I first met Marc Lottering back in 2009 when I was a Producer for the SABC1 show Spirit Sundae, and I can truly say that he is as down to earth in real life as he is on stage. His latest show has an aviation theme, and the characters that he portrays are cleverly linked to this theme. “This is Captain Lottering Speaking” is currently on at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Theatre and Studio. Mr Lottering never disappoints in the humour department, you’ll laugh so much, you’ll need tissues for the tears and smudged mascara!
If you’ve seen Marc Lottering’s other shows, you will know that certain characters re-appear. There’s the ditzy Galatia Geduld, the gossiping Aunty Merle from Belgravia Road in Athlone, Colleen, the permanent casual at till number 7 and Smiley the taxi “gaartjie” amongst others. The Cape Coloured lingo and colourful linguistic traditions, shall we say, make up a big part of Mr Lottering’s repertoire. He has a way of hitting the nail on the head, when it comes to satire and social commentary.
The one man show, although almost one and half hours long, never feels draining. As Marc correctly points out, you may want to take some Coloured friends along with you to explain the lingo, which is also sprinkled with Cape Malay sayings. Hearing my own accent made me home sick for Cape Town, I’m talking about that accent that is not flat (flet) and neither “rah rah rah” (as Marc would say) – just the sounds and voices that I grew up with.
The show runs until the 9th of November in Johannesburg, and there are only a few tickets left apparently, so best you book online via www.computicket.co.za – you and your funny bones won’t be disappointed.
The show then moves to back to Cape Town at the Theatre on the Bay from 11 to 29 November 2014 as well as the Baxter Theatre from 2 December 2014 to 10 January 2015.