Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Thuto Gaasenwe Directed by J.Bobs Tshabalala
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In 2014, J.Bobs Tshabalala and an ensemble of 5 actors premiered Secret Ballot, with a cast of five Black males who became affectionately known as the ‘Daddies of Sugar’. 

In 2017, the source text of Secret Ballot which was a play titled ‘Khongolose Khommanding Khommisars’ was staged with MoMo Matsunyane as the director and an ensemble of five Black women actors; they too were the ‘ Daddies of Sugar’, regardless of being women. 

In 2018, in collaboration with Monageng Motshabi of diartskonageng, J.Bobs independently co-published both these works in one book.  On the back cover of the book, Tshabalala states that “I am here, to offer this work for it to be read, performed, directed, translated, adapted, questioned, reimagined, challenged and to even be used as a provokation for new ideas...”

A challenge that was set to others has now been taken by the challenge-maker himself. There has been a male director, directing 5 males, there has been a female director, directing 4 females, now in 2019, one male director directs one female actor in ‘The Daddies of Sugar’ performed by Thuto Gaasenwe from 20 – 23 February 2020 at Pop Art Theatre in Maboneng.

Thuto Gaasenwe plays all the Daddies in the latest directorial offering by Standard Bank Young Artist of the year for theatre, J. Bobs Tshabalala

Book for The Daddies of Sugar by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 20th Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 21st Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 22nd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 23rd Feb 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Claudine Ullman | Directed by Rob Van Vuuren
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Book for Artificially Infeminated by clicking this button:
Sun 23rd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Edmund Braatvedt Directed by Kirsten Harris Starring: Denel Honeyball, MoMo Matsunyane, Roberto Pombo, Ryan Dittman, Hayleigh Evans and maybe some surprises
Warning: 16+ Mature Content
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The much loved Soapy Serial is back
All the makings of a good soap with the ultimate twist : it's live on stage and anything can happen!

In the last episode: Rob's dark past was revealed, Rachael continued her search for her father and her quest to win her mother's love. MoMo and Denel still haven't made it to France, and Frank the Cop launched an investigation into what happens behind the Velvet Curtain. Hayleigh continues to try to produce an award wining piece of theatre. 

In this episode, we take it back to the very beginning where it all started : Behind the Velvet Curtain. 

To find out, you'll have to be at POPArt for this one episode only on 27 February at 8pm. 
Tickets are R 50 

Book for Velvet Curtain Ep3 by clicking this button:
Thu 27th Feb 8pm R50

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The stage is yours...  we really mean it! 

Calling all live performers : musicians, actors, comics, beatboxers, poets, dancers... we want you to show us something brand new. (under 10 mins please). 

All you need to do, is book your slot by emailing popartjhb@gmail.com (this is essential as we may not be able to accommodate performers needs on the night). 

Entrance for audience is R 50. And the show is pot luck!

Come play. Come support a buddy. Come check out some new talent! 

Hosted by our very own Ms Zanele Mthombeni 

Book for Open Stage Night by clicking this button:
Fri 28th Feb 8pm R50

Awards • Running Time: 90 mins
Word 'n Sound
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POPArt is proud to host the Word 'n Sound Awards: 

Honouring excellence in the industry. 

Event starts from 3:30pm and booking is essential. 

Book for WORD 'N SOUND AWARDS by clicking this button:
Sat 29th Feb 3:30pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Katlego Letsholonyane Directed by Jaques De Silva Sound design by Yogin Sullaphen
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Using only mime, mask and sound, Darkie looks at the black body in a factory work setting. Set in the early 1990s, the show seeks to push the notion that the Darkie is expected to endure manual labour suggesting Darkie gaana lebaka la goikhutsa mo bophelong.

No Text. No Set.

The show premiered at the 30 Years of the Market Theatre Lab celebrations, where it was selected for a full run at POPArt

Book for DARKIE by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 5th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 6th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 7th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 8th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Christine Van Hees. Directed by Siphumeze Khundayi
Warning: please note : the play is 85% in English
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The seeds of history are sown deep in our minds and hearts; deep in our bodies; they form thick layers under our skins. What parts of this history stay with us and what leaves us? How do we share our histories with those we love, hate and live amongst? 

This work explores the existence of a seed whose history begins in a Dutch Kitchen. She goes in search of a belonging that stretches beyond race or culture while being haunted by South Africa’s History. Not quite the right seed. Not quite belonging, in a country where everything is about where you belong, what race, what tribe, what socio economic background you come from.

What does it mean to not belong in a history based on belonging? To be neither here nor there?

(please note : the play is 85% in English)

Book for Sade in Hollandse Kombuise by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 12th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 13th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 14th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 15th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Stand Up Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Eric Jansen
Warning: 16+
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The show about the life and times of a young man who finished school and only wanted to be lekker.
From home life, to work live to TV and 1 man in particular who help shape the madness, a story is told. 

Written and performed by Eric Jansen

ONE NIGHT ONLY : 22 March at 8pm

Book for A Lekker Ou by clicking this button:
Sun 22nd Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online)