UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

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)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed and presented by the Market Laboratory | Directed by Mahlatsi Mokgoyana
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This is our third year of our partnership with the Market Theatre Laboratory, in which we bring you the freshest new work. As part of a business in theatre course, the Lab performers are taught to produce, stage and market their own shows which they will bring on tour to POPArt. This year, we are excited to present a double bill of Greek Classics refreshed and re-told by professional directors : Nondumiso Msimanga and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana. 

The Greek classic comedy by Aristophanes is about to hit POPArt stages- refreshed, revised and Africanised, as audiences have come to expect from director Mahlatsi Mokgoyana (Just Antigone, The Summoning of Everyman). In this classic fable, gender based issues are explored as the women of the town stage a sex strike in order to stop a raging war between the men. Want to know what happens when this is set in a modern day South Africa? 

Produced in collaboration with the Market Theatre Lab and POPArt. 

Accommodation provider: Curiocity Hostels, Maboneng 





Book for LYSISTRATA by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 6th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 7th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 8th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 9th Apr 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Collaborative Performance | Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
Presented by The Hillbrow Theatre Project and C:NTACT, in partnership with Tswelopele Frail Care Centre | Performed by the youth and elderly residents of Hillbrow | Directed by Gceble Dlamini | Dramaturgy by Jefferson Tshabalala | Choreographed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Sonia Radebe | Sound and Music by Joao Orecchia and Nhlanhla Mahlangu
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Young ones dream of a future…the more advanced in age reflect on paths ventured. 

The Hillbrow Theatre Project and C:NTACT, in partnership with Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, presents young@home, an inter-generational production that brings together the youth and elderly residents of Hillbrow. young@home is a presentation of personal stories of Hillbrow as home - an exploration of notions of home and what constitutes community in a city with a long history of ever-changing migrant communities.  We open on the 1st of April at 6pm at the Hillbrow Theatre.

With everyone here being from everywhere else, there is a compelling assortment of tales of family migrations from other countries, from rural villages and from townships – and how they have come to settle, albeit still in perpetual transit, in the inner-city. young@home is an exciting theatrical experience based on the true accounts of the sad, the joyous, the reflective, the prospective, the funny, and at times, the obscure and random stories and memories of a most dynamic group. 

Director, Gceble Dlamini has assembled a stellar creative team; Jefferson Tshabalala is the dramaturge, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Sonia Radebe will choreograph and Joao Orecchia and Nhlanhla will create a soundscape of songs and music. Mark Straw, photographer, has joined the team to document and to create portraits. Peter DuPont Weiss joined us for two weeks from Denmark to share his experience working on various C:NTACT projects. The production will explore spoken word, dance, song, soundscape design, video and photography to devise a unique work from the neighbourhood of Hillbrow. 

This project is made possible through generous funding from the Danish Agency for Culture, Rand Merchant Bank and Bread for the World. Our partners include the Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, Hillbrow Radio, Deshun Deysel & Associates and Assitej South Africa.

POPArt is proud to be able to host this exciting initiative.





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Sat 8th Apr 3pm R50

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed and presented by the Market Laboratory | Directed by Nondumiso Msimanga
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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This is our third year of our partnership with the Market Theatre Laboratory, in which we bring you the freshest new work. As part of a business in theatre course, the Lab performers are taught to produce, stage and market their own shows which they will bring on tour to POPArt. This year, we are excited to present a double bill of Greek Classics refreshed and re-told by professional directors : Nondumiso Msimanga and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana. 

When questions go unanswered because society fears its own truths... A woman speaks. A tragic myth of never-ending shackles mirrors the injustices of today. The Love of the Nightingale, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, releases the realities from the myth of Philomele. Her violated voice breaks the unrelenting curse.


Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga directs this adaptation of the myth of the rape of Philomele in collaboration with a cast of six-strong Market Lab ingenues that bring the myth home. The Love of the Nightingale is showing at Pop Art from 13-16 April.

Produced in collaboration with the Market Theatre Lab and POPArt. 

Accommodation provider: Curiocity Hostels, Maboneng 





Book for THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 13th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 14th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 15th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 16th Apr 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 120 mins
Presented by Indigo View
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In 2015 the Advanced Actors Academy began and the two plays have actors, writers, directors and producers who partook in the academy’s training course. This evening of ORIGINALS was initiated by Steven Feinstein as a vehicle to further develop and extend new skills in directing, producing and writing for the stage. Feinstein has mentored each production but allowed the development of the stories to be owned by the individuals, encouraging the collaborative and organic process that theatre-making can and should be.We have a voice as South African artists and the Originals has been created to give platform to those voices, an opportunity for production teams to learn new and necessary skills pertaining to our industry and to introduce audiences to another generation of artists who have something to say. The following plays will be staged for the first time:

Same Same But Different

Written by Michaella Russell & Directed by Campbell Meas

Nothing in life is free, one of those nagging truths, yet every rule has a loophole. Imagine if we found it. Dive into a dystopian world and explore a South Africa not so far removed from the one we know today and even, sadly, the one we've known in the past. Get consumed by this gripping thriller where money isn’t the only currency and marks don’t always count. We invite you to glimpse tomorrow’s South Africa, where education is finally free but understanding costs. 

Dichotomy

Written by Yeshua Moraka & Directed by Christine Van Hees and Natasha Farber

Millennials, love and the internet. What could possibly go wrong?

When four university students discover that they’ve unknowingly been entangled in a love quadrilateral, their respective friendships are put to the test and they must set aside their differences in an attempt to make sense of it all. The outcome is an amalgamation of hilarious moments of hysteria.

ORIGINALS runs for approximately 2hrs including an interval.





Book for Indigo View presents: ORIGINALS by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 28th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 29th Apr 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 30th Apr 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Devised by Benjamin Bell, Lebogang Mphahlele and Thulani Mtsweni | Written by Lebogang Mphahlele | Performed by Lebogang Mphahlele and Thulani Mtsweni | Conceived and Directed by Benjamin Bell | Produced by Drama for Life Creative Research Hub
Warning: +13
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Kasi Stories: Stories not Often Told tells the story of Xola and Thabo's friendship. We see the two young men at different stages of their lives though the play, as the boys move further apart economically it's their shared reality of failed fatherhood which both hold their friendship together and threatens to tear it apart. The two friends consistently come to blows about the matter as neither of them truly understands what the other is going through. Thabo wishes he had a Dad living in his house as his mother often changes men. Xola wishes he didn’t have a father and that he and his mother were safe. Kasi Stories asks pertinent questions about the failure of the father figure in the South African context.

About Drama for Life Creative Research Hub
Drama for Life Creative Research Hub is the new multi-purpose performance laboratory, conversation hotspot and resource centre dedicated to cutting-edge creative, empirical and conventional research in the heart of Braamfontein.

About Drama for Life
Drama for Life is a global leader in an integrated approach to arts for social transformation and healing. This unique centre, based at the University of the Witwatersrand, brings together academic, research and local and international projects to explore, serve and grow the role of arts for social change.

Drama for Life is an active leader in providing performances, arts-based interventions, and accredited workshops and trainings throughout the SADC region for partners and leading arts festivals.

Team Biographies:

Benjamin Bell

In 2012 Benjamin graduated with an Honours degree in Directing and Performance at the University of Witwatersrand. Ben's primary creative focus is Theatre-Making, some of his highlights include directing Suzan Lori Park’s Pulitzer Prize winning Topdog/Underdog for his final directing presentation at Wits in 2011 and he won the Percy Tucker Prize for best director for his efforts. His production Somewhere over the Rainbow a collaborative piece which explores the many faces of contemporary Johannesburg received positive responses at Arts Alive 2013. Recently, Benjamin curated and directed a trio of adapted Chekhov classics which premiered at the Johannesburg Theatre in May 2015. Ben has an interest in writing for the stage and has penned two plays (The Crayon Tower 2013, Love in a Cardboard Box 2014). He has a passion for the collaborative process and a personal vision of bringing great writing back to South African Theatre. Ben joined Drama for Life in 2014 and now heads up the theatre and live performance portfolio which includes managing Drama for Life’s Creative Research Hub and various Drama for Life arts festivals.

Lebogang Mphahlele
Lebogang Mphahlele (32) studied at Stageworld Theatre School and obtained a Certificate in Speech and Drama and then continued to go and study at AFDA JHB and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Live Performance. He has worked extensively in Children's Theatre productions at the Peoples Theatre. During that period he also worked in the TV industry and had small roles in productions such as Noah's Ark, Blind Ambitions, Task Force, Him, Her and the Guys and more recently Scandal. Theatre has always been his love and apart from Children's Theatre Productions he's performed in  The Good Candidate which was at the Suidoosterfees in Cape Town as well as working for PAST (The Paleontological Scientific Trust) which deals with the teaching of evolution to Matric students in the Gauteng and Limpopo Province. Apart from being an actor he has also put his fingers in other pie's, donning the hat of Director and translating The Proposal an Anton Chekhov play. He also translated The Bear. This is his first original play that he has written thanks to the help of Benjamin Bell and Thulani Mtsweni. 


Thulani Mtsweni
Thulani Mtsweni born in 1987 on the 12th of March in the eastern part of Johannesburg. It was during in his schooling days that Thulani decided he wanted to be an actor, after matric he went to Lovelife and volunteered for two years. In 2009 he participated in an Industrial theatre piece for Department of Home Affairs which toured Gauteng. Thulani’s film and theatre credits include: The Good Candidate directed by Andre Stolz, a Skrillex music video, Primal directed by Tshepo Ratona at the South African State Theatre, The Proposal directed by Lebohang Mphahlele, The Bear directed by Benjamin Bell, WitsOweek production directed by Benjamin Bell, Inn Time directed by Tshepo Ratona at NAF, Kowethu directed by Rolie Nikiwe, Vodacom advert and Infidel direct by Tshepo Ratona at the Stop Crime Festival.




Book for Kasi Stories: Stories not Often Told by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 4th May 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 5th May 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 6th May 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 7th May 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)