Who’s Upstairs: Amelia Vernede

Amelia_V_HR-1 cropAmelia Vernede is starring in the physical theatre drama Cannibal Country, on at the Alexander Upstairs from 15 – 20 February.

Home town?
I spent my childhood in Jo’burg but I am a Capetonian.

Tell us a little more about your show?
Cannibal Country is a play about a dystopian South Africa. We hope to look at some truths about our beautiful country with our very own mixture of up beat physical theatre and good old realism. Prepare to meet some great South African characters.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I have spent most of 2015 in London acting in theatre and breaking into film. This year I will be going back to pick up where I left off. I hope to tour new work in festivals around the UK and Europe and continue creating and acting. The ultimate goal is to be able to act in both London and Cape Town.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I have always wanted to be in an action movie. It’s the physical theatre of film right?

How did you get into theatre?
I have been doing theatre since I could walk and talk. I used to rope my whole family into performing half hour long nativity plays every christmas with the most complicated scripts I could muster. My love for the stage and creating characters never went away.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
That’s a tough one. I think I would invite J.R.Tolkein and Shakespeare. Tolkien has the ability to create the most magical worlds and Shakespeare creates the most detailed of characters. Maybe I could get them to collaborate? I would feed them Pad Thai.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
I love walking up random paths in Newlands forrest until I am completely lost and have to find my way back before the sun goes down.

What excites you about theatre?
I love how a team of people can come together and create something out of nothing. Its alive in front of you, any time, and place, any one and then it just disappears. Its the closest we get to time and cross-dimensional travel. It’s magic.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?

Who do you think people should be talking about?
I think the class I graduated UCT with in 2014 are worth talking about. In the year since we have graduated I have seen people grab Cape Town by the horns and show them what they have to offer. Look out for the Paper Cut Collective as a group and as individuals. They are making relevant and thought provoking theatre. Watch out for the beautiful class of actors of 2014 on your T.V and in theatres all around the country.