Men, whiskey and jazz explored in ‘A Certain Lady’

Men, whiskey and jazz explored in ‘A Certain Lady’

Theatregoers can look forward to the one woman show ‘A Certain Lady’ in February. Starring multiple award nominated performer and Mechanicals Collective member Emily Child, the production can be seen at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre in Strand Street from Monday, February 10, to March 1.

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’ seeks to say 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’, the production is a painfully funny and unromantic look at romance, taxi rides and disobedient garters.

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’, which toured Johannesburg and Cape Town. On screen Child can be seen in the online Mockumentary series pilot ‘Armed Response’, which just won the best short film at the SHNIT International Festival.

Karvellas is a UCT alumni who studied under Christopher Weare, Mark Fleishman, Liz Mills and Geoffrey Hyland. He 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’, ‘The Bile Boys’, ‘The Frontiersmen’ and ‘The Verbalists’, as well as the feature film ‘Cowboy’. Karvellas 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.

* Performances are at 7pm nightly, and tickets are R90 at the door, and R80 pre-booked.
Book online at For telephone bookings and for more information, call 021 300 1652.
The Alexander Upstairs Theatre is situated on 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town.