It’s SA season in Edinburgh

The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories For Consenting Adults
“Lo-fi, high concept Japanese story telling” sees Jemma Kahn use the ancient Japanese art form of Kamishibai (paper play) to perform seven eclectic stories that take in divergent themes such as enlightenment, pornography and the dream life of cats. Four stars from the The Herald.

Cadre
A new political drama by South African playwright Omphile Molusi, whose play Itsoseng won a coveted Fringe First in 2008. Co-produced by Market Theatre of Johannesburg and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the play has been described by What’s On Stage as as “rough, tough little epic” that is “stunningly well conveyed”. Molusi uses his protagonist, Gregory Modise, a Pan Africanist Congress activist, to explore issues of land, race and humanity.

Janet Suzman in Solomon and Marion. Photo: Ruphin CoudyzerJanet Suzman in Solomon and Marion. Photo: Ruphin CoudyzerVoices Made Night
Magnet Theatre, one of South Africa’s top physical theatre companies, has adapted the short stories of Mozambican writer Mia Couto. Four stars from Broadway Baby, whose critic says it is “a precisely energetic, provocative piece of physical theatre which suggests rather than clarifies, probes rather than resolves”.

Three Little Pigs
This taut psychological thriller was the pick of the fringe at the Amsterdam Festival in 2011. A “delightfully twisted” collaboration between multi-awardwinning artists Tara Notcutt, Albert Pretorius, James Cairns and Rob van Vuuren. The List says it’s an absorbing hour of theatre.