The Emissary

Drama • Running Time: 45 mins
Written and Directed by Louis Viljoen | Starring Emily Child and Andrew Laubscher | Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen | Poster by Bruno Morphet
The Emissary is a dark study of a friendship rooted in a lie. Written and directed by Louis Viljoen (The Pervert Laura, The Kingmakers) and starring award winning actors Emily Child and Andrew Laubscher. While waiting for her long-term boyfriend to return from an extended stay overseas, Delia agrees to meet Douglas, her boyfriend’s best friend, in order to discuss the tensions that have been brewing between them since the beginning of their relationship. But one of them is hiding something terrible and this is the night when old wounds resurface and secrets are unearthed. What follows is an unnerving examination of two troubled people who think they know each other, but have no idea what awful things can lurk in the soul. 
Louis Viljoen is a Cape Town based playwright and director. He has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative “Anthology” which has had three successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for Champ (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura. Viljoen is currently the Writer In Residence for The Fugard Theatre.

Emily Child  

Emily graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed Cape Town based theatre troupe – The Mechanicals. Her work has garnered her numerous awards and nominations including the 2015 Fleur Du Cap for Best Actress for the role of “Laura” in Louis Viljoen’s The Pervert Laura last staged at the The Fugard Theatre. Other theatre projects include Lear, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Guy De Lancey, Champ, written by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas, which travelled to the Edinburgh Festival in 2013, as well as LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre and The Mechanicals’ co-production Urban Death, directed by Jana Wimer. Emily’s one -woman show, based on Dorothy Parker’s short stories, A Certain Lady was directed by Greg Karvellas and performed around Cape Town in 2014. Emily was recently seen at The Baxter Studio Theatre, Grahamstown and Hilton Festivals in Born in the RSA, directed by Thoko Ntshinga as well as Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre, directed by Greg Karvellas in February 2016. On camera, Emily’s projects include the SAFTA winning series pilot, Armed Response, BBC’s youth series Young Leonardo as well as the feature films Shirley Adams, directed by Oliver Hermanus and Beyond the River, directed by Craig Freimond, to be released in early 2017. 

Andrew Laubscher  

Andrew Laubscher is a Cape Town-based film and theatre actor. Some theatre highlights include Mirror Mirror directed by Geoffrey Hyland and written by Mike van Graan; As You Like It directed by Geoffrey Hyland; Cosi directed by Scott Sparrow; Antony and Cleopatra directed by Marthinus Basson; A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Guy de Lancey; Lovborg\'s Women directed by Chris Weare (Fleur Du Cap nomination for Best Supporting Actor); Mafeking Road directed by Tara Notcutt; A Comedy Of Errors directed by Matthew Wild; and Balbesit directed by Jaco Bouwer. In 2014, Andrew won the Fleur de Cap Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Riff-Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. Andrew\'s most recent work include Anthology: Anti-Matter directed by Louis Viljoen and the South African feature film Modder en Bloed. 

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