Who’s Upstairs: Stefan Erasmus

Stefan is a lead actor in Ashes, on at Alexander Bar 4 – 20 June

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Tell us a little more about your show?
ASHES follows the life of a young gay man. It explores his small-town upbringing, his entrance into adulthood and the excitement and thrill of first love. A sudden event ruptures the world of the characters, forcing them to pick up the pieces in the void that remains.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
My one man show one day that is still only in my head and not yet on paper.

How did you get into theatre?
I took drama at school and then studied Theatre and Performance at UCT and from then it was just networking that got me a great deal of the way.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
It would probably have to be my grandparents, they played an important part in my history, I never got a chance to meet them. I have only heard heroic stories of their love and selflessness. I guess I would just serve them a good old home cooked meal and a pot of tea.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
I’ve really started to take a liking to Kloof street, you can often find me walking around there looking for a coffee shop.

What excites you about theatre?
It’s difficult to articulate that feeling of excitement. If I had to use one word it would be electrifying.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
The biggest mistake I’ve made is thinking that ‘I need to do things alone’. I have learned that there is no shame is asking for help or advice. People are always willing to help and there is no need to go into something alone.

What do you think people should be talking about?
Ways to make independent theatre more sustainable in this country.