Kiri Pink Nob has launched an exciting Summer Programme at Pop Art in Jo’burg’s hip Maboneng Precinct, this October.
Writer, performer and director Jefferson Tshabalala via his production company, Kiri Pink Nob, is shaking up the local theatre scene, which is part of a new wave of South African theatre revolution. His aim is to get township arts into the spotlight.
“We tend to think the only good theatre takes place in ‘posh’ suburban theatres. I want audiences to discover the invigorating arts scene and professionally run theatre productions which are emergent in the townships,”
It’s called ‘lokasie’ or ‘kasi’ theatre and it’s being born and staged inside slick theatre venues in townships like Alexandra.
“Our aim is to invite productions to our kasi theatre venues and take kasi theatre to venues beyond the townships,”
“There is a large and passionate theatre audience existing in Alex who have to travel far to enjoy theatre, so it is imperative we finally bring the theatre circuit to them.”
It was this idea that inspired him to create the project Kiri Goes Kasi, an umbrella project which Tshabalala and Kiri Pink Nob, in partnership with Ntshieng, began as the pilot for this new township arts tradition. And, debuted with Tshabalala’s aptly titled Location / Lekeyshini / Lokasie at the beginning of last month.
Following on the heals of Kiri Goes Kasi’s success, the theatre production company kicked off its first Summer Season, on Monday 1st October, with the double bill Game show, at trendy Pop Art in Maboneng..
“It’s a gameshow meets talk show meets sketch show of epic proportions,”
The Season will continue through to December in various venues in Gauteng and audiences can expect exciting works across the spectrum as Kiri Pink Nob has been known to produce everything from classic drama pieces to hard-hitting hip-hop theatre and sketches voicing relevant issues of today.
During the month of October Sketching Hard – a variety of skits, short comic scenes and sketches popularly known as community theatre - is on 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th October. Venue to be confirmed. uBhoboza,presented by Kiri Pink Nob and Theatre Duo with AFDA Johannesburg, is a Hip-Hop Musical Extravaganza and will be performed on 11th, 12th and 13th October at the University of Johannesburg, and then at the University of Pretoria’s Kopanong Student Arts Festival on 20th October. The Performance Fitness Club are at Emakhaya, Wits University Corner- 13th Floor on the 13th, 15th and 20th October.
Then in November the Summer Season goes back to Pop Art in Maboneng with Game show, on 5th and 6th. uBhoboza is performing again on the weekends of 9th and 10th as well as 16th and 17th. Venue to be confirmed. And on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th some thrilling ‘poetry in performance’ titled Poet.O.Type will take audiences into the very underbelly of South Africa’s art-house circles. Venue to be confirmed.
Watch this space to catch this thrilling new wave of theatre from the ‘kasi’. Tickets sell for R80.00 and you can book via Webtickets and R100 at the door