“The third installment of Jemma Kahn’s acclaimed kamishibai theatre series to join the professional theatre program at the brand new Ramalao Makhene Theatre”
Following its premiere at the National Arts Festival 2016, and sold out runs at fringe venues in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, Jemma Kahn’s third installment of kamishibai theatre, ‘In bocca al lupo’ will enjoy a two week run at the newly built Ramalao Makhene Theatre at the Market Theatre Laboratory from 9 -21 May this year.
Using simple, but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Joburg to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on the 12th century Japanese art from ‘kamishibai’. “The effect is like watching a sort of live manga cartoon”, says Kahn. Her previous productions ‘The Epicene Butcher’ and ‘We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants’ have seen her collaborate with South Africa’s top theatre and visual art talents and both productions have travelled the globe to audience and critical acclaim.
‘In bocca al lupo’ completes a trilogy of kamishibai stories with a graphic and candid and whimsical personal journey across three continents featuring a giant cicada, a naked Catholic (or two) and one golden surprise. With this production, Jemma has once again brought together an incredible team of creative collaborators to illuminate this story. Written by Jemma Kahn and Tertius Kapp, with all 160 illustrations drawn and painted by Kahn, the production is complimented by an exquisite soundtrack by Charl Johan Ligenfelder, costume design by Ella Buter and lighting design by Themba Stewart, brought together under the direction of Jane Taylor. The production is produced by POPArt Productions and Jemma Kahn in association with the National Arts Festival and the Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity.
The production has already received wide audience and critical acclaim as a joyous and utterly original tribute to visual and verbal storytelling, hence its graduation to the main stage at the newly constructed Ramalao Makhene Theatre at the Market Theatre Laboratory. The theatre is part of the new Market Square premises where a program of professional productions will integrate with the Market Theatre Lab student program. All proceeds from the opening night performance will go toward a student bursary for a Market Theatre Lab student.
‘In bocca al lupo’ will play from 9 – 21 May at The Ramalao Makhene Theatre in Johannesburg, after which it will play from 29 May – 10 June at The Alexander Bar in Cape Town.