South Africa: Aunty Merle, It's a Girl! Marc Lottering's Genre-Busting Celebration of SA Diversity


Beneath the chaos of everyday local and global politics, ordinary people get on with their lives. It is in this intimate domestic realm that Marc Lottering finds the humour and tensions that make South Africans who they are. His new musical slots comfortably into the #strongertogether movement and is a delight.

Disclaimer: The writer and Marc Lottering have a long association dating back to 1997 and the artist's first show, After the Beep, a production for which this writer dressed the artist in a black T-shirt and camouflage tights. The author also admits to writing a glowing review afterwards.

It's tough being a European at the moment - or an American, or Brazilian or a Zimbabwean for that matter. Actually, it's tough being alive anywhere in the world at present.

It took my two European companions (they're Belgians, but identify as Europeans) who accompanied me to the rousing opening night at the Baxter Theatre of Marc Lottering's Aunty Merle, It's a Girl! to remind me of just how unique and precious the production is.

You would not, they informed me (and one of the Belgians is one of the most-celebrated playwrights and authors in Europe and beyond) see...

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