Actor, Director and Filmmaker
Currently based in Johannesburg, Jemma Kahn read Fine Art and Drama at the University of the Witwatersand and then spent two years as a teacher of English in Japan. It was in this context that she learned kamishibai -- an illustrated story-telling theatre medium, which draws on ancient Japanese traditions. Kamishibai has had a strong influence on Kahn’s theatrical productions, which she has performed extensively both nationally and abroad, including The Epicene Butcher and Other Tales for Consenting Adults and We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants, among others. Her first theatre work, however which she staged in 1999, demonstrated her gift for working with an unconventional and exciting understanding of theatre. The work was entitled The Animals, and its script was devoid of human language.. Her first film Somebody You’ve Already Painted Many Times from Memory (2016) will be screened alongside her new film, premiering at The Centre for the Less Good Idea.