Who’s Upstairs: Vianney Henry Farmer

henryfarmerVianney Henry Framer is the producer for bRENT: a Mobile Thriller in which he also stars, on at Alexander Bar from 24 March to 9 April.

Home town?
Namaqualand-Northern Cape

Tell us a little more about your show?
The Mobile Thriller series are immersive theatrical creations, set in a moving vehicle and audience members become spect-actors as they play along in completing the adventure! bRENT is the third installment to this epic feature. Audience members are taken on a journey where they experience first hand how some conversion therapists work, exploring some of the extreme measure soem of them would take in cleansing the earth…

And what’s next on the cards for you?
‘Porselein’ at the SA Sate Theatre, ‘bReNT a Mobile Thriller’ which will after its Cape Town run travel to Pretoria, National Arts Festival, Freestate Festival, and Johannesburg. ‘Om die beurt’ whixh showcased at Aardklop last year will travel to Pretoria, and I will also be acting in and producing a new show, ‘Aasvoels’, later this year.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
The fifth installment of the Mobile Thriller…I think it would be my greatest acting challenge!

How did you get into theatre?
My earliest memory is that of being in a psychiatrist’s office, because I was the first child in the family that spoke in different voices when playing with my trolls and mermaids. My family thought I was disturbed. The psychiatrist laughed and said I should be allowed to go on my imaginative adventures and it signify so creative mind, since then everyone knew I would pursuit the arts. I enrolled for drama at Northlink College, I was then selected to further my studies at TUT in Pretoria, where I obtained my Degree in Drama and Film. I founded VNA productions and have ever since continuously created work with Quintin Wils and his ever brilliant creations!

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Tina Turner aged 20, I’ll serve one of my famous pasta dishes, and for desert Brownies!
Tina Turner now, I’ll serve her my favorite dish, Gordon Blue with an extra helping of cheese!

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?

What excites you about theatre?
Theatre appeals to our senses, it allows us to go beyond ourselves. To escape the here and now, giving us sneak peeks into the unknown, dwelling into the past, forecasting the future, celebrating ourselves and reflecting our injustices. Theatre is a worthy journey both to the artist and their audience.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
I believe in the creative ideas of fellow artists and would pursuit project with all my being in order to create some of the finest art that forms part of SA’s wonderous theatre scene. My mistake was trusting that teams could continuously flourish, as a unit but some individuals made the creating process a strenuous thing – due to destructive behaviors. Thus resulting in broken working relations and friends being torn to shreds. I have learnt that being transparent and having honest communication about all aspects of production to all parties involved, goes a long way!

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Quintin Wills, Veronique Mensah, Herman Vorster, Phillru van Achterbergh, Kgoagelo Tshabalala, Christine Tesco, Cintaine Shcutte, Zethu Dlomo, Gcebile Dlamini and Patricia Boyer.