Theatre review: The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Claire Smith
Two girls are on stage, dressed in Japanese street fashion. One has pink hair, a bright mini dress, patterned leggings and huge platforms. The other is a cartoon schoolgirl, in black and white with her hair in bunches.
Curiously they are not Japanese but South African. Their show is a series of stories, presented in the Kamishibai style. Kamishibai are traditional storytellers who cycle from village to village telling stories to children using a series of hand-drawn cartoon boards.
Pink-haired Jemma Kahn studied with storyteller Reduka Genji. But for the international festival circuit she created stories aimed at adults.
There’s a story of a butcher who wanted to eat the woman he loved and a pornographic cartoon about seduction. A potted history of South Africa is told in Japanese while the story of the Fukishima nuclear disaster is told in silence.
In between stories the black-haired one gives it attitude, scowling, blowing bubble-gum and writing on a blackboard.
Kahn’s delivery is a bit overblown and slightly jarring at times – but her drawings are fantastic and the Kamishibai-style works well, even in translation.
Until 26 August. Today 7:20pm
Originally published in The Scotsman