Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Adapted & Directed by: Phala O. Phala Original Design by: Liesel N. Retief Cast: Tony Bonani Miyambo
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Following, and ahead of, a tour that has seen this piece performed all over the world for the past 4 years, POPArt is thrilled to host this piece back on our stage for a 2 night only run this January. 

Adapted & Directed by: Phala O. Phala 
Original Design by: Liesel N. Retief 
Cast: Tony Bonani Miyambo 

Kafka’s Ape is a solo performance adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘A Report To An Academy’ about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play engages in an allegorical observation of the South African society through the eyes of other; the ape Red Peter. 

Kafka’s Ape present a conflicting point of view in which traditional boundaries, categories, and norms are questioned; in which beauty, harmony, and symmetry are usurped by cruelty, dissonance, and abnormality. It opens up the reality that there exists something outside of and in addition to our “normal,” “typical,” “wholesome” world, and that is “other”. The play thus compels audiences to identify and to meditate on their rejoinder to other(ness)as it highlights the complexities of identity in post-apartheid South Africa and in the human race in general.

“Minimalist décor, subtle music, lights and brilliant acting succeed in enthralling the audience with questions about the human condition, external realities, conformity and freedom. It’s personal, tragic, funny and gooseflesh-inducing.” - Martin Laubscher, Cue Newspaper.

“…the play comprises poignant truisms about identity and the danger of shallowly judging others.” - Robyn Sassen. 

“I hazard that Kafka’s Ape is both ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, a happy middle ground filled with beautiful unhappiness. You can’t but feel like an insider, partly the crisp clear narrative, partly because you’re inside, but detailed energetic genius & superhuman physicality pulled this one off.” - Christopher Steenkamp

Book for Kafka's Ape by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 22nd Jan 8pm R120: Hurry! Only 15 tickets left! Tue 23rd Jan 8pm R120: Hurry! Only 26 tickets left!

Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Direction and choreography by Star Tlali | Performed by Gugu Dhlamini, Hannah van Tonder & Mlindeli Zondi
Warning: +16 Mature Content (N)
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A triptych of Black stories, by Black bodies, for all bodies. The BLACK Series features three physical theatre solos exploring the experiences of the Black body throughout history and the modern day. 

Black-Stallation scrutinizes the Black body as spectacle. This solo draws on historical examples of the exoticized (and silenced) Black body from human zoos to Negro villages. And what would happen if the Black voice was heard.

Race (Delayed) highlights the grand narratives of the Black experience and questions when healing really begins when Black people are constantly fighting against a system that prevents them from fully embracing who they are?

Inspired Frantz Fanon’s text, Black Skin, White Mask focuses on the BLACK body throughout history, in a world which predominantly favored the White body.

Book for The BLACK Series by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 25th Jan 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 26th Jan 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 27th Jan 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 28th Jan 3:30pm R120 (R100 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 28th Jan 8pm R50 Sun 4th Feb 8pm R50 Sun 11th Feb 8pm R50 Sun 18th Feb 8pm R50 Sun 25th Feb 8pm R50

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Kgosana Thekwane | Directed by Seiphemo Motswiri | Performed by Sello Maepa and Xolani Dlamini
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Two men travel to the Holy Mountain and their adventure quickly becomes filled with horror and hardships. The play puts faith, friendship, tolerance and humanity to test. 

Book for A Gift from God by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 1st Feb 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 2nd Feb 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 3rd Feb 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 4th Feb 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Workshops • Running Time: 300 mins
Ismail Mahomed
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POPArt Performing Arts Centre is proud to present our first administrative workshop for the year- Funding : a bifocal look with Ismail Mahomed.

The workshop will focus on the basics of funding proposals looking at it through the eyes of the applicant and the funder.

Market Theatre CEO and former artistic director of The National Arts Festival, Ismail Mahomed has had decades of experience in applying for funding and receiving funding applications.

The following will be covered in the 4 hour workshop:

* The difference between funding grants, foundation grants and sponsorship of the arts
* Basic principles when writing up funding / partnership proposals
* Networking as key tool for effective partnerships --- how to move to the inner-circle.
* Cultural diplomacy : a tool for international collaboration.

Sat, 3 Feb at POPArt
10am - 3pm
Cost : R 50
Bookings : www.popartcentre.co.za

*POPArt performing arts centre is part of POPArt, and aims to create spaces for learning, growing, practise and conversation that will strengthen the performing arts industry. By focusing on skills development (from core acting training and discipline to administration) and maintenance for performing arts practitioners and by providing a space to network and converse, we believe that we can build on an already thriving industry at a professional level.

POPArt performing arts centre also offers beginners and introductory workshops as well as opportunities for children. The centre also provides corporate workshops using core acting training for communication, problem solving and team building.

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Sat 3rd Feb 10am R50: Hurry! Only 4 tickets left!

Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Director: Brett de Groot | Featuring: Megan van Wyk | Musical Director: Daniel Geddes
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In her first professional solo cabaret venture, actor-singer Megan van Wyk (Simply Broadway, Shrek Jr the Musical) dedicates a night of music and storytelling to some feel-good material ranging from well-known jazz standards to some of Broadway's best-loved tunes and even a sprinkling of re-imagined modern pop songs. The charming Daniel Geddes (A Handful of Keys, Black) joins van Wyk on accompaniment. 

With an evening crammed full of music sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face, Sing Happy is guaranteed to have audiences ROFL'ing and send them home full of warm fuzzy feelings. 

Book for Sing Happy by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 8th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 9th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 10th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 11th Feb 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Written by Ameera Patel | Directed by Frances Slabolepszy | Performed by Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva
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After a successful run in 2017 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, Whistle Stop is back on the POPArt stage this Valentine's weekend!

Winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award, this is a love story like no other. A man, a woman, a bench and all the hidden thoughts that we think and never allow ourselves to say... If you have ever fallen in or out or around love, this absurd two-hander that travels beyond the present moment, is for you.

Whistle Stop is a precious and delightful thing and I urge you to make it your Whistle Stop…it is an hour of pure theatrical magic” (Weekend Special, 2016). 

What the media said about Whistle Stop:

“Witty and goofy …” is how broadway.com put it, while Cue described the production best by saying, Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, and in so doing, expose the ridiculous contrast between words thought and words uttered.  Hilarious, fumbling internal monologues will bring joy to the most hardened heart. Fabulous script, outstanding performance!” The Critter declared Whistle Stop as a “fantastic, insightful piece of theatre.”

“Love features again in Whistle Stop with real life couple Jaques de Silva and Ameera Patel in a brilliant new play about the fear/excitement/uncertainty of meeting someone new. Written by Ameera Patel, this poignant, funny, highly physical play is sure to strike a chord with audiences," is how Inner City Gazette summed it up.

About the Creative Team:

Under the meticulous direction of Frances Slabolepszy, the award-winning duo and real-life couple Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva, are doing a local tour of the critically acclaimed two hander, Whistle Stop in 2018. 

Whistle Stop is a bold work written by playwright, storyteller and actress, Ameera Patel who penned the play after completing her Masters in Creative Writing with a distinction at Wits University. Ameera was also featured as one of The Mail & Guardian’s 2016 Top 200 Young South Africans.

Ameera’s theatre highlights include performing as Vicky in the premier of Athol Fugard’s Victory, directed by Lara Foot; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet directed by Clare Stopfor; Ophelia in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Ismene in Greg Homann’s Oedipus @ Koo-Nu and Sawda in Scorched, directed by Jade Bowers in which she won a Naledi Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also been seen on television, in shows such as Hard Copy, Binnelanders, Sokhulu and Partners 2, Remix, Mzansi Love 3, and as Dr Chetty on Generations and will soon be seen on the new sitcom, Soap on a Rope. 

Jaques de Silva has worked on various productions including Chekhov’s Grief, directed by Lionel Newton; Lake directed by Daniel Buckland and Jenine Collocott-Warren’s 2016 Naledi award-winning play for best children’s production Making Mandela. He was also part of the team that received the Naledi Cutting-Edge Award and the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award for The Butcher Brothers, directed by Sylvaine Strike. Jaques has also performed in Sunnyboy Motau’s In My End Is My Beginning at the Market Theatre, Standard Bank Young Artist Award- winning Jade Bower’s Scorched and Gopala Davies’ Les Cenci. Jaques’ film and television credits include His Majesties Building, Silly Seasons, High Rollers and Kalushi, the Solomon Mahlangu story.

Dark Laugh Theatre Company
Dark Laugh Theatre Company was established by Daniel Buckland and Mongi Mthombeni and has become an umbrella for a collective of artists to create innovative and pioneering theatre. The company places a core emphasis on creating cutting-edge works that expresses and reflects the questions and perspectives of young South African citizens and creatives. At the centre of the works that are produced and created we use humour to explore the ‘dark laugh’ that allows audiences to be moved into confronting the darker aspects of being. Previous Dark Laugh productions have won several awards: The Naledi Award for Best Cutting Edge production, The Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award and The Out The Box Festival Special Mention.

Hijinks Theatre 
Hijinks Theatre, established in 2015 by Kirsten Harris is a collaborative South African based production company. The company endeavors to collaboratively produce theatre that stimulates and develops South African audiences, which in turn contributes to a dynamic, vibrant and sustainable South African cultural economy. 

Book for Whistle Stop by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Wed 14th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Thu 15th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 16th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 17th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 18th Feb 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Stand-up Comedy • Running Time: 90 mins
Hosted by Thulani Ntlabati | Featuring Siya Seya & Mbulelo "Mbu" Manylaughs
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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What happens when you put two masters of their craft under the same roof? Come witness the two Kings of Eastern Cape Comedy, Siya Seya and Mbulelo "Mbu" Manylaughs, to see what happens. This night of rib cracking laughter and political incorrectness will be hosted by Thulani Ntlabati (The half in TWO AND A HALF KINGS).

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Tue 20th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Director: Gopala Davies Choreographer and Artist: Ignatius van Heerden | Company: Leftfoot Productions
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Fresh from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival having won a 2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award in excellence, and the SATMag Award for Best Cutting Edge Production 2017, Leftfoot productions offers NIJINSKY’S WAR. 

Through adapting The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (1953), NIJINSKY'S WAR offers a subjective view into Nijinsky's life and his ongoing struggle with mental illness, through a combination of theatre, film and dance. 

Nijinsky, who is cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century, was celebrated for his virtuosity and depth of characterizations. Tragically he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to various asylums for the last 30 years of his life. The production reimagines Nijinsky after he has been committed to a mental asylum. In this state of limbo, Nijinsky re-lives his best moments in dance, from L'après-midi d'un faune (1912) to the controversial Jeux (1913), and finally the sacrificial ritual Le Sacre du Printemps (1913). NIJINSKY'S WAR parallels Nijinsky and Ignatius Van Heerden’s life; growing up as a farm boy in South Africa, and his journey becoming a dancer and choreographer.

Photographs by Suzy Bernstein

Check out NIJINSKY'S WAR on youtube.

Book for NIJINSKY’S WAR by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 22nd Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 23rd Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 24th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 25th Feb 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)