Who’s Upstairs: Ilana Cilliers

illanawordpressIlana Cilliers is performing in the a live reading of The House of O at Alexander Upstairs on the 3rd of April.

Home town?
Stellenbosch

Tell us a little more about your show?
The House of O is a contemporary reimagining of Hamlet, highlighting Shakespeare’s ongoing relevance to social issues, including the current political situation in South Africa

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Strategizing for a township theatre project

And the project you’re dreaming of?
One with lots of hi-tech microphones, cameras, projectors and interactive media. I love technology, but it’s not always viable to have hi-tech shows in South Africa

How did you get into theatre?
As the first grandchild on both sides of the family, I think I got too much attention as a child 🙂 The moment we could do auditions for choirs, musicals and plays at school, I was there! My parents are very much into art, music, theatre, film etc. and exposed me to these things from an early age. I just loved it all.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
This is hard for me. I don’t really like having dinner with strangers. Is Merlin the Magician a historical figure? Whoever I invited would get fillet steak, unless they were vegetarian, in which case they would get my amazing lentil and mint salad.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
I quite like Sticky Fingers in Observatory. And that little jazz bar, Tagore’s.

What excites you about theatre?
All the stuff that can’t really be put into words. The immediate feelings that live experiences inspire.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Making big life decisions based on somebody else’s needs. It’s not sustainable.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Wolf Britz. He’s well-known as a lighting designer, but his directing is really fresh. Certainly not an imitation of anything else around. Socially and environmentally conscious. And brave.