‘Aunty Merle’ a must-see

2018-05-01 06:00

Mark Lottering has produced an absolute winner with his first musical, Aunty Merle the musical.

For a three hour show, there wasn’t a dull moment. The scene changes were seamless, to hold your attention, the issues (and there were many) even though very sensitive, were addressed brilliantly in a deft and lighthearted manner that only Mark knows how to do. He was the glue that held the show together.

Even though the scene was about a coloured family, the musical has universal appeal. Everywhere in the world there must be a busy body aunty Merle.

What District Six was to the ’80s this show will be to 2018 and for decades to come. The show was brimming with great musical and acting talents, and on par with many Broadway musicals.

I have no doubt its going to make a hit internationally.Because the show was about a coloured family, what a pity in this rainbow nation, the audience was mainly coloureds. Theatre is an excellent way to teach the nation about one another’s cultures. If we don’t learn about one another, how are we going to get along as a nation in harmony.

If Porgy and Bess was playing, rest assured, people of all races will flock to see it at a premium, because it is American. We are a nation that does not take pride in celebrating its own talented stars.

What a pity that everyone will rave about the show only after it makes a hit overseas and I am pretty sure it will.

If you in for a night of laughter, l mean belly laughs, great music and some drama thrown in for good measure, go and see this show when it returns and drop your racial prejudices down. You will certainly come out entertained and enlightened.

Ellapen Rapiti Kenwyn

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