Who’s Upstairs: Jazzara Jaslyn

Jazzara is one of the performers in Every Beautiful Thing, at Alexan­der Upstairs 14 — 23 May.

Microsoft Word - EBT blog.docHome town?
Cape Town.

Tell us a little more about Every Beautiful Thing?
A story between two sisters unfolds in the sterile environment of a hospital room. Jon Keevy’s writing isn’t easy to describe. It’s a balance of the ‘real’ – the stuff which hits you- with the incredibly poetic.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Discretion is everything (jokes we’re waiting on rights) and so I’m going to shamelessly name drop in the meantime: upcoming shows involve Christopher Weare, Mikki-Dene Le Roux, Alex McCarthy & David Viviers.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
The obscenity of playing a non-swearing character in a Louis Viljoen play.

How did you get into theatre?
I was 3 or 4. During the ‘audience participation’ part of “Noddy”, I was given bunny ears and could be part of the play for about five minutes. When asked to give the ears back, I refused, and sat on the edge of the stage until the show ended because I was still “in character”. My mom was then encouraged to send me to drama lessons…

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
If I could, I would invite the entire cast of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Maggie Smith, definitely, because she is my British icon and if she is anything like the Countess in Downton Abbey, she’s a win at the dinner table. And then Edith Piaf, my favourite artist : passionate and French. I think the conservative nature of Maggie and the explosive Edith would make for an amusing night. The table will me abundant with red wine and gourmet food. So gourmet that I cannot think of anything right now. I can’t cook. With the red wine flowing, maybe I could get away with a Steers takeaway from the Engen and they’d think it’s all the rage. A gourmet rage.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
The Power and the Glory. Cue, “Oh, you’re such a hipster”.

What excites you about theatre?
Luke Ellenbogen’s parcan lights.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Never interrupt Christopher Weare during a Technical Run. Especially when he doesn’t have a Coca Cola in hand.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
There are far too many “theatre people” whom I admire, who are all making sure theatre is alive and shocking and beautiful. That said, Louis Viljoen (I don’t think ‘should’ applies here, everyone is talking about you, you pervert). Alex McCarthy : a new theatre maker on the market who is constantly creating and inspiring new work. And finally, to punt my fellow favourite actor-friends: David Viviers and Nathan Lynn.