Who’s Upstairs: Jemma Kahn

Jemma Kahn of The Epicene Butcher and We didn’t come to hell for the Croissants fame, is back at Alexander Bar with her latest project in Kamishibai theatre In Bocca Al Lupo, on at Alexander Upstairs from 30 January 2017 – 11 Febraury 2017

Home town?
Johannesburg

Tell us a little more about your show?

This is also a kamishibai show, but with bigger pictures, only one (long story) and more sad bits. But it’s not too sad. 

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I’m making my second short film.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
My third short film! Hopefully with a big budget. There’s no money in theatre and even less in video art. I’m downwardly mobile.

How did you get into theatre?
When Mrs McCabe took me into the costume room in Standard One I was smitten. It’s a shame because theatre is a callous, callous bitch.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Oscar Wilde and Sharon Needles. I would serve a surrealist meal I once heard about: chicken with ball bearings. We could roll them around in our mouths whilst enjoying after-dinner absinthe (to soothe us).

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Despite what a lot of Jo’burgers believe, Cape Town is full of lovely people. My favourite spot is near them.

What excites you about theatre?
Clown stuff, travel.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
Work ones. I never learn from the heart ones.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Dean Hutton