UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Directed by: Tristan Jacobs | Featuring: Star Tlali, Sabelo Ndumo, Tyson Ngubeni, Nicole Anthony, Kirsten Stewart
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Introducing platform performance - where 5 talented actors transform a tiny, bare space into myriad stories and journeys. Comic, fast-paced and deftly executed, Masidlale presents a new ensemble show that consists of 3 parts, from video game dreams to fictionalising settlers history, and a voracious playing with Falling hashtags.





Book for Flatform by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 24th Feb 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 25th Feb 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 26th Feb 1:30pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 26th Feb 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

True Contemporary Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
Hosted by Lebogang Mogashoa. Each show featuring new guests
Warning: 16+ mature content
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This is not your camp fire type of Storytelling. It's more like being at a dinner party... With a lot of wine. Where the truth really flows... 
What we like to cll our very own queer church!

The Storytellers Series aims to create a place for sharing New South African Stories, any stories. Modelled on shows like the Moth, RISK! and This American Life, the only rule is that the stories have to be 100% true. 

The Storytellers Series brings you a Valentine's Day special on the 14th of February: Love Stories
ABOUT LEBO 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.



Book for THE STORYTELLERS SERIES by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Tue 28th Feb 8pm R80 (R60 online) Tue 14th Mar 8pm R80 (R60 online) Tue 28th Mar 8pm R80 (R60 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Co-Directed by Billy Langa and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana | Performed by Khanyisile Ngwabe, Ninkie Zimasa Dyani and Nomathamsanqa Mhlakaza | Produced by ZikkaZimba Productions
Warning: +16
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The dynamic theatre-making duo is back with another accessible adaptation of a well-known classical text (The Summoning of Everyman) recreated for young audiences and performed by an all-female cast. 

The Summoning of Everyman uses allegorical characters to examine the question of Christian salvation and what Man must do to attain it. The premise is that the good and evil deeds of one's life will be tallied by God after death, as in a ledger book. The play is the allegorical accounting of the life of Everyman, who represents all mankind. In the course of the action, Everyman tries to convince other characters to accompany him in the hope of improving his account. All the characters are also allegorical, each personifying an abstract idea such as Fellowship, (material) Goods, and Knowledge.





Book for The Summoning of Everyman by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 2nd Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 3rd Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 4th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 5th Mar 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Simemezelo Xulu | Featuring Frankie Buthelezi, Nolwazi Hadebe, Neo Lewatla, Tumisang Mabale, Dingalethu Maphitela, Musawenkosi Mhlope, Fumane Moeketsi, Junior Molefe, Siyabonga Alfred Moubek, Dzumani Shivila, Thokozani Sithole, Bongukwazi Xulu | Presented by Applause Theatre Company
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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Set in a non-specific maximum security prison, The Antidote investigates the high level and impact of crime in South Africa. The audience is challenged to consider the true nature of the prison system and who it really serves- are they becoming mafia havens or places of reform? Through the journey of The Antidote, questions of gangsterism, reformation exercises, the nature of imprisonment and finally the question of a possible antidote to this social ill are considered.





Book for The Antidote by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 9th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 10th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 11th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 12th Mar 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 45 mins
Performed by Tristan Jacobs | Directed by Khutjo Green | Score composed by Vid Gobac | Costume by Cammie Behrens
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Kochira is a tethering of inspiration chords from performance traditions like Rakugo - where a solo storyteller spins imaginative tales, often humorous - and contemporary theatre, inclusive of physical ritual. In addition to a giant, wooden medicine-box (the same used by traditional, roaming doctors in rural Japan) there is a profound exploration of memory and forgetting. Khutjo Green and Tristan Jacobs collaborate across performative styles, and play through dreamscapes and vocal lacerations to locate the lost clown.

Kochira is an attempt to ask after the implications of a ‘foreign-ness’, a dialogue with intercultural performance and transcultural curiosity. Sam Munro’s gripping animation, manipulating form and message, speaks back to the quizzical score composed by Vid Gobac and the flowing fabrications of Cammie Behrens’ costuming.





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Thu 16th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 17th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 18th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 19th Mar 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Cabaret • Running Time: 60 mins
Songs and stories written and performed by Daneel van der Walt | Accompanied by David Lubbe | Directed by Nicholas Spagnoletti | Dress by Deeva Merwe from Merwe Mode | Original musical direction Roelof Colyn | Original direction Jason Potgieter
Warning: +16
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Part of the POPUpstairs season 2016/2017 supported by the National Arts Council of Southern Africa

Welcome to The Den. A bar at the end of the world and, truth be told, at the end of it’s tether. Lucky for you not quite. Tonight is the last time that resident cover band, Dani and the Lion, will be performing at this, let’s say, fine establishment. A special performance that they have wanted to perform for years, but were never allowed. Tonight everything changes. Everything. Except for some things… Dani and the Lion, Last Night at The Den is a continuation of last year’s Dani and the Lion at Alexander Bar, as well as a run at the 2016 NAF, where it received an Ovation Award.

 “Daneel’s stories would be heartbreaking if they weren’t so touchingly funny.” – Megan’s Head 
“This production is absolutely breathtaking.” – Cue
“Cabaret as it was meant to be-sets the gold standard” – Broadway World

Biographies:

Daneel studied Theatre and Performance at UCT before Instagram existed. She then went on to work on her waitering skills and after a fairly impressive level of servitude was reached she approached the theatre industry with a new found fervour. Since then she has been in shows like Juliet Jenkin’s Big Girl, Long Street Nights directed by Nicky Rebelo and The Fugard’s Rocky Horror Show. Dani and the Lion; Last night at The Den, is a continuation of the cabaret that first saw light at The Alexander Bar last year. They (David Lubbe, Nicholas Spagnoletti, Edward van Kuik and herself) travelled this little circus to the 2016 National Arts Festival. On a horse named Ethel. Since then they have taken Ethel back home to Cape Town for another successful run at The Alexander Bar.

Dani is beside herself  about running at Pop Art. And also a little sad to leave  Ethel behind.

David is a pianist and teacher in the Cape Town area. Having won the prestigious Edgars Baby of the Year Award in 1983, he was destined for great things. Graduating from the University of Stellenbosch, David took a leave of absence to make money in the doll-drum accounting sector for many years but has recently returned to the wonderful world of music, working as an accompanist, teacher and performer. As a student, David won the Hugo van der Spuy Cup for best accompanist, was first runner up in the inaugural Nina Schumann Overseas Bursary Competition and performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Youth Music Festival. David performs, accompanies and teaches in and around Cape Town, mainly involving himself with the development of young musicians.

His recent concert appearances include a concert of all Poulenc's woodwind sonatas at Youngblood Gallery, performing in The Pitch at Alexander Bar and participating in the National Outreach Tour with Cape Town Opera




Book for Dani and the Lion by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 23rd Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 24th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 25th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 26th Mar 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Sketch Comedy • Running Time: 50 mins
Written and directed by Jon Keevy | starring Kiroshan Naidoo & Kathleen Stephens | with costume by Merryn Carver | presented by Jack Hardcastle Productions
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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Part of the POPUpstairs season 2016/ 2017 supported by the National Arts Council of Southern Africa.

The filthy mind behind the cult-hit Dirty Words is back at it again with a sizzling new show. Mixing comedy and raunch with a dazzling disregard for politeness and moral hygiene, Jon Keevy serves up six scenes skewering sex and love. Mostly sex.  Whether it's bachelorette parties, misleading dating profiles, or just good old fashioned homicide – Kat and Kiro have it uncovered.

Audiences at Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre:
“Sharp, witty writing. Really fantastic performances by two of my favourite actors”
“Jon Keevy's script was brilliantly sharp and witty, and Kiroshan Naidoo & Kathleen Stephens amazing in their multiple roles. Delivery was perfectly timed and the body language pure genius. Side-splittingly funny!”
“What a fabulous way to end 2016. Love the script and the performances of Kiroshan Naidoo & Kathleen Stephens - wonderful. Yes, we did laugh out loud, we giggled, we grinned broadly - would so see this again! And two more actors to follow. I want to see every production. Exciting times. Fun, funny, fast, frothy, fabulous!”
“Plenty of zest, enthusiasm and panache. The performers are GREAT!”


Biographies:

Jon Keevy is a wild card, a maverick, a madman. Or at least he wants you to think that. To be entirely honest you wouldn’t look at this professional writer and guess at the joyful perversity he’s willing to put his characters through. In fact you might have heard his name in connection with serious plays like Every Beautiful Thing (dir. Khutjo Bakunzi Green, 2016), or respectable plays for young audiences like Get Kraken! (dir. Kim Kerfoot, 2014). Let us reassure you though that Jon Keevy is not in the least bit respectable himself.

Kiroshan Naidoo graduated from UCT in 2015 and has performed in productions like People Are Living There (dir. Blythe Stuart Linger and Kathleen Stephens, 2015) and Reparations (dir. Ameera Conrad, 2016). His versatility has garnered attention and in 2017 he’ll be on set with Hollywood people. He insisted we add that to his bio.

Kathleen Stephens trained as a theatre maker at UCT, graduating in 2014. Her comedic timing and physical presence caught audience attention in UHM (dir. Koleka Putuma) and I Love You Sally Field (dir. Wessel Pretorius). Her upcoming projects are ‘lit’(her words).




Book for Single Minded by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 30th Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 31st Mar 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 1st Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 2nd Apr 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Teater (Afrikaans) • Running Time: 80 mins
Regie: Sylvaine Strike | Teks: Retief Scholtz | Rolverdeling: André Odendaal en Wilhelm van der Walt | Vervaardiger: Kosie House of Theatre
Warning: Niemand jonger as 13 weens onderwerp
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Scholtz se Dop is die verhaal van Frank Venter, die spreekwoordelike man op straat. Een van duisende daarbuite wat min mense ooit sal ken en wat nog minder sal onthou. Soos elke mens het Frank 'n storie, maar niemand luister na sy storie nie. Frank (André Odendaal) sit in 'n kroeg. Dis sy verjaardag. Buiten vir die kroegman, Tim (Wilhelm van der Walt), is Frank alleen in die kroeg, soos in sy lewe. Albei het iets van die ander een nodig: Frank 'n klankbord om sy bestaan te bevestig en Tim die regte woorde om sy hart uit te praat.

Twee vreemdelinge begin gesels oor die lewe, generasies, emigrasie, drome (onvervuldes sowel as nuwes), die kunsdiefstal van 1990, reënwoude, spyt en perdedrolle wat nie vye is nie. In wyn lê die waarheid … en soos die aand aanstap word maskers afgehaal, harte blootgelê, talente van vervloë dae opnuut ontdek en sinne al meer onsamehangend. In sinnelose kroegpraatjies en gesprekke sonder 'n punt is daar waarheid én emosie. Sonder pretensie of voorgee. 

Kosie Smit, vervaardiger van Kosie House of Theatre, was op soek na nuwe stemme in die teaterbedryf toe hy op Retief Scholtz se werk afgekom het. Scholtz het agt maande lank aan dié opdragwerk geskryf en geskaaf en nou het Dop sy première in die bekwame hande van regisseur Sylvaine Strike.

Die akteurs in dié stuk is André Odendaal en Wilhelm van der Walt. Odendaal is al meer as 30 jaar bekend as gerekende akteur en regisseur en die jonger Van der Walt is verlede jaar op Aardklop aangewys as die beste akteur vir sy spel in Son.Maam.Sterre.

Sylvaine Strike is benewens aktrise, soos onlangs saam met Atandwa Kani in die voortreflike Black and Blue, ook regisseur wat in 2006 aangewys is as Standard Bank se jong kunstenaar vir drama en toe met die Coupé vorendag gekom het. Vir haar regie van The Miser het sy in 2012 die Naledi-prys gekry as beste regisseur en die stuk is bekroon as die beste produksie.

Volgens Scholtz het hy die rol van Frank geskryf met Odendaal in gedagte.




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