The Epicene Butcher and other stories for consenting adults - 'Daddy's Little Secret (Best of Grahamstown Fringe 2012, South Africa)

South Africa’s National Arts Festival presents:

The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults                    
Through the Japanese medium of Kamishibai, artist and performer Jemma Kahn relates the tragedy of The Epicene Butcher, a man who died because he ate what he loved. Other stories include Japanese classics and unwholesome tales of immoderate desire. Expect beautiful pictures and horrible ideas.

Directly translated, kamishibai means ‘paper play’. It is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre where pictures are slotted into a “Punch and Judy” style stage and revealed one at a time with vocal narration.  As a form, kamishibai includes story telling, illustration and performance. There are less than 100 kamishibai performers left in Japan. Whilst living in Japan, Kahn studied kamishibai, under veteran performer Rokuda Genji.

Kahn and Rokuda wrote and performed collaboratively, most notably at the Atomic Bomb Memorial Day event in Hiroshima, 2009. In this production, the art of kamishibai is mis-used by the creators to tell stories of lust, violence and hysteria, the culmination of which is something not unlike an ex-patriots experience of Japan.

The show’s title story, The Epicene Butcher goes back to Japan’s Edo period (1603 – 1868) to tell the gothic tragedy of Japan’s most beautiful woman and most talented butcher.

Jemma Kahn – writer & illustrator, performer

Jemma studied Fine Art and Drama at Wits. She has been performing since graduation, most recently in Jane Taylor’s After Cardenio, Cape Town 2011. Her theater design could be seen most recently in Helen Iskander’s Planet B at the National Arts Festival. Jemma lived in Japan for 2 years, and now lives and works in Johannesburg.

Kahn, representing Greene’s soul, is superb… [she] commands our gaze like a kindly guide leading us through a hall of mirrors. - Steve Kretsmann reviews After Cardenio, West Cape News

What really makes the piece a success … is Helen Iskander’s direction of images, and the masterful set already mentioned. – Anton Kreuger, Planet B review, Cue

John Trengove – director

Johannesburg based director John Trengove studied theatre at UCT and completed a master’s degree in filmmaking at NYU. His career has spanned theatre, narrative film, documentary and various experimental works. In 2010 his mini-series Hopeville won the prestigious Rose d’Or award for best drama and was nominated for an International Emmy in the same year. 2012 sees him returning to theatre with two one-woman shows, The Epicene Butcher and So You Think You Can Love?

Gwydion Beynon – writer

Gwydion Beynon has written for television for many years with such shows to his credit as Jacob’s Cross, Zone 14 and Muvhango and. He began his career writing for community radio. This is his first time writing for theatre.


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Note of 316274****** on 15 September 7:45 PM
Good play!
Note of 316118****** on 15 September 6:33 PM
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Note of 316135****** on 15 September 5:56 PM
een hele verassende voorstelling, in een inspirerende omgeving en mooi passende muziek met veel nietsvermoedende figuranten.
Note of 316146****** on 15 September 5:46 PM
Sterk, verrassend en vernieuwend.
Note of 316558****** on 15 September 5:28 PM
Bijzondere voorstelling, heeft mijn stem!
Note of 316190****** on 15 September 5:27 PM
hank honk!
Note of 316198****** on 15 September 5:03 PM
heerlijk deze voorstelling passerende toeristen , voorbijgangers met open mond in de bus De actrice werd bijna versierd door 2 passerende m
Note of 316381****** on 15 September 4:13 PM
Note of 316168****** on 15 September 4:11 PM
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiceeeeeee way to get lost on a familiar square
Note of 316287****** on 15 September 3:57 PM
another excellent play by Inge!
Note of 316395****** on 15 September 3:39 PM
A wonderful distraction that reminds us of the wonder and fragility of our lives and our connections to each other
Note of 316150****** on 15 September 1:57 PM
heel mooie voorstelling, zo veel intimiteit op zo'n drukke plek!
Note of 316547****** on 15 September 1:35 PM
leuke voorstelling!!!!
Note of 316486****** on 15 September 1:32 PM
genoten intens
Note of 316200****** on 15 September 1:03 PM
Bijzonder theater waarin iedereen opeens een rol krijgt. Opent je ogen. Ontroerend.
Note of 316218****** on 15 September 12:04 PM
ontzettende mooie voorstelling uniek
Note of 316523****** on 15 September 10:41 AM
Note of 316416****** on 14 September 9:53 PM
indrukwekkend origineel theater
Note of 316435****** on 14 September 9:33 PM
hoezo briljant?!!
Note of 316516****** on 14 September 9:22 PM
Note of 316416****** on 14 September 9:22 PM
fantatisch goed stuk
Note of 316192****** on 14 September 9:21 PM
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Note of 316269****** on 14 September 1:57 PM
weer een prachtige voorstelling van deze talentvolle maakster!
Note of 316150****** on 14 September 12:46 PM
Ontroerend mooi theater, prachtige vertelling.
Note of 316234****** on 14 September 10:13 AM
Bijzonder concept, mooie vorm van theater. PRACHTIG. Ga zo door.
Note of 316121****** on 14 September 10:12 AM
A short history of Hank was te gek!!
Note of 316448****** on 14 September 9:41 AM
Eindelijk! Een echte voorstelling OP de 'entertainment area'! Prachtig
Note of 316110****** on 13 September 11:22 PM
a very interesting and nice performance!
Note of 316512****** on 13 September 11:01 PM
Gets my vote. No doubt.
Note of 316413****** on 13 September 10:38 PM
Super leuke voorstelling, echt een aanrader!
Note of 316493****** on 13 September 10:38 PM
Note of 316248****** on 13 September 10:31 PM
wauw, melancholie in hartje a'dam. Met als decor onverschilligheid: prachtig.
Note of 316242****** on 13 September 8:08 PM
Great show
Note of 316513****** on 13 September 8:52 AM
Note of 316589****** on 12 September 11:17 PM
Not a life changing play. An every day way we look at squares, streets and people changing experience. Plus theatre reclaiming Leidseplein
Note of 316546****** on 12 September 11:11 PM
Origineel concept!
Note of 316106****** on 12 September 9:50 PM
Originele voorstelling op intrigerende locatie.
Note of 316535****** on 12 September 9:50 PM
not so much an unmasking of the actor as an unmasking of everyone else
Note of 316218****** on 12 September 9:02 PM
Brilliant snapshot of the meaning of life.
Note of 316245****** on 12 September 8:56 PM
prachtig weer! The world is a stage! Goed gedaan, Inge!
Note of 316109****** on 12 September 8:02 PM
ontroerende, zeer originele voorstelling, het Leidseplein zal nooit meer hetzelfde zijn, H&S forever!
Note of 316229****** on 11 September 1:24 PM
Phenomenal!!!! Inge, you are a truly amazing and inspiring person. Incredible how you see things and translate this to beautiful theatre. Keep it up!
Note of 316228****** on 11 September 1:07 PM
Inge Wannet blijft fascineren met haar voorstellingen. Een prachtig intiem kijkje in het leven van Henk. Mooi, ontroerend, tastbaar, geweldig...
Note of 316151****** on 11 September 1:05 PM
Inge maakt altijd fijne voorstellingen!
Note of 316168****** on 10 September 9:24 PM
zeer ferm
Note of 316537****** on 10 September 5:59 PM
super, één van de betere stukken op het festival van 2013
Note of 316186****** on 10 September 5:57 PM
laat je anders waarnemen, prachtig!
Note of 316309****** on 10 September 8:07 AM
zeer sexy
Note of 316558****** on 10 September 12:22 AM
Move over Hank Moody. There is a new Hank in town!
Note of 316338****** on 8 September 10:16 AM
erg mooi stuk, goed verhaal, pakkende vorm - bravo voor de maker
Note of 316532****** on 7 September 4:58 PM
Geweldig origineel en creatief hoe Inge Wannet het decor van de voorstelling over durft te laten aan de onvoorspelbaarheid van de straat. Intens stuk
Note of 316180****** on 7 September 3:57 PM
serious goosebumps
Note of 316281****** on 7 September 3:50 PM
Note of 316832****** on 7 September 2:10 PM
geweldig mooie voorstelling O
Note of 316122****** on 7 September 9:26 AM
Henk schittert!
Note of 316216****** on 6 September 10:52 PM
ik vond dit heel erg goed!
Note of 316282****** on 6 September 10:23 PM
wat een prachtige voorstelling! Ontroerend en origineel! Aanrader!
Note of 316443****** on 6 September 9:52 PM
super mooi!
Note of 316234****** on 6 September 9:43 PM
still thinking about hank.. fijne voorstelling!
Note of 316362****** on 6 September 8:45 PM
goed en vernieuwend!
Note of 316285****** on 6 September 8:39 PM
Wederom een prachtige voorstelling van Inge!
Note of 316113****** on 6 September 8:30 PM
Note of 316538****** on 6 September 8:29 PM
really awesome show!! Make it a long history of Hank next time =D
Note of 316454****** on 6 September 8:29 PM
en voorstelling waarbij je bewust wordt van je omgeving, zeer ontroerend!
Note of 316534****** on 6 September 8:28 PM
heerlijk kijken naar de chaos op het leidse plein en realiseren dat iedereen een verhaalt leeft
Note of 316190****** on 6 September 8:28 PM
We like hank!
Note of 316418****** on 6 September 8:27 PM
prima setting!
Note of 316229****** on 6 September 7:53 PM
Hank is ontroerend goed!
Note of 316260****** on 6 September 6:02 PM
ik vond dit heel bijzonder (intieme voorstelling, die gaat over mensen)
Note of 316138****** on 6 September 2:57 PM
Mooie voorstelling op speciale lokatie!
Note of 316147****** on 6 September 1:04 PM
Fantastische voorstelling.
Note of 316266****** on 6 September 10:45 AM
Ontzettend mooie voorstelling.
Note of 316463****** on 6 September 9:32 AM
Zeer goede voorstelling.
Note of 316485****** on 6 September 9:26 AM
Note of 316169****** on 6 September 8:36 AM
Highly recommended show. Original and a great setting. You should definitely see this. My favourite!
Note of 316290****** on 5 September 11:46 PM
supermooie fijne vernieuwende voorstelling van de talentvolle maker Inge Wannet
Note of 316114****** on 5 September 11:40 PM
Ontroerende voorstelling!
Note of 316136****** on 5 September 8:26 PM
Geweldige voorstelling. Het Leidseplein komt op een hele andere manier tot leven!
Note of 316244****** on 5 September 8:24 PM
Wow what a nice and intense performance!
Note of 316155****** on 5 September 8:11 PM
compacter en daardoor nog krachtiger dan de voorstelling van vorig jaar.
Note of 316246****** on 5 September 8:05 PM
Credits Directed By: John Trengove // Written By & Conceived By: Gwydion Beynon and Jemma Kahn //  Featuring: Jemma Kahn
Genre Performance art / theater