Who’s Upstairs: Kiroshan Naidoo

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 4.57.46 PMKiroshan Naidoo is performing in Anthology: Young Bloods at Alexander Upstairs from the 15th to 26th of March.

Home town?
Pretoria

Tell us a little more about your show?
We’re currently doing three short plays by young writers based in Cape Town/Stellenbosch. The way I interpreted the first play “Coma Null” by Louis Roux, is that it’s about an artist that is losing/lost his mind with a lover that is trying to hold on to him. It’s quite an absurd take on this subject matter. The second play, “Reparation” by Ameera Conrad is a political satire that tells the story of South Africa in the future where the EFF has won the elections and the country demands for one white person to be sacrificed. I play a career driven presenter that won’t let anyone or thing get in the way of him nailing this event. Lastly “Eat, dear” by Kei-ella Loewe tells the story of two friends trying to come up with a story, which erupts in an absurd nonsensical comedy.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I’ll be doing two shows at the National Arts Festival. Fabulous Nothing written by Callum Tilbury directed by Blythe Linger and the People Beneath our Feet written by Katya Mendelson and myself directed by Blythe Linger.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I would love to dabble in more TV and Film.

How did you get into theatre?
Well I started acting in high school and eventually started presenting on Mnet’s Ktv and then decided to study acting at UCT.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Nelson Mandela (a good Durban curry)
Alexander the great (McDonald’s)

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Any theatre or movie house.

What excites you about theatre?
The idea that anything can happen, it’s live. As well as feeling a characters trajectory throughout the play.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
New theatre company’s like Hungry Minds Productions which are focused on new work, artist development and creating sustainable paying work for artists.