Who’s Upstairs: Emily Child

EMILY 2 LOEmily Child stars in Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, on at The Alexander Upstairs from the 25th of January to the 13th of February at 7PM.

Home town?
Johannesburg ( But I have lived in Cape Town for 10 years so now I think it’s actually Cape Town.)

Tell us a little more about your show?
Contractions is a dark comedy that explores the terror and inevitability of the corporate world. It questions what you will do for your job and what your job already does to you.
It smacks you in the face and makes your gums bleed but you will like it.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Unemployment I’m afraid. And maybe a cheese sandwhich.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
At the moment, Contractions. I really can’t sleep.
Otherwise I would love to do another Shakespeare. Titus Andronicus is my favourite right now.

How did you get into theatre?
When I was about 14 I realized that the stage was the one place I felt ( ironically) most myself and at home. After school I studied Theatre and Performance at UCT and I have fallen more in love with theatre every year that I am lucky enough to work in it.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Dorothy Parker and Albert Einstein. I would give them lots of whiskey and hope they fall in love. Imagine those children.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Little Ethiopia! Best food on the planet.

What excites you about theatre (or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
I guess it’s the unpredictability of it . Every show is different. I mean I once did a show and a dog was sitting in the front row. In a handbag. Wearing a newspaper as a hat. I didn’t expect that.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Never start a conversation in the wings just before you are supposed to go on. You will miss your queue and cut out half the play. ( Sorry Scott Sparrow)
Who do you think people should be talking about?
I can’t wait to see The Kingmakers at the Fugard Theatre in Feb/March this year. It’s written and Directed by Louis Viljoen. He is one of my very favourite writers.