Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Concept and Design by Karina Lemmer Text Adaptation by Jénine Grové Directed by Karina Lemmer Performed by: Mariska Denysschen, Jénine Grové, Lorraine Makara, Hendrien Martins, Bukeka Mbonyane and Gali Moabi.
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Their lives are changing and none of them are happy. This adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters centres on the troubling relationship that the sisters have with their past, their life choices and each other. A clash between love, ambition and duty. What do you choose? 

This contemporary rework of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters places the focus on the regrets, choices and ambitions of the three sisters. Set in a world of economic uncertainty the sisters battle and support each other. It’s a classic family crisis in a mad modern world. 

The production originated as an academic study.  Elements such as code-switching in Sestwana, Sesotho and Afrikaans is incorporated and the acting is aimed at truly conveying language as action to ensure a relatable experience for audiences and simultaneously to reflect the South African context.

Book for THREE SISTERS by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 24th May 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 25th May 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 26th May 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 27th May 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. 

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Sun 27th May 8pm R50 Sun 3rd Jun 8pm R50 Sun 10th Jun 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 trying something new. 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 (writer : The Queen & The River) and features special guests and stories. 

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". 

Tue 29th May 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Written & Performed By Mlindeli Zondi Directed by Tsholofelo Mmbi Live Music by Prince Shapiro Live Vocals by Lerato Sefoloshe
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If history could be written from the eyes of nature, could it be written the same as human perspective? But history is written by mankind which brings questions about the genuineness of the reality observed or the truth might be subjective to ones perspective?

That is the question interrogated through heightened physicality and visuals as a style of delivery, while the words of the play paint the characters and events through poetry and live music
Upon entering the space you automatically tap into a spiritual realm of Lidwaba and Lesedi’s version of the truth, through Gom’s spectacle the tour guide

The play is set in an ancient cave which has been turned into a historical museum for tourist attraction, but the Tour guide of the place is a descendant of the rightful owners of the land. The play seeks for a solution about retrieving colonial impact that affect the current generations.
Zanele Madiba wrote: "Gomora gives historical accounts that seek to disrupt the dominant narrative that is still taught in schools, one that erases black people’s knowledge prior to colonisation.”
Read the full review here: https://madibasays.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/gomora-the-art-of-hearing-voices/

Eagles Wings Productions Presents
Written & Performed By Mlindeli Zondi
Directed by Tsholofelo Mmbi
Live Music by Prince Shapiro
Live Vocals by Lerato Sefoloshe
Aiming to go beyond the narrow polemics of the historical debate around land reforms and redistribution

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Thu 31st May 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 1st Jun 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 2nd Jun 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 3rd Jun 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

A Games show meets Sketch format • Running Time: 80 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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Lovers of game shows, quiz shows, talk shows and current affairs - this one is for you! It's the freshest live uniquely South African game show double bill and it comes to you once a month at the POPArt Theatre. 



Nominated for Freshest show, Fresh performer and Fresh creative at this year's Cape Town Fringe. 

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. 

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Tue 5th Jun 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Taryn Bennett Directed by Jenine Collocott Produced by Contagious Theatre
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Contagious Theatre’s newest production, Silkworm, is an evocative exploration of the ordinary things that make life, well, extraordinary.

The story is told to us through the eyes of the at once gregarous and socially awkward Georgina. Georgina is about to have the single most important day of her life. On this day, she takes the audience on a journey that reveals how the small things are, ultimately, big things. 

Silkworm makes extensive use of storytelling and clowning techniques borrowed from Italy’s Helikos School of Theatre Creation, adding a dollop of humour and a touch of whimsy. The result is a theatrical experience that explores, pushes, and ultimately punctures the gossamer thin veil that divides the wistfully surreal from the frighteningly real.

Silkworm is directed by Jenine Collocott and stars Taryn Bennett, with additional dramaturgy by Nick Warren. Audiences can anticipate the sensitive and insightful entertainment delivered by other Contagious Theatre productions and collaborations, including The Snow Goose, The Old Man and The Sea, Babbelagtig, Kaput, Dirt, Sunday Morning and Making Mandela.

R 100 online. R 120 at the door

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Thu 7th Jun 8pm R100 Fri 8th Jun 8pm R100 Sat 9th Jun 8pm R100 Sun 10th Jun 3:30pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 85 mins
Starring Michelle Douglas, Mary-Anne Barlow, Heidi Mollentze, Julie-Anne McDowell Hegarty and Marianthe Smart Directed by Steven Feinstein Produced by Search for Productions
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This June, Search for productions and director Steven Feinstein brings playwright Neil Anthony Docking's award winning new play brought to life with an all South African cast 

Starring Michelle DouglasMary-Anne BarlowHeidi MollentzeJulie-Anne McDowell Hegarty and Marianthe Smart

In 1966, 116 school children and 28 adults were killed in a mining accident, where a landslide buried a primary school in Aberfan, South Wales. The event was blamed on the negligence of the National Coal Board, who also happened to be the largest employer in the town. The news sent shockwaves through the country fifty years ago, and now forms the foundation for Neil Anthony Docking's new play, fresh off the back of a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Docking introduces us to those left behind, the mothers of the dead, united by their loss. This isn't so much of a story as a powerful snapshot of grief, of women constantly reminded of their experiences yet forced to ask - how do you carry on? How do you move beyond the event? The topic is brimming with complexity and tragedy, more than is ever really possible to pack into an 85 minute running time.

Docking succeeds by, somehow, mixing the tragedy of the event with very real humour. It is startling to think that, given the subject matter, the audience left the theatre laughing. …The women tackle the tragedy by carrying on as they were, bouncing through conversational inanity with verve. The play charms, even as it echoes with sadness.

……………………………..It's hard to miss the play's relevance. Even though the sadness and grief of the Aberfan women was the main theme, it is tinged with a bubbling anger: "It was all about money. The cheapest solution. No one gave a s**t about us", one of the mothers retorts. After the events in west London earlier this year, this hits home. When it comes to infrastructure, the human cost always outweighs the financial savings.

"A funny, feisty, heart-wrenching story of how lipstick can look like hope" ★★★★ The Wee Review

R 100 online . R 120 at the door.

"a remarkably warm, sorrowful, and times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering, and make-up" ★★★★ The Independent

"Shocking, heartbreaking The Revlon Girl offers no cosmetic solution to unbearable pain but does suggest the power of powder and eye-liner in helping heal wounds." ★★★★★ Stage Review

"A funny, feisty, heart-wrenching story of how lipstick can look like hope" ★★★★ The Wee Review

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Thu 14th Jun 8pm R100 Fri 15th Jun 8pm R100 Sat 16th Jun 8pm R100 Sun 17th Jun 3:30pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Created and Performed by Joni Barnard and Roberto Pombo | Directed by Toni Morkel | Dramaturgy and Lighting Design by Jemma Kahn
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From the makers of fringe smash hit "Father, Father. Father!" comes an all new absurd dark comedy... 

KIDCASINO follows two kids as they run free in Sun Star Casino's Arcade. Left to their own devices while their mother risks it all at the slot machines, these siblings indulge in tokens, tickets, chewing gum, soda, fast food, flashing lights and endless promises of prizes. Welcome to Sun Star Casino, where you play big to win big!

KidCasino is a surreal satirical exploration of the underbelly of Casino Culture, the obsession with winning and the endless indulgence of compulsive gambling. Brought to you by the creators of Father, Father. Father, this absurd dark comedy promises to entertain, entice and unnerve.

“...superb performances by the cast of two, Roberto Pombo and Joni Barnard. They expend enough energy to light up a small Eastern Cape Dorp” - Keith Millar, Artsmart.

R 120 at the door. R 100 online. 

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Thu 21st Jun 8pm R100 Fri 22nd Jun 8pm R100 Sat 23rd Jun 8pm R100 Sun 24th Jun 3:30pm R100

Storytelling / Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Written and performed by Lebogang Mogashoa Directed by Hayleigh Evans
Warning: No under 16s

Two black boys fall in love at a stifling Catholic boarding school in the Britney 2000s. An unmissable exploration of queer, black teen romance in Africa. Mogashoa’s hilarious and truthful storytelling has placed him on Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young list. He wrote Jemma Kahn’s provocative spaghetti romp on Croissants.

Mogashoa’s intimate storytelling has received rave reviews since he started telling first person stories over five years ago. Of his previous solo show, The Real Dirt, Broadway World’s David Fick wrote, “Mogashoa draws his audience closer and closer as he tells stories that strip away the bandages we all use to dress our deepest wounds. His storytelling becomes one of the most profound acts of compassion I have witnessed in a long time, onstage or off. It is proof that theatre can heal what many other things cannot.” The writer-performer counts among his many followers, the author Lauren Beukes, who recommended some of his earlier shows.

TINSTUFF uses the romantic comedy style to tell a teenage, coming-of-age story in way it has never before been told. And it’s all real.

Book for TIN - STUFF [Teen-Stahf] by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 25th Jun 8pm R100 Tue 26th Jun 8pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 70 mins
Writer & Producer Joakim Daun
 Director: Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa 
Cast: Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic
 Dramaturge: Zoë-Guzy Sprague Lighting design: Nic Farman 
 Scenic Design: Cecilia Trono 
Technical Stage Manager/Sound Design: James Ball 
Music: Lovedale Makalanga & Brezhnev Guveya 
Stage Managers: Lavinia Serban & Thabiso Tshbalala 
 Workshop facilitators: Thoriso Moseneke & Courage Chinokewtu 
 Film/Trailer: Anton Califano
 Graphic Design: Paula Teras/Tyme Design
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“Why do I have to represent a whole race when I just want to represent me?”

The Incident is an award-winning play by Joakim Daun that tackles belonging, migration, racism and power through an intimate love story spanning Sweden and Zimbabwe 

How ‘progressive’ are people really, when they’re confronted with difficult choices? How far are people willing to go to understand those people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds?

The Incident explores the realities of being in an interracial/cultural relationship and living in a different culture, far from family, support, and tradition. It takes a closer at who we allow to belong in our societies and what it means to be an ambitious, non-white woman in a mostly white male dominated society. 

The Incident is coming to PopArt straight from the National Arts Festival’s main stage and is brought to PopArt by a group of South African and international theatre makers. Directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa and starring award winning actress Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic.

Presented with support from the Swedish Embassy, Pretoria; the Swedish Author Fund; and Bilimankhwe Arts. Grateful thanks to Michaela Waldram-Jones; Goldsmiths Theatre dept, University of London; and Poplar Union.

Presented at the National Arts Festival 2018.

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Thu 5th Jul 8pm R100 Fri 6th Jul 8pm R100 Sat 7th Jul 8pm R100 Sun 8th Jul 3:30pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Starring Christine van Hees , Yolanda Mogatusi, Campbell Jessica Meas and Monique Rockliffe. Directed by Loren Rae Nel
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Life four Rent tells the stories of four women dealing with the struggles of life through out the 70's, 80's, 90's and now.

Life four Rent tells the stories of four women dealing with the struggles of life through out the 70's, 80's, 90's and now.

Starring Christine van Hees , Yolanda Mogatusi, Campbell Jessica Meas and Monique Rockliffe. Directed by Loren Rae Nel

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Thu 16th Aug 8pm R100 Fri 17th Aug 8pm R100 Sat 18th Aug 8pm R100 Sun 19th Aug 3:30pm R100