Tinstaff. Pictures: Supplied

Two black boys fall in love at a stifling Catholic boarding school in the Britney 2000s. An unmissable exploration of queer, black teen romance in Africa.

Penned by Lebogang Mogashoa, who’s hilarious and truthful storytelling has placed him on Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young list, this solo show is directed by one of the theatre’s directors, Hayleigh Evans. Mogashoa also wrote Jemma Kahn’s provocative spaghetti romp, We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants.

His intimate storytelling has received rave reviews since he started telling first-person stories over five years ago. Of his previous solo show, The Real Dirt, Broadway World’s David Fick wrote: “Mogashoa draws his audience closer and closer as he tells stories that strip away the bandages we all use to dress our deepest wounds. 

His storytelling becomes one of the most profound acts of compassion I have witnessed in a long time, onstage or off. It is proof that theatre can heal what many other things cannot.”

The writer/performer counts among his many followers the author Lauren Beukes, who recommended some of his earlier shows.

Tinstuff uses the romantic comedy style to tell a teenage, coming-of-age story in way it has never been told. And it’s all real.

The production is 55 minutes long and will run for a two-day preview session at the PopArt Theatre in Maboneng, before heading off to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival from June 28 to July 2 at the Masonic Back venue.

For more information on the production and tickets visit: www.popartcentre.co.za.