Brighton Fest : The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults

 

Third World Television (Johannesburg)

The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults

Directed by John Trengove, written by Gwydion Beynon

'A refreshing piece of naughty fun that's as far removed from the heavyweight perceptions of South African theatre as you can get'  The Herald

Did you ever wonder what cats dream about when they're in heat? What happens when a butcher develops a taste for the most beautiful woman in the land? Find out in this weird but wonderful cross-cultural theatrical oddity, rooted in children's street theatre but definitely not for children...

Kamishbai is an ancient Japanese form of street theatre; traditional storytellers cycled from village to village telling stories using hand-drawn cartoon boards. Here the art form is given an hilarious, profane and utterly original revival in a cult show that has been a huge hit from South Africa to Edinburgh. In this colourful reinvention the tales are firmly for adults and run the gamut from the silly to the sublime. From pornography to epic poetry. From cannibalism to nuclear catastrophe.

Using simple but beautifully drawn images, Jemma Kahn conjures a frame-by-frame comic strip, a sort of live Manga cartoon that blends the traditional with the contemporary, aided and abetted by her sulky accomplice, Chalk Boy. Clever, funny and, in a silent story about the Fukishima tragedy, extremely moving, the beauty of the illustrations and the sheer verve of the language pays joyous tribute to visual and verbal storytelling.

This performance contains graphic images of sex and violence 

http://brightonfestival.org/event/2403/the_epicene_butcher_and_other_stories_for_consenting_adults/

£12.50 tickets + BFs, get your own.. Unreserved seats, so we can sit together.

We'll debrief with drinks/snacks etc in Carluccios or Ten Green Bottles afterwards.The play lasts 55 minutes in total.

 

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  • Diana L.

    Very pleased I went (Couldn't find you all...where were you?! :( !!)
    But somewhat underwhelmed by the show which I thought had great potential... just so much more that could have been done... (Hey, I'm a theatre director so am bound to have thoughts!)
    But thanks so much to Clive for getting me there !

    May 21, 2014

    • Clive H.

      Sorry that you did not catch up with us Diana . The last time I looked at the website yesterday eve, your name was not listed. You must have RSVPd just after. I left my mobile no in the comments below. I'll add it to the main text next time. See you next time !

      May 21, 2014

  • Trish

    I enjoyed meeting the group but I would have liked more variety in the presentation of the stories.

    May 21, 2014

  • Gill

    I enjoyed it immensely! It's so cleverly written! Thanks for organising Clive!

    May 20, 2014

  • Deborah

    Fantastic performance, one of the best Festival events for me.

    May 20, 2014

  • Diana L.

    boring question I know - but can I just get my ticket at venue?

    May 20, 2014

    • Deborah

      If there are still tickets available, you can book online and collect there

      May 20, 2014

  • Deborah

    See you there. Clive, I have taken the liberty to book a table in Green Bottle for afterwards, as they get busy during the Festival :)

    May 20, 2014

  • Clive H.

    My mobile no is 07967 944065. See you later! Clive

    May 20, 2014

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