We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants (AFR)

4.81 (31)

We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants (AFR)

14 performances between Nov. 23, 2016 and Oct. 1, 2017
Kamishibai Storytelling (in Afrikaans)
Starring Jemma Kahn & De Klerk Oelofse • Directed by Lindiwe Matshikiza • Written by Tertius Kapp, Rosa Lyster, Lebogang Mogashoa, Nicholas Spagnoletti and Justin Oswald
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"Dis soos om by n Japannese burlesk show in die Royal Hotel op Beaufort-Wes in te stap waar ‘n S&M-konferensie gehou word." -  Beeld

We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants has been performed to great acclaim both internationally and locally winning a National Arts Festival Silver Ovation Award in 2015. For the first time Jemma Kahn performs her particular brand of the Japanese storytelling artform kamishibai now in Afrikaans (mostly)! 

Seven deadly sins...or actually six (we left out the boring one). Jemma Kahn and her side-kick De Klerk Oelofse use the ancient Japanese storytelling technique of kamishibai to tell six stories to seduce the sinless and astonish the immoral. It's an irreverent exploration of human weakness, cabaret, singing cats, orgiastic sex and everything in between. Definitely not for children. Unless you are a terrible parent.

Jemma Kahn se eerste Afrikaans verskyning met haar beroemde vertolking van die Japannese storievertelkultuur, kamishibai.

Sewe hoofsondes...eintlik ses. Ons het die vervelige een weggelaat. Ses-Suid Afrikaanse skrywers. Ses stories wat die sondelose verlei en die onsedelike verstom. Dit is ‘n rou vertolking van die antieke Japannese storievertelkultuur, kamishibai, in ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse konteks, verweef met ‘n vars en donker terugblik op eksplisiete orgiastiese seks, die dood, en alles wat tussenin skuil. Beslis nie vir kinders nie. Behalwe as jy ‘n aaklige ouer is. 

Audience Responses

Fuck. Wow.

Gabriela • Attended Dec. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

so original and small theatre at its best.

Lucy • Attended Dec. 2, 2016, 8 p.m.

Brilliant! Love the story board concept, incredibly well delivered and beautifully illustrated. Enjoyed the comfy new theatre chairs too!

Sarah • Attended Dec. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

absolutely phenomenal, to captivate an audience for with such brilliant storytelling is a true gift Jemma Kahn is sensational and Roberto Pombo a delight

Lois • Attended Dec. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

This was the second time we've come to watch the show. Not that we are stalkers or anything,we did bring our friends this time. I wanted them to see one of my favourite shows this year.We had a fantastic time! Jemma Khan is brilliant, and Robert awesome too.

Julie • Attended Dec. 3, 2016, 8 p.m.

Fantastic story-telling, combined with an air of uneasiness and much laughter!

Gordon • Attended Dec. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

I've seen the show before and loved it and I'm always getting other people to see it. This time, I think I got about fourteen tickets for my friends to watch the show. I just assumed the show would be in English (because it was the last time I saw it). One of my friends did ask me if the show was in Afrikaans and I was adamant. No. Never. I've seen Jemma Kahn and she has quite a strong Anglo-Saxon vibe. Long story short I'm an idiot, I didn't see the big "(AFR)". But the point of this is that we all still really enjoyed it. The Kamishibai form of storytelling traverses the language barrier somewhat and it feels like a privilege just to be part of the audience. Thank you. I really hope that wasn't the last time its ever performed.

Deepa • Attended Oct. 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Practically perfect, in every way.

Gabriela • Attended Dec. 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Absolutely amazing. You never disappoint. Thank you for a great time!

Zizke • Attended Dec. 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Very funny and very talented!

Esta • Attended Dec. 2, 2016, 8 p.m.

Absolutely brilliant! The best and most innovative piece of theatre I've seen in ages. Loved it!!

Ian • Attended Dec. 2, 2016, 8 p.m.

Jemma is fearless and brilliant and I am so happy to not only have caught this show but introduced Kamishibai to someone who is now also a fan. She should do more of these!!

Donna • Attended Dec. 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

I thought seeing it twice was enough. Apparently not...

Drew • Attended Dec. 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Innovative storytelling, thoroughly enjoyable!

Brad • Attended Nov. 30, 2016, 8 p.m.

It was fantastic! Bloody marvelous!

Marike • Attended Sept. 30, 2017, 8 p.m.

It was very good but I preferred the content and quality of The Epicene Butcher stories.

Jayshree • Attended Dec. 2, 2016, 8 p.m.

Absolutely hilarious and brilliant out of the box theatre

Pieter • Attended Nov. 25, 2016, 8 p.m.

Awesome show! Keep us the good work guys.

Jana • Attended Nov. 27, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Actress was brilliant & actor supported exceptionally well ... great night out!!!! ...... didin't give 5 stars because I felt some of the sketches in the early parts were a bit dull .... sorry Mike Fisher :)

Michael • Attended Dec. 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

Actors were young, but good! The show was relatively abstract and eccentric (as the name implies). I thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommend it. Sexual connotations and focus, makes it a requirement that you go in with an open mind.

Tamsyn • Attended Dec. 4, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

I ducking loved it. But I'm a biased reviewer.