UPCOMING SHOWS : BROWSE & BOOK

Theatre • Running Time: 50 mins
Written By Louis Viljoen | Featuring Rob van Vuuren
Warning: +16 Mature Content. Trigger warning: sex. violence
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Dangled is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story Diary of a Madman by multi award winning writer Louis Viljoen and performed by multi award winning actor Rob van Vuuren. A dark psychosexual horror comedy, Dangled promises to disturb, entertain and terrify in equal measure.

Dangled has won the 2016 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Cape Town Fringe and the Pebble Trust International Touring Bursary to the Brighton Fringe in 2017.

Trigger warning: sex. violence





Book for DANGLED by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Fri 21st Jul 8pm R120 (R100 online): Hurry! Only 28 tickets left! Sat 22nd Jul 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 23rd Jul 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Workshop • Running Time: 240 mins
Facilitated by Patricia Boyer
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Join us for our POPArt Performing Arts Centre July Skills workshop series with Patricia Boyer (Lockdown/ Soap on a Rope).
Two workshops this July at POPArt :
8 July from 12:30pm- 4:30pm : Script, Chracter and process workshop
22 July from 12:30pm - 4:30pm : Camera technique workshop

Book for one workshop at R400. Both workshops at R 750.
Booking is essetial as space is limited. Bookings via www.popartcentre.co.za

SCRIPT CHARACTER AND PROCESS WORKSHOP:
Workshop for actors focusing on process and finding character from text. Performers will work with well know texts toward a practical outcome, focusing on site reading, audition technique and character work.

CAMERA TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP:
workshop for actors focusing performance for camera (Film/ Television). Performers will work with text and live camera in order to understand strengths and weaknesses in this media. Audition technique for camera will also be discussed.

ABOUT PATRICIA BOYER:

Patricia Boyer is a versatile and experienced actress with over 20 years of experience in the industry both locally and internationally.

She has appeared onstage in England with luminaries such as the great British actress’ Sheila Gish and Dame Janet Suzman, Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz and Gerard Butler and local stars James Ncgobo, Fana Mokoena and Moshidi Motshegwa . Her many theatre credits in London include ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ on the West-end directed by Sean Mathias, ‘ The Cherry Orchard’ directed by Dame Janet Suzman, ‘Don Juan comes back from the war’ directed by Jo Blatchely, and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ directed by Judith Roberts.

She is also an experienced film and television actress and has appeared in the hit UK television series ‘Wire in the Blood’ opposite Hermione Norris and Robson Green.

Locally she has appeared in the Emmy nominated ‘Sokhulu and partners’ and amongst others ‘The Lab’,‘Home Affairs’, ‘Shado’s’, ‘Intersexions’ and ‘Jacobs Cross’.

Patricia played ‘Frosine’ and ‘Master Jaques’ in Sylvaine Strikes production of “The Miser” at the Market Theatre and the Baxter for which she won The Fleur du Cap 2014 and Naledi Award 2013 for Best Supporting Actress.

Patricia played the role of Mary in “The Testament of Mary” at the Joburg Theatre and the State Theatre and was nominated for a Naledi in 2014 as Best Actress for this one-woman play.

She also played the role of Nicole in “Cooking with Elisa” which opened to critical acclaim on the Main in Grahamstown and at Theatre on the Square in Sandton and for which she won the Naledi Best Actress Award 2015.

Most recently Patricia filmed in SABC hit new show "Sober Companion", as Carmen in SABC 3's new TV drama Comedy "Soap on a rope" and "Sue" in LOCKDOWN





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Sat 22nd Jul 12:30pm R400: Hurry! Only 7 tickets left!

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 23rd Jul 8pm R50 Sun 30th Jul 8pm R50 Sun 6th Aug 8pm R50

True Contemporary Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
Hosted by Lebogang Mogashoa
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. 
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.



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Tue 25th Jul 8pm R80 (R60 online)

Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
With Robbie Thorpe
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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As part of the extended Storytellers Program, we are excited to welcome back Robbie Thorpe for an expanded story: I GREW UP IN A CULT. 

Robbie Thorpe tells the story of his childhood living in Edenvale and growing up in a cult.
He’s still not sure which was worse.
A funny, tragic tale of both the ying and the yang.





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Thu 27th Jul 8pm R80

Improvisation • Running Time: 60 mins
Directed by Jess Taylor | Starring the Players from Causing a Scene
Warning: +16 Mature Content
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POPArt Productions and Jess Taylor proudly present the FIRST AND ONLY'S… So named because these one of a kind improvised shows will be seen for the first and only time on the night. Starring the hot improvising talents of Causing a Scene, each show is created on the spot to a loose story outline and whacky characters.




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Fri 28th Jul 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 29th Jul 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and performed by Soul Ink, Afro Faerie, Page Lotze, Portia Monama & Mamello Sejake | Directed by Hayleigh Evans & Alicia Skead.
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BACK BY AUDIENCE DEMAND! *One show only!*

There is a river. An endless flowing river in each of us whose balance is affected by the ever changing dynamics of our lives. 

HO NA LE NOKA is an exploration of the dynamics affecting a new generation of women- from politics to patriarchy, from sexuality to love- expressed through poetry, prose and verse. 





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Sun 30th Jul 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

A Game, Meets Talk, Meets Sketch format • Running Time: 60 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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“POPArt Theatre and Kiri Pink Knob collaborate to bring the J.Bobs Live : A Game Show Double Bill to audiences monthly in Maboneng”

POPArt is thrilled to a thrilled to announce that Kiri Pink Knob’s “J.Bobs Live: a Game Show Double Bill” will now form part of the regular program at the POPArt Theatre!

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. 

The Game Show Double Bill features two different styles of 15 min 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. 

“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. 




Book for J.BOBS LIVE - A GAME SHOW DOUBLE BILL by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Mon 31st Jul 8pm R100 (R80 online) Tue 1st Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
Adapted from Blacks of Cape Town by CA Davids | Adapted by Penelope Youngleson | Directed and Designed by Jade Bowers | Performed by Ameera Patel | Composed by Daniel Geddes | Production Co-ordinator: Lakin Morgan-Baatjies
Warning: 10+
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Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2016, Jade Bowers presents BLACK an adaptation of CA Davids’ Blacks of Cape Town by Penelope Youngleson (winner of the Standard Bank Gold Ovation award for Sillage). 

In the officious letter from the SA government, Zara learns that documents once sealed and implicating her father in an act which was committed against the anti-apartheid movement decades earlier, will soon be released to the public. The letter becomes the start of a journey into Zara’s past.

The narrative, in split chapter form, shifts between past and present – from New Jersey where Zara finds herself alone and displaced, to South Africa of the past and present. Her task is great and she grapples with constructing a history for herself and her family from between fragmented recollections and family lore.

JADE BOWERS DESIGN & MANAGEMENT specialises in directing, designing and production management for the stage. Jade Bowers Design & Management has co-ordinated the SA Theatre Season 2011, directed Juliet Jenkin’s THE BOY WHO FELL FROM THE ROOF and Rehane Abrahams’ WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME which received a Silver Standard Bank Ovation award and Naledi Nomination for Best Cutting Edge Production for UJ Arts & Culture. The following year they won another Ovation Award for TIN BUCKET DRUM by Neil Coppen. Jade is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre.

JADE BOWERS
Director and Producer
JADE BOWERS is a Capetonian living in Joburg, and was the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. She currently works for UJ Arts & Culture and runs her own production company: Jade Bowers Design & Management.

Jade graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology, and from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours degree focusing on directing and design for the stage.

She has been recognised by The Presidency as one of South Africa’s Young Achievers; was named one of AfriPOP’s Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa, and the 2014 Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT Award winner for Theatre. She has received Naledi nominations for Best Sound Design and Best Cutting Edge Production; and a Standard Bank Ovation Award for her production of Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum. She was awarded a Pitch Perfect grant at the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, to support the development of an online database for playwrights and theatre-makers.

Jade has worked as a production manager, stage manager, festival director (for WALE 4.0), theatrical rights administrator, director and designer. For more information find Jade Bowers Design and Management on Facebook, follow @jadeherself on Twitter and Instagram, or check out her website jadebowers.com.
 
PENELOPE YOUNGLESON
Playwright
Penelope Youngleson is a theatre maker, designer, writer, composer, stylist and educator working in Cape Town. 
She has won several awards with Philip Rademeyer and their company, Rust Co-Operative, and in her own capacity, including: the Best International Production at the Dublin Festival, Runner Up for Best International production at Amsterdam Fringe, panel selection at Afrovibes Festival in the Netherlands, two Standard Bank Ovation awards, 3 Silver Standard Bank Ovation awards – and a Fleur du Cap award. Rademeyer and Youngleson were also nominated for a Best New South African Script Fleur du Cap in 2016.

Her latest work, Sillage (a two-hander about whiteness and womanhood in South Africa), won a Gold Ovation Award at NAF 2016. It was only the fifth theatre production to be acknowledged with this honour since the inception of the Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival; and she is the second woman to achieve this. Her particular interest is South Africa-specific stories and has written 7 scripts in the last 4 years (Expectant, Nat, Full Stops on Your Face, Siembamba, Sillage, A Man and a Dog, An(T)oniem)  – all original works, all about and for and in praise of people from this country. She is currently a Bertha Fellow at the UCT Graduate School of Business, pursuing an MPhil in Social Innovation. Her specificity is in financial inclusion and sustainable practices of mentorship amongst at-risk girls and womxn in the public schooling system in the Western Cape. She runs an after-school programme working with vulnerable learners in Grassy Park and Lavender Hill called Drama Queens and is a guest facilitator at the Makukhanye Arts Centre in Khayelitsha. She was also named one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People of 2016. 

AMEERA PATEL
Actor
Ameera Patel recently received recognition as one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans. She is a storyteller at heart, jumping between the stage and the page with ease. Along with SCORCHED, she is also performing in WHISTLE STOP (Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award Award 2014 and PANSA New Writer's Award 2014) and RAT RACE, a family show for 4-6 year olds. Her debut novel OUTSIDE THE LINES published by Modjaji Books is currently on shelves. She is appears regularly on South African television, and will soon be appearing in a new sitcom SOAP ON A ROPE.




Book for BLACK by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 3rd Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Fri 4th Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sat 5th Aug 8pm R100 (R80 online) Sun 6th Aug 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Traditional African Storytelling • Running Time: 60 mins
Hosted by Baeletsi Tsatsi
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Story and Breath is a monthly storytelling show hosted by Baeletsi Tsatsi. Baeletsi tells traditional African stories with a different theme every month.

Love and Laughter tells stories of how love is often the result of laughter. But not always a laugh that roars all the way from the bottom of the belly, sometimes a laugh of scorn. Baeletsi will be telling a story from Southern Africa about the consequences of a love that knows no limits, A Kenyan story that tells of a courageous love whose results is not laughter but a mark in history. A Congolese story telling of the necessity to make an effort when loving and a West African story that’s says where there is love there is bound to be laughter. Baeletsi will also be continuing the Mwindo Series that started with The Son at during July’s Story and Breath. The stories will leave you with a fond love for the African continent and definitely laughing. 





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Sat 5th Aug 3:30pm R100 (R80 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written and Directed by Paul Noko. Performed by Matshediso Mokoteli.
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* WINNER : Best Production at the Baxter Zabalaza Play Festival in 2015

"Fruit follows the fraught life of a young girl from early childhood through to her formative years. Her experiences are commonplace in a country ravished by violence, and without any sentimentality she exposes her life and the lives of others to the audience.

The 14-year-old Matlakala lives in a community in Soweto. Her world and life are bound by the Nascrec Road and the road leading to Potchefstroom. A slip of a girl dressed in a floral sun dress, she sits on the stage playing with her companion – a large white plastic doll similarly dressed in a floral dress. Seemingly oblivious to the audience as they take their seats she talks with and scolds her doll. Once the house lights are dimmed she begins to create a world which will steal your heart" - Tracey Saunders

With paucity of means and outstanding inventiveness, this one-hander about the quest for lost innocence represents a theatrical tour de force … packed with emotion, some humour, and much to provoke thought long after exiting the theatre.’ Beverly Brommert, Cape Argus

'Matshediso Mokoteli in Fruit. An enchanting raconteuse, a doll, some stones, and a compelling script… no wonder Paul Noko’s Fruit has emerged as winner of the 2015 Best of Zabalaza Theatre Festival...A bland-faced doll named Lucy is the confidante to whom she imparts the experiences she has undergone growing up in Diepkloof, with the audience a secondary recipient of her revelations. Much of her extended monologue’s charm is due to its unexpected blend of naivety and uncompromising realism' -Grace Gouvias 

‘Powerful Fruit hits home hard … The whole piece is a wonder. It’s playful, heart-wrenching, elegiac, wry and funny in parts.’ – Robyn Cohen, Weekend Argus

’This play is awesome in all respects … technically proficient, well conceptualised, beautifully written and directed.’ – The Sowetan

‘With the writing and direction of Paul Noko, we were transported to an empty land, filled with broken people where nothing but hope survives … This piece of South African theatre is the kind of theatre I want my children to see. This is the kind of theatre of which we can be truly proud.’ – Thola Antamu, What’s On in Cape Town

'There are no bright lights or busy sets, but rest assured, this will be one of the most vivid and compelling productions you will see this year’ – Tracey Saunders, Cape Times 





Book for FRUIT by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 10th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 11th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 12th Aug 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 13th Aug 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)