The Epicene Butcher and other stories for consenting adults


The international cult hit The Epicene Butcher comes to The Drama Factory - the first time this beloved show has been seen on SA soil in five years. Performed over 400 times around the world, the much awarded and much loved cult show introduced South Africa to Jemma Kahn and her unique theatre style. 

Come and see the deployment of a 12th Century Japanese Buddhist story-telling tradition known as kamishibai to tell 7 startling pop stories. The show is a mash-up of manga, sex, gothic horror and mainstream popular culture using hand-drawn illustrations and luscious narration.

Annie Lennox 'Jemma Kahn is brilliant. I came away with my mind slightly blown.'

Third World Television and Assembly'Completely absorbing. You will be reminded why you loved being told stories as a child and wish that there were more opportunities for you to be told stories like this as an adult. A must see.'

Winner ARGUS ANGEL Brighton Festival 

The Epicene Butcher was the first collaboration between three people who have gone on to great success. John Trengove (director) is best known for his film The Wound (2017) for which he won the coveted First Feature Award at the London Film Festival, among many others. Writer Gwydion Beynon is the creator of South Africa's most popular TV dramas and telenovellas including The Queen, The River and The Herd, with numerous SAFTAs to his name. Jemma Kahn won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2018. The trio continue to be great friends as they conquer the industries of film, television and theatre.

There are up upcoming performances of this show available to book now. Browse here for other shows.