"...flirtation with the avant-garde has matured into a romance..."

The Critter

Cellist With Rabies is a love story.

Director Jaco Bouwer and Jemma, both winners of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre have collaborated for the first time to tell a story about a woman falling in love with a virus. CWR is still picture-theatre, but it's slicker now. The erotics are still there, but no one really gets naked. Or do they? Big ideas. Tiny pictures.

"Does it get better than this? Probably not."

Siyandanorman112, Happy Festival Patron


  • Director

    • Jaco Bouwer

  • Writer

    • Jemma Kahn

  • Design

    • Rocco Pool

  • Cast

    • Jemma Kahn

    • David Viviers

Images © 2022 photos c/o Mark Wessels and NAF. poster design by Nicola Bouwer

Past performances

National Arts Festival

National Arts Festival

06/27/2019 - 07/01/2019

Grahamstown, South Africa

Alexander Upstairs

Alexander Upstairs

08/06/2019 - 08/17/2019

Cape Town, South Africa

Hilton Arts Festival

Hilton Arts Festival

09/13/2019 - 09/15/2019

Hilton, South Africa

US Woordfees

US Woordfees

03/06/2020 - 03/15/2020

Stellenbosch, South Africa