Jemma Kahn presents the final instalment of her kamishibai series.
Written by Tertius Kapp and Kahn, directed by Jane Taylor and performed and illustrated by Kahn with sound design by Charl Johan Lingenfelder and lighting design by Themba Stewart. Produced by POPArt Productions in association with the National Arts Festival, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity.
Using drawn images displayed on cardboard story panels, Kahn has spent the last four years captivating audiences from Alexander Bar to Edinburgh to Amsterdam with her unique take on the 12th century Japanese art form “kamishibai”. In Bocca Al Lupo premiered at the National Arts Festival 2016.
Kamishibai, translated as “paper drama” is an ancient Japanese form of street theatre. A method used for centuries by monks and itinerant storytellers traveling from village to village to tell morality tales to a largely illiterate audience, kamishibai is simplicity itself. Illustrated panels are revealed one at a time from a wooden box, accompanied by narration.
Venue: POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox St, Maboneng Precinct
Time: Wed to Sat 8pm | Sun 3.30pm
Cost: R110 – R130