IN 2017 you were warned about the perils of believing everything naughty little Willy said about sweet-cheeked Macbeth. In 2018, The Three Little Pigs taught you that no matter the size of your ass (or any of your other jiggly bits, for that matter), you shouldn’t let just any old wolf tap it.
For the third instalment in their annual adult pantomime series, The Trolley Dollies™ are back in faux-fur animal Queendom, albeit shortsightedly, and this time they’ve got some fabulous eyewear to show off. Gate69 brings you The Three Blind Mice.
In a year headlined by Donald “The Golden Duck” Trump and his cousin in missing chromosomes, Boris Johnson, the team at Gate69 thought they’d stick with the theme of 2019 and keep things, well, BLIND! “Three blind mice, three blind mice, see how they run…” Remember that little ditty? Good! We’re going to stop you right there, though. These mice don’t run; they’re wearing high heels for heaven’s sake! They’re also seven feet tall and foul mouthed, so you can take that sweet little nursery rhyme and throw it out with the baby’s bath water.
Except for the bit about the farmer’s wife. Keep that in. She’s a vicious vixen with an alcoholic axe to grind and it’s most likely going to land on the heads or tails of three not-so-innocent blind mice. She’s hell bent on the demise of these robust rodents, even if it means hiring the help of a hunky, vegan, spandex-wearing-bodybuilder, who also happens to be a cat.
If you’re confused about what you’ve just read, don’t worry – so are the delectable Dollies! All that matters is that audiences are in for an inter-species romp set against the musical backdrop of the ’70s and ’80s and with a dash of Brexit.
The Three Blind Mice is written and directed by Gate69’s Christopher Dudgeon (Macbeth, The Three Little Pigs, NON-Specific) who also stars in the production as Holly alongside Brendan van Rhyn (Cathy Specific), Rudi Jansen (Molly), Tessa Denton, Kyle Jardine and Luke Jansen. Musical direction is by Melissa van der Spuy, choreography by Marc Goldberg, costumes by Organic Canvas and Tessa Denton who also designed the exceptional headpieces and wigs, bespoke eyewear by The Oculus, and lighting and sound design by Eastern Acoustics.
The Three Blind Mice runs into the festive season until December 21, 2019 with performances from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm and recommended arrival time at 6.30pm to meet Cathy Specific on the red carpet. Seats cost R520 to R599pp which includes the show ticket and a tasty gourmet tapas offering. Booking is online or by calling 021 0351627. PG18
PHOTO CREDIT: JUSTIN MUNITZ L-RHolly (Christopher Dudgeon), Cathy (Brendan van Rhyn, and Molly (Rudi Jansen)