Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Lillian Tshabalala, Kitty Moepang and MoMo Matsunyane
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Dating in the 21st century is so easy yet so hard. 

DICK OR DATE? is a dramatic comedy that takes you on a love journey with three close but very different friends: Nelly (a hopeless romantic and social media fanatic), Ashley (a privileged young lady who exclusively dates white men) and Maggie, real name, Magogodi (a sex obsessed serial dater who doesn’t believe in love).  

Where does a girl go to find her “Perfect man” in this instant world of hookups and how does one “put themselves out there” without looking too desperate? What would happen if women used all the platforms they had available to them today; to date as extensively as they wanted to without judgement? How does one find love organically in 2018 when it’s readily available online? 

These are some of the themes the play explores through the whirlwind that is making the choice whether to just dick or date.  

Book for DICK OR DATE? by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 21st Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 22nd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 23rd Feb 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 24th Feb 3:30pm R140 (R120 online): Hurry! Only 15 tickets left!

Comedy • Running Time: 120 mins
SA's Top comedians

#theboxcomedy is a monthly stand up comedy gig hosted at the POPArt Theatre on the last Sunday of every month.

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!

Always big names, always a party. Check our social media for this week's line up. 

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Sun 24th Feb 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 our first event for 2019 - it's another awesome SLAM edition. 

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

The theme is : High School Stories (everyone has one)

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 

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". He has recently received a SAFTA nomination for writing on "The Herd"

Book for SERURUBELE : The Storytellers Series: Slam Edition by clicking this button:
Tue 26th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Written by Xolisa Ngubelanga | Directed by Simphiwe Kaya.
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Fire, capable of both disaster and cleansing, has proved to be the oppressed people’s weapon of choice during protest and has become characteristic of the South African struggle. A detained student leader uses fire to connect the trials of FeesMustFall with that of his father during the state of emergency.

Flamebook premiered at the National Arts Festival and is a 2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award winning theatre production for excellence. 

On 22 September 2017 the Port Elizabeth City Hall will be marking 40 years since it was burned by a fire of unknown course. 06 September it will be 40 years since the detention of Steve Bantu Biko in Port Elizabeth. Does Steve Biko’s detention and later death have anything to do with the burning of the Port Elizabeth City Hall? No official account of the fire has confirmed or denied this.

However, as artists and creatives Biko has given us a task: “Part of the approach envisaged in bringing about “black consciousness” has to be directed to the past, to seek to rewrite the history of the black man and to produce in it the heroes who form the core of the African background.” Biko

Flamebook is a theatre performance that reinvestigates these incidents to see if there is any probable connection between them.

More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzIKLUtctsE

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Thu 28th Feb 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 1st Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 2nd Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 3rd Mar 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)

Dance • Running Time: 60 mins
Performer: Xolisile Bongwana | Choreography: Xolisile Bongwana & David April | Artistic Direction: David April Dramaturge and Text: Katleho Sekhosana | Supporting text and narrative: Xolisile Bongwana Music: Original compositions by No-Finish Dywili, Xolisile Bongwana and Elvis Sibeko Sound Engineer: Zain Vally Costumes: Lebo MerryK and Sinta Spector Acknowledgement: The work was incubated at the The Centre for the Less Good Idea Photography: Zivanai Matangi
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Original Concept: The work is based on discussions held between Xolisile Bongwana and David April who were keen to explore their cultural roots. The piece has subsequently evolved into Bongwana delving into his personal journey...

POPArt is thrilled to be presenting this work for a short run following the pieces's incubation at The Centre for the Less Good Idea in November last year.

Book for “Mnquma “ - in quest of intersecting narratives to connect with our roots – Bayasibiza. by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 7th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 8th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 9th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 10th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Running Time: 90 mins
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POPArt presents New Nights with Tats Nkonzo

Artists are interviewed by comedian, musician and 'SA's got talent' host, Tats Nkonzo and present new material that they are working on (finished, unfinished or unreleased)

Enjoy an intimate show with no phones, only an unpredictable night of magic.

10 March : special guest Loyiso Gola 

Tickets are R 100 online and R 120 at the door.

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Sun 10th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Written by Ashraf Johaardien | Performed by Ashalin Singh | Directed by Niquita Hartley | Mentored by Jade Bowers
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"Theatrical magic"

Cape Argus

"Ground-breaking theatre"

Cape Times

“There is an active intelligence in Johaardien's writing, and he has a sharp ear for the dialogue of the street. He neatly counterbalances the serious and the humorous”



NZLEE Productions presents Ashalin Singh in Ashraf Johaardien’s award-winning play SALAAM STORIES directed by newcomer Niquita Hartley under the mentorship of Standard Bank Young Artist alumna and Naledi Award-winner Jade Bowers.

Set against the historical backdrop of the Cape slave trade and the Malay diaspora in South Africa, Johaardien’s award-winning play has been performed in London, New York, Amsterdam and all over South Africa. 

According to Nigel Vermaas, “SALAAM STORIES is no religious tract; it’s a carefully constructed cultural entertainment. Although Johaardien is serious about Muslim issues, there are lots of laughs; most of them gentle … some treading into the territory of Kaapse vaudeville.”

Through artful storytelling, the playwright focuses themes of identity, history and group belonging through an intimately personal lens taking audiences on a journey across the Cape Flats to Robben Island – and then to and from Bombay – back in time, to the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese. Moving fluidly through multiple timeframes, a colourful community of characters is conjured to life from the recesses of memory, history and imagination.

SALAAM STORIES 2019 is presented with support from the National Arts Council of South Africa.

“There have been several incarnations of SALAAM STORIES internationally but it is significant that nobody else has ever been granted the rights to direct, produce or perform this particular version,” comments Standard Bank Award alumna Jade Bowers who previously directed the play. “That’s because the solo version of the play has, up to now, only really existed in relation to Ashraf’s own identity as a creative and cultural being.”

Ashalin Singh graduated from Wits University in 2011 as an actor, writer and director. He has performed in a number of stage and television productions, most notably, the dramatic series MISHIKA SHIKA, John Kani’s production of OTHELLO, Reza De Wet's DIEPE GROND and SCORCHED by Wajdi Mouhad.

Niquita Hartley made her debut as a performer at the age of 13 in THE GUITAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD by Themi Venturas. She also performed in the original production of SALAAM STORIES at Spier and in subsequent productions of the play at the Baxter Theatre and the University of the Western Cape and at the Cape Town Book Fair. The 2019 revival of the play marks her debut as a director.

Book for SALAAM STORIES by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 14th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 15th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 16th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 17th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

A Games show meets Sketch format • Running Time: 120 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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Eita holla!
Lovers of game shows, quiz shows, talk shows and current affairs- this one is for you! It’s the freshest, coolest live uniquely Mzansi game show double bill and we bringing it to you once a month at the POPART theatre.

This month:  Battle of the Advertisers

Let the games begin!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be mesmerized by madness and swept off your feet by your own knowledge.

***Winner of Standard Bank Ovation GOLD award at National Arts Festival 2018. 

***Nominated for Freshest show, Fresh performer and Fresh creative, Cape Town Fringe 2017.

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. 

Book for J.BOBS LIVE : Game Show Double Bill : Battle of the Advertisers by clicking this button:
Sun 17th Mar 8pm R100

Theatre • Running Time: 60 mins
Performed by Toni Morkel. Directed by Sylvaine Strike. Created by Sylvaine & Toni
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Back for a return season following a SOLD OUT run in 2018!

It has a name… But CK spends her childhood convinced that she’ll be committed if anyone finds out… so she counts… Counts to contain…


Toni and director, Sylvaine Strike, have woven together a compelling narrative exploring the life of fictional character, CK, a little girl burdened by the pathological carelessness of her parents. CK goes through her journey with her loyal dog, Luigi, who is always by her side, keeping cavey as she digs through everything carefully.


The material for Cottonwool Kid is garnered and loosely based on Toni Morkel’s autobiographical material.

R120 online. R 140 at the door. R 100 block booking 

Booking is advised. 

Book for Cottonwool Kid by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 21st Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Fri 22nd Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sat 23rd Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online) Sun 24th Mar 3:30pm R140 (R120 online)

Comedy • Running Time: 60 mins
Keith Scott
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(One man’s war on the War on Drugs)

In this ‘hit’ show, Doctor Scott Is Psycho-Active, medical doctor and drug law-reform activist, Keith Scott takes a humorous and enlightening look at a serious subject – the drug laws and the so-called War on Drugs – a conflict that is really a war about drugs, on people.

Keith describes his own curious experiences with drugs as an infant, as a child, as an adult and as a doctor.
He takes the audience back to the origin of humans’ relationship with psychoactive drugs; how they boosted the development of the human brain; their relationship to religion; the role of the colonial powers as the first drug cartels; and the disastrous effects of the Drug War - a bizarre and futile conflict that was declared and directed by the United Nations – an institution created specifically to prevent wars!
Keith Scott’s sardonic take on this grim subject infuses his show with a serious amount of light-hearted humour and hilarious gags that keep the audience amused and engrossed from the first to the last ‘hit’.

Keith Scott is a medical doctor, comedian and drug law-reform activist who has practiced in South Africa, the UK, New Zealand, Botswana and had a porthole view of the rest of the world while working as cruise ship doctor.
His current interests are medical-themed comedy and drug law reform - two subjects that he has brought together in his latest show Doctor Scott is Psycho-Active. He earned his comedy stripes doing stand-up comedy in Cape Town clubs and performed his first one man show, Free The Fetus, at South Africa’s National Arts Festival. With a long standing interest in drug law reform he co-founded the South African Drug Policy Initiative (SADPI) in 2018.

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Sun 24th Mar 8pm R140 (R120 online)

Theatre • Running Time: 55 mins
Directed by Kirsten Harris Adapted from Stephen Kotze’s original text Featuring: Jake Nathane and Lethabo Bereng Lighting design: Barry Strydom
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Fasten your wigs and lock up your partners… Blaq Widow is back and on the prowl… her venom is 15 times more powerful than that of the rattle snake. Brace yourselves for an unexpected visit from Blaq Widow’s long time friend, Queen Bling. 

Prepare to be assaulted by glitz, glamour, blinding colour and glitter. Get ready Jozi because we have lip synching, heel wielding, pageant prancing slay kweens on offer!

You won’t see her at Monte Casino Bird Park or Zoo Lake on a Sunday for that matter, but you’ll definitely find her rehearsing her new show Born Mapunapuna at POPArt from Thursday - Sunday… Not even Emil can save this technical rehearsal. 

Read what the Critter had to say here: http://thecritter.co.za/born-naked/

A tribute to Thapelo Makhutle, you will always be remembered. 

Book for Born Naked by clicking the button of the date and time you wish to attend:
Thu 28th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Fri 29th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sat 30th Mar 8pm R120 (R100 online) Sun 31st Mar 3:30pm R120 (R100 online)