Amateur Hour!

Running Time: 50 mins
Directed by John Trengove | Written by Gwydion Beynon | Starring Glen Biderman-Pam and Jemma Kahn
16 S V L

Though it never saw the critical success of anything else anyone involved with the play has ever done, Amateur Hour! must be someone’s favourite show, it must be...

Amateur Hour! - a loving celebration of rank amateurism - is coming out of retirement. The production premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2013 where it won nothing and played to befuddled houses from Cape Town to Perth (twice).  

★★★★½  "Only artists with an encyclopedic knowledge of performance, theatre and comedy could deliberately stage a show so gloriously shambolic."  - The West Australian, Fringe World, Perth


John Trengove, director

John Trengove is a South African film director, known for The Wound (2017),a controversial film which tracks a closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual. The film premiered at the Sundance film festival, and won best feature at Frameline, Sarasota, Valencia and Taipei Film Festivals. His short film, The Goat (2014), premiered at the Berlinale Film festival in 2014 and went on to screen at over 40 film festivals worldwide. Trengove is the recipient of the prestigious BFI Sutherland Trophy for Best First Feature. In 2010 he directed the miniseries Hopeville, which was nominated for an international Emmy and received the prestigious Rose d'Or for drama. Trengove occasionally directs theatre, including the cult hit, The Epicene Butcher (and Other Stories for Consenting Adults) (2012). John lives with his husband in Johannesburg and São Paolo.

Gwydion Beynon, writer

Gwydion is a writer and producer based in Johannesburg. He is co-founder of Tshedza Pictures, responsible for some of South Africa's most popular and critically acclaimed television including the creation of The Republic, The Queen, Rockville and Igazi. Their latest offering The River won 11 Saftas in 2019 and was nominated for an international Emmy for Best Telenovela (he and his partner Phathutshedzo Makwarela are said to have invented the South African Telenovela genre). They are also well known for being the first team to produce television in Xitsonga - Giyani: Land of Blood. In 2012 Gwydion wrote the cult hit The Epicene Butcher (and Other Stories for Consenting Adults) going on to have an illustrious career in independent theatre, writing for the likes of James Cairnes, Toni Morkel and The Centre for the Less Good Idea. In addition to his television work, Gwydion teaches writing in Johannesburg. 

Glen Biderman-Pam, performer

Glen is an actor, director and comedian. Since making his professional comedy debut in 2013, Glen has appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central on multiple occasions, as well as SABC 2’s Late Nite Talk Show, Bantu Hour as well as Blacks Only and WTF Tumi. He has been nominated three times for the Savanna Comics Choice Awards. He has performed internationally at the Perth Fringe World Festival, Brighton Festival and the Leicester theatre. Locally, he performs regularly all over Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. In July 2016 he was selected to play at the prestigious Cape Town Funny Festival at The Baxter Theatre. Glen's performance highlights include Somewhere on the Border (2011) Bad Jews (2016) and the Showmax hit Tali's Wedding Diary (2017). He lives in Cape Town. 

Jemma Kahn, performer

Jemma Kahn is a theatre maker based in Cape Town. In 2018 she won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre. She has performed her unique brand of visual theatre, based on the ancient Japanese kamishibai, extensively throughout South Africa as well as in the UK, Holland and Australia, garnering numerous nominations and awards. Some highlights of her work include The Epicene Butcher, We Didn't Come to Hell for the Croissants, In bocca al lupo, The Borrow Pit and Cellist with Rabies, shows in which she collaborates extensively with theatre-makers, writers and visual artists. In 2020 Jemma was announced as the first curator of the new Courtyard Playhouse (formerly The Alexander Bar)  in Cape Town.

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