinity in an extraordinary and highly entertaining way. After numerous sell-out seasons in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as well as a season on London’s West End, THE CHILLI BOY is considered by many people to be one of the best theatrical productions in the world today.


THE CHILLI BOY is the hysterical story of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg.  At the age of 40, the gangster starts suffering flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman. He starts wearing a sari while cooking all sorts of delicious Indian meals including curries and biryanis. He no longer wants to fight or brawl as his newly discovered maternal instincts start determining his behaviour. His tough reputation is threatened by the resultant turmoil.


While Naidoo's conception, writing and direction have been lauded as ground-breaking and brilliant, it is the masterful performance of multi-award winning actor Matthew Ribnick that has had audiences gasping for breath. In just over an hour, Ribnick skillfully snaps back and forth between characters ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre. Bouts of raucous laughter are punctuated with poignant moments of absolute sincerity as the audience comes to grips with a remarkable story told by a versatile performer with a few hats.


What the media have to say about The Chilli Boy


"A finely crafted and remarkable piece of theatre"

- Peter Machen, the Independent on Saturday


"Matthew Ribnick is mind-blowing on stage." - Debashnie Thangevelo, Daily News


"Matthew Ribnick has the rare gift to capture an audience's attention and hold it"

- Glen Hollands, Daily Dispatch


"… you will be rolling in the aisles with Ribnick's accents and face contortions.  The Chilli Boy is one hot show" - Charles De Olim, The Star


"Comedy at it's best … storytelling at it's very best" - Christina Kennedy, The Citizen


"So skilled is Ribnick at switching roles that when he flips into another character, the previous one remains in our minds like a faint imprint on stage"

- Helen Walne, Daily News


"A phenomenal performance.  An extremely talented Matthew Ribnick creates hilarious and memorable characters.  Don't miss it!" - Cue, National Arts Festival


"This is just too good to miss." - Brigid Keely, The Independent on Saturday


"The taut script flits between the poetic and the colloquial, with the monologues perfectly pitched and minutely observed" - Ruth Ellison, The Mercury


"… unequivocally brilliant" - Robyn Sassen, Jewish Report


"The Chilli Boy is 'n kragtoer wat opnuut die trefkrag van die solostuk met trots uitlig"

- Kobus Burger, Beeld






Book for THE CHILLI BOY by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 26th Apr 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 27th Apr 8pm R140 (R120 online): Hurry! Only 4 tickets left! Sun 28th Apr 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Ncumisa Ndimeni | Directed by Khutjo Green | Performed by The Market Theatre Lab
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Q : Do you want your child to have the best education and a bright future? 

A : Take them to a model C school

Q : Want your child to develop an identity crisis and carry the eternal judgement of their people? 

A : Take them to a model C school

How to Crack a Coconut explores the experience, judgement and shame of being  "English through the nostrils" speaking, suburban dwelling, model C school educated - all the while having the nerve to be Zulu, South African and black. And the consequences of daring to exist. 

Written by Ncumisa Ndimeni and directed by Khutjo Green. Starring the talents of the Market Theatre Lab. 

*** This show is presented in partnership with POPArt and The Market Theatre Lab. The exciting partnership, which is now in its 5th year, trains Market Lab students in producing and developing professional productions to take on tour. We acknowledge and thank our local accommodation partner : Curiocity Backpackers in Maboneng.  





Book for How to Crack a Coconut by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 2nd May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 3rd May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 4th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 5th May 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Director: Maude Sandham Choreographer: Daniel Buckland Assistant Director: Happy Simelane Created: In collaboration with the cast
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When home comes knocking with death in its hands, you are left with no other option but to Go!

Go! Is a dynamic physical ensemble work that takes us on an unrelenting wave of migration, as seven people are forced to leave their homes in a bid to survive. Along the way they find out who they are, the gravity of what they have left behind and who they now have to become in the hope that in crossing a merciless sea, life will be better.

Come and Go! See the expedition of individuals, whose humanity often remains invisible behind the term refugee.

Director: Maude Sandham
Choreographer: Daniel Buckland
Assistant Director: Happy Simelane
Created: In collaboration with the cast

*** This show is presented in partnership with POPArt and The Market Theatre Lab. The exciting partnership, which is now in its 5th year, trains Market Lab students in producing and developing professional productions to take on tour. We acknowledge and thank our local accommodation partner : Curiocity Backpackers in Maboneng.





Book for GO! by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 9th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 10th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 11th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 12th May 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Princess Mhlongo Performed by Tshegofatso "chillies" Masekwameng Beatbox by Simphiwe Bonongo
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In the streets of Jozi there is always a Ju-lius, a boy with few words or non at all.

A boy you may not see or even hear. Even though the odds may be against him he is not a victim. In Jozi the streets are cold and dark with very few birds tweeting. When no words are spoken what do we hear and see. A magical comedy about a boy hustling and busking in the streets of Jozi.

Featuring emerging talent Tshegofatso "chillies" Masekwameng and the amazing Simphiwe Bonongo on Beatbox.





Book for Ju-Lius by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 16th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 17th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 18th May 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 19th May 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 70 mins
Kate Pinchuck & Lindy Johnson
Warning: 16 +
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Frizz Pop is a comedy duo made up of Kate Pinchuck and Lindy Johnson, two rising stars of the South African comedy industry. Their fresh and funny take on millennial living will have you laughing your literal tits off  and offering to pay their rent.


After running a successful women-only line up show at the Raptor Room in Cape Town, Lindy and Kate have moved to the big bad city of Joburg and banded together to create a unique two-person stand-up comedy show. Listen to them riff on the trials and complexities of being two twenty-something women trying to navigate their way through a confusing and expensive world.

Lindy started off her promising career by winning the Savanna Show Us Your Apples Comedy Showdown in 2017 and in 2018 was one of the featured comedians on Trevor Noah’s Nationwild for Showmax and Mnet. She has been featured as a performer at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival and Kings and Queens Comedy.


Kate is an actor and comedian. She recently taped two stand-up specials for DSTV Box Offcie and Showmax, Laugh at First Sight and Funny People Africa. In 2018, she returned from the National Arts Festival a double-Ovation award winner, for her one-woman show Medusa Incarnate and her role in the dystopian sci-fi Gaslight.

Frizz Pop was performed at the Baxter Theatre as part of the inaugural Mother City Comedy Festival. The show at POPArt will be their Johannesburg debut.






Book for Frizz POP at POArt by clicking this button:
Sun 19th May 8pm R100