Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Kirsten Harris Adapted from Stephen Kotze’s original text Featuring: Jake Nathane and Lethabo Bereng Lighting design: Barry Strydom
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Born Naked will premiere in Johannesburg this September at POPArt. 

Fasten your wigs and lock up your partners… Blaq Widow is back from Makhanda and on the prowl… her venom is 15 times more powerful than that of the rattle snake. Brace yourselves for an unexpected visit from Blaq Widow’s long time friend, Queen Bling. 

Prepare to be assaulted by glitz, glamour, blinding colour and glitter. Get ready Jozi because we have lip synching, heel wielding, pageant prancing slay kweens on offer!

You won’t see her at Monte Casino Bird Park or Zoo Lake on a Sunday for that matter, but you’ll definitely find her rehearsing her new show Born Mapunapuna at PopArt from Thursday 20 September… Not even Emil can save this technical rehearsal. 

Read what the Critter had to say here: http://thecritter.co.za/born-naked/

A tribute to Thapelo Makhutle, you will always be remembered. 

Book for Born Naked by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 22nd Sep 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 23rd Sep 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 23rd Sep 8pm R50 Sun 30th Sep 8pm R50

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 

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 25th Sep 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Music : Isicathamiya • Running Time: 90 mins
Phuphuma Love Minus | Directed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu
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They have travelled the world with their incredible ensemble. now, for 4 shows only, catch Phuphuma Love Minus in concert with special guests during Heritage week at POPArt! 
Directed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu

Phuphuma Love Minus is a flamboyantly, afro centric music ensemble specialising in Isicathamiya music. Rooted to the Zulu history, culture tradition and values, yet responding to the influences of modernity in a big city.  

The group originates from the most rural South Africa, Kwa Ngabayela-Umsinga village in Kwazulu Natal. This powerful ensemble was formed in 2002 by the late Mr. Khetheyakhe Ngidi with an aim of teaching the important lessons of history; respect, self and social awareness, cultural identity and restoring and maintaining the legacy of South African oral history.  

The group started by performing in traditional events such as weddings, harvest celebrations, and many community gatherings in Umsinga Village. In 2003 members of Phuphuma Love Minus moved to Johannesburg and affiliated in the National Iphimbo Isicathamiya music organisation led by the late Mr. Simon Ngubane. Under this organisation Phuphuma Love Minus won over a number of provincial and National competitions against other Isicathamiya music groups. Within the same period PLM managed to make successful recordings of 2 albums entitled “Imfihlakalo yezulu” and “Yithi Ojikelele” In 2010 Phuphuma Love Minus got nominated in the National South African Traditional Music Awards.

In 2008 Phuphuma Love Minus collaborated with Robyn Orlin and met Nhlanhla Mahlangu who is now the current manager through the company Song and Dance Works. That has created a unique opportunity for the ensemble to take Isicathamiya music to International stages 
Since then Phuphuma Loveminus have become a frequent touring ensemble in many parts of Europe. France Belgium, Switzerland to name a few…..






Tickets are R 100 online and R 120 at the door. 
Booking highly advised.

Book for Phuphuma Love Minus in Concert by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 27th Sep 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 28th Sep 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 29th Sep 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 30th Sep 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
choreographer/Co-director : Teresa Phuti Mojela. Director: Shanell Winlock Pailman Performers :Gregory K. Mabusela ( Kekelingo) | Simphiwe Bonongo | Julia Burnham | Khutjo Green | Phindo Ngxanga | Teresa Phuti Mojela Music direction: Billy Langa
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Following a hugely successful opening performance at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, this production comes to POPArtby popular demand this October. 

This piece interrogates the idea of legacy. With performances by Teresa Phuti Mojela, Gregory K Mabusela, Julia Burnham, Khutjo Green, Simphiwe Bonongo and Phindo Ngxanga, these artists with no title help question what we choose to leave behind. 

The performance is a playful composition of dance, theatre, music and storytelling of the motivations behind our art making. Offering an honest, yet culturally stimulating performance, the piece questions what ordinary and extraordinary people may be remembered for. 

The collaborating artists celebrate the legacies that appear great, insignificant and everything in between. They are interested in people who live their legacies every day: rebuilding it, regarding and disregarding fears in search of self. For them, being artists with no title requires only lives fully lived. 

Tickets are R 120 online. R 140 at the door. 
Booking is advised.

Book for Artist with No Title by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 4th Oct 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 5th Oct 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 6th Oct 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 7th Oct 3:30pm: Sorry, sold out

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Starring Seiphemo Motswiri Written by Makhubalo Ikaneng
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“Be A Better Dog” tells a tale of Dog’s life while at the same time we get to see the world we live in through the eyes of a dog. The play uses humour and light commentary to speak to otherwise sensitive issues of class, care and abandonment as applied and taken up by the human being in an attempt to tackle life challenges.

This one man show raises questions, challenging humans to introspect offering commentary on social issues. As a dog he grapples with questions such as to what extent is he a happy animal, and to what extent is he a traumatized orphan of human caused condition? Is any of it his own making and what power did he as dog have to change the situation? These are poignant questions that are relevant to a human world that is at crossroads with questions of destructive violence, corruption, injustice, racial discrimination, lack of care to the planet in and its inhabitants in general. In life we strive to be better human beings, but what does it mean to be better? And what does it take to be better?

Catch “Be A Better Dog” at P.O.P Art Theatre from 8-9 October before going to the Unites Solo Theatre Festival in New York

Starring Seiphemo Motswiri
Written by Makhubalo Ikaneng

Tickets are R 100 online. R 120 at the door.
Tickets at www.popartcentre.co.za

Seiphemo Motswiri is a Wits University (DFL) alumni with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Drama. He is an applied theatre practitioner, director, writer, actor, playback theatre actor and a drama teacher. He is the founding member of African Tree Productions a community based art organization that uses theatre as an educational tool. He started acting at church at the age of 14 when he acted in the story of Jesus Christ, which sparked his evident talent. After he matriculated, he went to study performing arts with FUBA School of Arts. After completing his studies he worked as a stage actor. Some of the plays he performed in, includes “Crime Personnel” directed by Zakes Mofokeng; “Novaland”, a collaboration between Tribes Projects (USA) and Soweto youth Drama society directed by J. Paul, an American film and Theatre director; “Once Bitten” directed by a German writer and director Oula Styzen, produced by German Goethe Institute; Julius Caesar directed by the legendary David Denis & Dorothy Ann Gould which performed at Joburg Theatre; Oretestia Ubuntu which was a collaboration between African Tree Productions and Tribes Projects in USA, Obituary Directed by Kgosana Thekwane which performed at Windybrow, The Bones Are Still Calling directed by Seputla Sebogodi; Black Box directed by Vusi Msani, Be A Better Dog and Seperekisi by Katlego Letsholonyane. He was part of the creations of “Shadows of Metsi” a shadow based performance about water which was collaboration between Cave Dogs (USA) and Sibikwa Art Centre.

His TV work includes Generation (SABC), Isidingo (SABC), Sokhulu & Partners (SABC), Bitso Lebe ke Seromo (SABC), Cast The First Stone (MNET), Secrets (MNET), Not in my house (Etv), Lobola (Etv), Hustle cameo role (Etv), Sticks & Stones cameo role (SABC) AND Pele Pele Tree (MNET). He starred in a film “Kitchen Girl” which was created by Makhobalo Ikaneng for 16 days against children and woman abuse. He was nominated for Ellen Stewart International Award 2018 with other 10 theatre practitioners from around the world.  Ellen Stewart International Award is given to an individual theatre artist or company whose work promotes social change and community participation with particular focus on the engagement of young people. He got best director award for directing the internationally acclaimed show “The System”, which also performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 (Scotland) where it received Five Stars Reviews and Wan Smolbag 25th International Festival (Vanuatu Island). The show was part of Main Stream program for The South African State Theatre 2017 where it was nominated for Naledi Theatre Awards for Best Ensemble. “The System” won 2015 Standard Bank Ovation Award at Grahamstown Arts Festival. He also directed “A Gift from God” which won GOMMAC Best Ensemble award and Second Best Production in Gauteng Province. He also directed shows like “Magadi” and “No Horns No party” with Sibikwa Students. He wrote “Little Voice from the Grave” which was directed by the Monageng Vice Motshabi. He was an acting Mentor for Soze Project 2004, which was a Cultural Exchange and collaboration between Kalaneng Arts Tracks and the University of California (Los Angeles) drama department. 

He has also done Industrial Theatre and Puppetry work for Miracles Productions using animal characters to communicate the message of the power of knowledge related to chronic diseases to the high school learners. He also did industrial theatre ofr Win Win Group, Wellness Theatre, L Shape Productions and African Tree Productions where he use Applied Drama Methods to teach young people how theatre can be used to address social issues. Seiphemo also uses applied theatre as way of creating dialogue around issues affecting communities and workers, some of the shows he created for learning outcomes are “What are you deciding”, “Little Voice from the grave”, “Ignorance”, “I told you so” and “Disability”. He Directed a short film “Emotions” and a PSA on HIV/Aids after completing film and production training at Consulting Dynamics. He also directed a documentary called African Time. He currently teaches Drama at Sibikwa Art Centre. 

Book for Be a Better Dog by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 8th Oct 8pm R120 (R100 online) Tue 9th Oct 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre, Live Music • Running Time: 80 mins
Performed by Dave Starke Researched and written by Perran Hahndiek
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Cohen – A Tribute is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen.

It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So long Maryanne, the haunting Famous Blue Raincoat and Who By Fire?, lighter works such as Tower of Song as well as pieces from his final album You Want It Darker? That was released just before his death.

The text for the show was researched and written by Perran Hahndiek and is performed by Dave Starke.

Perran Hahndiek is a writer and poet based in Cape Town. He studied political science at UCT and is a procedural advisor to the National Assembly in the South African Parliament. 

Dave Starke is a singer and guitarist based KZN. He has performed in a number of festivals and shows throughout South Africa and abroad over the last 20 years. In 2016, he appeared on the first season of The Voice – South Africa. In addition to performing, Dave also composes music for film and television as well as running a non-profit performing arts school for underprivileged youth in southern Zululand.

Book for Cohen – A Tribute by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 18th Oct 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 19th Oct 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 20th Oct 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 21st Oct 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)