Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Created and performed by Wandile A. Nodliwa and Mzamo B. Mkhombe
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Hostile Anonymous intrudes into the dark forest of terror in attempt to break out Bantu’s bondages, will he win?

The play follows a journey of Anonymous who is in search of his long–lost friend Bantu. He finds him, but is then faced with a challenge of brining him back to consciousness.

The play makes use of symbolism, repetitive quotes, poetry and movement/dance,  covering major themes of identity and depression, stemming from a combination of our upbringing, culture, media and political system. 


The title is ‘Iwisa-The Fist’ comes from the cultural value of the knobkierie (Iwisa) to the African tribe known as Nguni Tribe. It is said 79.4% of South Africans initiate from the very tribe, fathered by UMnguni. Iwisa is said to be made from one of the strongest trees found along the southern regions of Africa, a tree called Umsimbithi. Iwisa is used by men and young boys in ways of protection and cracking fruit and veggies to feed in.

The Fist is the signal of victory in our country and other neighbouring countries, and so we come with the name “Iwisa – The Fist”.


An actor, director, playwright and choreographer by profession, Nodliwa started his artistic journey in 2009 when he was only doing karate and school competitions, he then evolved to doing community theatre from 2011 till 2014, which has opened doors for him and gave him a glimpse of what the arts industry might be like. Thereafter, he went under Vusi Makhanya’s wing in dance training in 2015. He then took a leap of faith and enrolled at the Durban University of Technology for a National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies in 2016 and graduated in 2019.  Nodliwa has performed in various stages including the Stable Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre, Rhodes Theatre (Grahamstown), and Folkwang Theatre (Germany) amongst many more.  He has directed The Playroom written by Thandolwethu Zembe and was showcased at the Courtyard Theatre.   


Mzamo Brian Mkhombe is a 31-year-old professional actor, playwright, director, dee jay and a poet, amongst other artistic elements. He started his career in 2010 in Emuhle All Artists community theatre group and has performed in various stages including the Baxter Theatre, The Playhouse, The Market Lab Theatre, Catalina and the Folkwang Theatre in Germany. He directed Caged by Neil Coopen and The Brotherhood in 2018 which was performed at the courtyard theatre as his third year directing project. Done commercials as main for Game Store 2016 and 2017. 


Othembele Nomgca is an 18-year-old, born in the Eastern Cape from a small town called Flagstaff. He then moved to Kokstad to start formal school, this is where he got introduced to Sports such as Rugby and Opera Music. He took both these abilities with him through High school and got also involved with art through music. Some of the performances were held at Durban Playhouse Theatre (opera theatre) SASCE competition. At the age of 16 when he matriculated at Mount Currie S.S.S, he then enrolled at Durban University of Technology to study Drama and Production Studies in 2018. This is when performance arts have taken a major part in his life as he had been involved in the productions done at the Courtyard Theatre, most known play would be a Zulu production USIZA (2019). He is now doing his second year at Durban University of Technology. 

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Sun 15th Dec 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Stand up comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Phillip Dikotla Developed in collaboration with Phillip Dikotla and James Cairns
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After a successful season of #Skierlik, with rave reviews. This festive season, for one night only, Phillip Dikotla is back to his dirty tricks with his new show: Zero F’s Given – a Stand-up comedy experience with a twist. Developed in Collaboration with James Cairns. Its stand-up comedy done at the edge of a braking South Africa, as exciting as watching a comedian hackle a priest. A game show-like experience, with some audience participation, laughter, and prize giving.  


Phillip Dikotla - It’s literally what I think!  


Zero F’s (Given) forms part of the Phillip Dikotla Live: experience and series. A uniquely curated comedy bouquet, which features comedy experiences of a different nature, Ranging from sketches, puppet, game show, and stand-up comedy, by the accomplished comedian, and multi award winning performer, actor, writer -Phillip Dikotla.  Brought To you By FlipnFlap

Please subscribe to the YouTube channel: Phillip Dikotla Live to be the first to know when we launch the The Best of Phillip Dikotla Live – a stand-up comedy series.  

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Sun 15th Dec 7pm R140 (R120 online)

Music • Running Time: 70 mins
Abantu the People Ensemble : Twiggy Matintela, Khanyisile Ngwabe and Simphiwe Bonongo
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For those who have been around for the festive seasons at POPArt, you know we like to do things a little different while honouring some festive traditions...

Part one of our very secular Xmas celebrations brings you the fabulous new music ensemble ABANTU : The People with an African Xmas Carol.

Join us as as we pay musical homage to the season to be jolly with our very own Carols by Candlelight, and then some music that has nothing to do with Xmas at all. Do not miss your chance to catch these brilliantly paired vocalists with their interpretations of the Christmas Carol, as well as some original music

If you're staying in Jozi, we are ready to celebrate with you!

Book for Abantu : The People present An African Christmas Carol by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 19th Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 20th Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Improv • Running Time: 60 mins
POPArt Improv with special guests
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Part 2 of POPArt's very secular Xmas (and our final show for 2019) brings you an awesome improv extravaganza to entertain all of us poor folks left in Jozi. 

For 2 shows only, catch some of POPArt's funniest improvisers as we end the year on a high note.
Tony Bentel aka Selma Nella on keys!

Improvisors include Vanessa Cooke, Dintshitile Mashile, Phillippa Yaa, Ncumisa Ndimeni, Peter Thornhill, Hayleigh Evans, Toni Morkel, James Cairns,  Heather Van Niekerk and more

If you're still in JHB, we're with you! Come have some fun.

Book for Selma, Shirley and Dolly Parcan's Xmas Improv Extravaganza by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Sat 21st Dec 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 22nd Dec 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins

The "I wish I could make it but"... ticket is for all those who wish they could support the theatre programs more. 

We understand that time is short and that it is often difficult to get out of the house. This button is for exactly that! 

If you wish you could be there for a show, or just more in general, hit the I wish I could be there but... button. 

It's a mini donation and a way for us to subsidise complimentary tickets that we often distribute to those who can make it but often cannot afford it. If you would like your ticket/s allocated to a specific production to receive the proceeds, you can do so by replying to the confirmation email we send you. 

You are welcome to purchase as many tickets make up your donation amount 🙂 

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Mon 23rd Dec 8pm R100