Past Event

The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults

Tue 20 May 2014

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.