One of Cape Town’s new queer venues worth a visit is GATE69 which is situated on Bree Street and is an intimate 80-seater theatre that prizes itself on world class entertainment, delicious mezze cuisine and unparalleled service. And its all true. Plush and ornate, the downstairs bar is perfect for those who wish to enjoy a pre-show drink or wind down after a performance.
The face of Gate69 and your hostess each evening is our own glamorous Cathy Specific, South Africa’s aviation goddess. Being greeted at the door by this 7ft, busty blonde bombshell is an experience to remember and reason enough to return!
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the perfect production to introduce Gate69 to Capetonians and we went and had a peek.
Hedwig’s story is about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German trans singer (Hedwig) who assumes a female persona after a botched sex change operation that was performed to allow her to marry an American man and escape East Germany.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch explores Hedwig’s life and complex gender identity.
The show stars Paul du Toit (The Rocky Horror Show, Same Time Next Year, Binnelanders, Backstage) and Genna Galloway (Grease, Showboat, Noah of Cape Town) and is directed by Elizma Badenhorst.
The show is highly entertaining but… If you had seen overseas productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch one can’t help but get the feeling that the show was “toned” down a little for South African audiences.
The dark, raw, harsh Hedwig as portrayed by John Cameron Mitchell (the creator of the show) in the UK originally, is all but gone and instead the South African Hedwig focused on more lighthearted details. That being said, the music production makes up for it and South Africa’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch makes for a great night out experience.
The production runs until the 27th of November 2016 and the ticket price include a welcome drink, mezze platter, hot bread service and dessert.
Bookings are via the box office on 0715892915 or www.gate69.co.za. Strictly no persons under 16 years of age.