We Didn’t Come to Hell for the Croissants Review

Riverside Studios – until 4th February 2023

Reviewed by Heather Chalkley


Jemma Khan’s off the wall solo performance covers all the deadly sins, through clever story boards and often anarchic dialogue. Khan uses Kamishibai (“paper play”), a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling that was popular in Japan until the advent of television.

This combines with Khan’s physical presence, her gaze holding your attention, as she morphs into each character with the slip on of a necklace, jacket or trousers. Just as impactful the slipping off of the same and much more. The random smashing of fruit and vegetables serves as a short interval!

You are captivated throughout the 70 minute rollercoaster full of humour, shock and sauciness! It is a joy to watch an accomplished silver tongue suffuse the air with such unshackled abandon.