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The Market Theatre Laboratory hosts an exciting October programme at the Ramaloa Makhene Theatre. Here’s what you can expect:

01 October: BRUSHES and BOTTLES

Lab alumni Siphesihle Gcebile Fakude will host her very first BRUSHES and BOTTLES event at 13h00 in our Sarafina rehearsal studio. A paint and pour affair, where you can step into your creativity with colour, wine, laughter and pure delight.

Tickets cost R300 per person and is inclusive of painting materials, 2 glasses of wine and snacks.

For ticket bookings visit webtickets.

4, 5, 6 & 8 October: BIG COMEDY LIVE FEST 2023

Joburg audiences should brace themselves! The BIG COMEDY LIVE Fest features a lineup of pivotal underground gigs that keep the comedy scene alive – all brought to the same festival and stage.

  • Wed, 4 October at 7pm : “UNTOLD! The Bigger Story”
  • Thurs, 5 October at 7pm : “Women Who Kill”
  • Friday, 6 October at 7pm : “Shakers Comedy Extreme : Borderline Offensive”
  • Sunday, 8 October at 3pm : “Phillip Dikotla – Killing”

Tickets are available at R200 per programme, and at the door for R300 per programme.

For ticket bookings visit webtickets.

11 – 14 October: 4 CUPS

4 Cups, written and directed by Leanetse Seekoe, is a montage of monologues told by four women who share their experiences of being black women in South Africa. In this play, the girls learn to become women in a world of traditional patriarchy and racism.

All shows start at 19h00 and on Sunday 15h00. Tickets are available at R100 a ticket.

For ticket bookings visit webtickets.

20, 21 & 22 October: SUITCASE PIECES

The 2023 second year students of the Market Theatre Laboratory are all packed up and ready to travel! As the end of year nears, they are in the process of creating what will be their first professional works that can easily fit into a single suitcase.

Suitcases Pieces are an invitation to witness some newly devised and adapted works ready to be taken on the road. Experience these unique theatrical works as graduating students prepare for their new journeys as professional artists.

Look out for further details which will be released soon.


This third and final instalment for the year, curated by Nondumiso Msimanga, will host The Beloved Collective. Nondumiso’s curated programme will invite us all to look deeper into what it means to be a vulnerable, living artist in South Africa and provoke us to question the risks of the exposed artist.

The Theatre Think Tank instalments, funded by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), serve as an exploration and reflection on the wealth of knowledge enacted, embodied and performed by practitioners in the arts and culture field. They are designed with the intention to organise this knowledge and make it accessible to the greater community.

Save the 26 October in your calendar!

Tickets to be released on webtickets soon look out for further details.


The Writing on the wall is a poetry showcase that aims to put up the best spoken word artists on stage, to present their 30 – 45 minutes showcase with the theme “The Writing on the wall”. Curated by Siyambonga Mdubeki and Masai Sepuru, this upcoming performance will be presented by Nue Sam.

Show begins at 15h00, tickets are available at R150 a ticket.

For ticket bookings visit webtickets.