Emily Child

Parker Show Returns to South Africa with Longer Run

Emily Child
Emily Child
In 2008 we interviewed actress-playwright Emily Child about her South Africa show based on Dorothy Parker material. We are happy to report she is back, with a longer run with an updated version of her show. Below is the press release about A Certain Lady.

Directed by Gregory Karvellas and performed by Emily Child, A Certain Lady is based on the short stories of Dorothy Parker (with thanks to the NAACP for the use of Mrs. Parker’s work). The show will run at Alexander Bar, 76 Strand Street, Cape Town, beginning February 10, 2014. Duration: 60 minutes.

Based on the short stories of American literary icon, Dorothy Parker, A Certain Lady explores the heart of a woman in the 1920s. Through five interwoven stories, the play examines a woman of wit living in the Jazz Age and her relationships with men, whiskey and the waltz. Dry, dark and sarcastic, A Certain Lady says what we wish we could at a dinner party and what we never should say on the telephone. Directed by Greg Karvellas, the acclaimed director of Champ and The Frontiersmen, and performed by award-winning actress and member of The Mechanicals Collective, Emily Child, A Certain Lady is a painfully funny and unromantic look at romance, taxi rides and disobedient garters…

Emily Child graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting. Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed theatre troupe The Mechanicals, whose work has garnered her numerous Fleur Du Cap award nominations. Her recent work includes Shakespeare’s Lear directed by Guy De Lancey, Champ by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas which she performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, as well as Marc Camoletti’s farce Don’t Dress for Dinner directed by Steven Stead, which toured Johannesburg and Cape Town. In December 2013 Emily was part of LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground and Mechanicals’ co-production Urban Death, directed by Jana Wimer. On screen Emily can be seen in the online Mockumentary series pilot Armed Response which just won the best short film at the SHNIT International Festival.

Greg Karvellas is a UCT alumni who studied under Christopher Weare, Mark Fleishman, Liz Mills and Geoffrey Hyland. Greg has worked as a director, producer, actor and production manager in theatre, film and television for over ten years. He is the co-owner (with Louis Viljoen) of Dark Red Productions which has produced the plays The Abusers (director), The Bile Boys (actor), The Frontiersmen (director) and The Verbalists (designer), as well as the feature film Cowboy (actor). Greg also directed the hit play Champ, which ran at Artscape, the Fugard Theatre, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.

Tickets are R90 paying at the door. Pay in advance either online or at Alexander Bar the day before to get the special price of R80.


Mon 10th Feb 7pm
Tue 11th Feb 7pm
Mon 17th Feb 7pm
Tue 18th Feb 7pm
Wed 19th Feb 7pm
Thu 20th Feb 7pm
Fri 21st Feb 7pm
Sat 22nd Feb 7pm
Mon 24th Feb 7pm
Tue 25th Feb 7pm
Wed 26th Feb 7pm
Thu 27th Feb 7pm
Fri 28th Feb 7pm
Sat 1st Mar 7pm

Book securely online with a credit card for any show at Alexander Upstairs. The direct booking page for this particular show is alexanderbar.co.za/show/aCertainLady. You can also purchase tickets in person at the bar anytime during our regular opening hours (Mon – Sat 11am to 1am). For telephone bookings and enquires: 021.300.1652.

Alexander Bar & Café is located at 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD, 8001. Strictly No Under 18s due to the terms of our liquor license. Bar open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am til at least 1am. Sandwiches, light meals, cheese boards and snacks served til midnight.

For more about A Certain Lady, find the show on Facebook.

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