The high art of developing theatre partnerships
POPArt showcases cutting-edge and experimental work by new voices to ensure the richness of South African theatre, writes Kgomotso Moncho-Maripane
The premise for the establishment of the POPArt Theatre and Performing Arts Centre is the creation of a space for emerging performers to create work and hone their skills. By offering an alternative to what is staged in the big Johannesburg theatres, POPArt showcases cutting-edge and experimental work by new voices to ensure a richness of South African theatre. It has now grown to incorporate work from established performers, creating a thriving artistic synergy. POPArt in 2017 partnered with spaces like The Centre for the Less Good Idea, University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture and the Market Theatre Laboratory on artistic work with the aim of creating access. For co-founder Hayleigh Evans, 2018 is all about strengthening those partnerships. "We realised there are so many spaces in Johannesburg that aren’t being used and programmed and need that kind of work," she says. "So we’re excited to have taken the first steps in doing that and that’s something we’ll continue to pursue th...