'Kahn makes her London debut and it is long overdue...we hang on her words like a hat on a hook' - Broadway World, ★★★★★
'There is something mildly shocking and heady about [this show]. It is all over too soon: we feel as though we have been thrown delicious after-dinner morsels and we want more.' - The Guardian, ★★★★
The cult hit We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants has been performed hundreds of times around the world. In it seven stories by seven renowned South African writers are consummately told and illustrated, running the gamut from orgiastic sex to death to cats with trust funds and everything in between. Everyone who wrote a story for We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants has gone on to win a Pulitzer. Or gone to jail. Bring your kids! LOL! Don’t. This show is strictly for adults.
Jemma Kahn has been captivating audiences for ten years, from Cape Town to Edinburgh to Amsterdam to Adelaide. Using hundreds of hand painted illustrations and a virtuoso voice, Jemma’s twisted take on the ancient Japanese art from ‘kamishibai’ is quite unlike anything else. She’s been described as “having the charisma of an old Hollywood starlet”, and her work variously as “live manga”, “theatre for the internet” and “like going to a BDSM conference in a tiny village bar” - but frankly there’s no way to describe quite what it is that she does. Cabaret storytelling. Art clowning. Whatever it is, Kahn is an undisputed master and we are thrilled she’s finally coming to London.
'Kahn is magnetic and we cannot take our eyes off her.' - Everything Theatre, ★★★★
Cast and Creatives
Cast: Jemma Kahn
Director: Lindiwe Matshikiza
Written by: Nicholas Spagnoletti, Justin Oswald, Tertius Kapp, Jemma Kahn, Rosa Lyster & Lebogang Mogashoa
Artwork by: Jemma Kahn, Carlos Amato & Rebecca Haysom
“Jemma Kahn is brilliant. I came away with my mind slightly blown.” - Annie Lennox
“Kahn’s perfect mix of cheap thrills and dark humour ensured there was not a ticket to spare.” - The Critter, Cape Town Fringe Festival
“Kahn has the charisma of an old Hollywood starlet, and to be a member of her audience is to be in a state of enchantment for a full 60 minutes.” - WhatsoninCPT
“This is hard stuff, putting yourself out there. But Kahn has always been that girl.” - Dianne de Beer, iOL Cape Town
“It’s a shame we haven’t seen as many South African acts at Fringe this year; their talent, and the savagery of their insight into their country, and, by extension, our complacent acceptance of our security and privileges, is something we, and our performing artists, can learn much from.” - ★★★★ David Zampatti, The West.au