New takes on Shakespeare’s words in Maboneng this weekend


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This week, we go full tilt with the classics with a new takes on Shakespeare‘s words at both the Centre for the Less Good Idea and POPArt.

At POPArt, from Thursday – Sunday, Joël Leonard under the direction of Harry Adu Faulkner presents a conglomerate of hilarious skits that are based on the well known tragedy in “Joël Leonard does scenes from Hamlet”. Using the old themes, Joël Leonard explores the new world, in this roller-coaster of emotions, laughter and ridiculousness. Make sure you are there to witness (and book online for cheaper tickets).

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On Friday, for one night only, catch the much anticipated Umsebenzi Ka Bra Shakes which interrogates the use and relevance of Shakespeare, and indeed classic texts for South African performers, storytellers, makers, learners and audiences. It explores Shakespeare within culture and language contexts, raising questions around violence, masculinity and representation; creating from words and stories borrowed from Shakespearian texts and hopefully allowing something that is neither a South Africanised adaptation nor a translation to emerge.

Umsebenzi Ka Bra Shakes
Umsebenzi Ka Bra Shakes

Performed by Sibahle Mangena, Molatelo Maffa, Thulisile Nduvane, Aalliyah Matintela, Rachael Neary, Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi, Vusi Nkwenkwezi,  Michael Mazibuko, Lwazi Mayeki and Bongani Dlamini. Facilitated by Hayleigh Evans and Phala O. Phala. Created in collaboration with the cast. This Friday at 7pm at the Centre for the Less Good Idea. Direct bookings HERE.

We are also thrilled to host another work emerging from the brilliant season of 11 min epics at The Centre for the Less Good Idea with Katleho Sekhosna’s “Thabang”. The full developed piece will will premier at POPArt next week – book your time and your tickets now.

Saturday, 17 August also sees us celebrate our 8th birthday with another totally mad celebration! Catch the 9th annual 24 Hours in the City play festival at The Market Theatre Lab. All work made by over 30 fantastic collaborators in under 24 Hours will be on stage as part of the party! All proceeds go toward student bursaries at the Lab. Tickets available at

We would love to see you when you celebrate #ChooseLive with us!

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