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#SBYA2018 artist for Theatre, Jemma Kahn, returns to POPArt this November

Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre 2018 returns to the POPArt Theatre for the final performance of In bocca al lupo in Johannesburg.

It’s been an incredible journey for artist and theatre practitioner, Jemma Kahn – from her breakthrough performance in The Epicene Butcher in 2011 to being named 2018‘s Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. Having first performed The Epicene Butcher at the POPArt Theatre in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, she returns to the theatre this November, following this prestigious announcement, to perform the third instalment in her Kamishibai trilogy, In bocca al lupo for the last time in Johannesburg. Using simple, but beautifully drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Jemma Kahn has spent the last five 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 (Rooiland), with all 160 illustrations drawn and painted by Kahn, the production is complemented 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 (Ubu and the Truth Commission). 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. “We are honoured to have been part of Jemma’s amazing success story as an artist and are thrilled to be able to host a production of this calibre at our theatre,” says POPArt creative director Hayleigh Evans. “While the run at POPArt will close the Johannesburg chapter of this production, we cannot wait to see what Jemma will produce next! We highly recommend that all audiences jump at the opportunity to engage with her outstanding work and, in particular, this beautiful story while it’s on at POPArt.” In bocca al lupo will play from 29 November – 3 December at POPArt in the Maboneng Precinct.


9 – 13 May at 8pm | 29, 30 November and 1 & 2 December at 20:00 | 2 & 3 December at 15:30.

Tickets are R150. Block rates available for groups over 10pax | Venue: POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg | Tickets available at: | Running time: 70mins

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