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Fasten your seatbelts, bitches!

Newsflash! The Trolley Dollies will be back on stage at Gate 69 soon! I had just finished dusting cobwebs off my sequinned clutch when a note full of promise and covered with magic dust arrived. This is what it said:

As you may have noticed, we’ve been dead quiet on social media in recent months. When the world is making a deafening racket, sometimes the only useful contribution one (or three) can make is to temporarily hold your peace.

F”or three mouthy bitches like us, that was no easy task. Thankfully, that time has come to an end because the Trolley Dollies are bursting at the seams with unspoken shade, rage and newly reinstated alcoholic trade!

Gate 69 is one of Cape Town”s very best nights out! Highly highly recommended!

Cathy Specific

In their brand new  show, “Big Sister – A Musical Tweet”, the girls dish the dirt (as they see it) on the alarming events of the past few months; whoever said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned never met a drag queen inconvenienced.

The opinions expressed by The Trolley Dollies may not be popular, but we know you’re thinking the same thing, bitches!

Gate69 has survived the Corona storm and we cannot wait to welcome you on our red carpet. So, put your ultra-PC sensibilities in the closet for one bloody night, pitch up at the Purple Palace and let your hair down!

What a great way to bust out of lockdown!

More info and to book tickets

A little taste of what you can expect, from 17 November 2019 …

More first-class silliness
from the Trolley Dollies

There are a lot of extras on the latest flight of fantasy from the Trolley Dollies – new cast members, some very impressively choreographed, well-rehearsed dance numbers, even eyewear from Oculus  – but Three Blind Mice is also the classic, trashy, first-class fun we have come to expect from the rudest and brassiest of broads, Cathy Specific, Molly and Holly.

Three Blind Mice is classic, trashy, first-class fun from Holly, left, Molly and Cathy Specific. Photograph by Pat Bromilow-Downing

Who can say what possessed Christopher Dudgeon (aka Trolley Dolly Holly) to base this year’s adult panto on the nursery rhyme of the same name, but he certainly doesn’t limit himself too much by the connection with a children’s story. There is no good clean fun to be had at Gate 69, as we all know too well.

The plot, in true panto style, is essentially just a vehicle for outrageousness and deep belly-laughs.

Tessa Denton as the farmer’s wife.
Photograph by Pat Bromilow-Downing

The farmer’s wife, with whom the three rodents have a nasty run-in, is a boozy blonde, a would-be-bombshell, a straight version perhaps of the trashy bimbos the statuesque drag queens are forever poking fun at.

There is violence, alcoholism, a spandex-wearing, dancing cat and a dog called Balles (who has also lost something important to the farmer’s wife’s knife) and SA’s sexiest eyewear brand, Oculus, but the real stars of the show are the dollies and the cheesy pop songs from the 70s and 80s, irresistible stuff that has the whole audience singing along.

This is classic Trolley Dollie fun that will make you forget all your troubles. Expect to wake up the day after taking life a little less seriously. Outrageous, rude and brassy as hell, these three 7-foot drag queens will have you smiling and singing along for days.

The Three Blind Mice is written and directed by Gate69’s Christopher Dudgeon, who also stars in the production as Holly, alongside Brendan van Rhyn as Cathy Specific and Rudi Jansen as Molly, as well as Tessa Denton, Kyle Jardine and Luke Jansen.

Meet Cathy Specific on the Red Carpet

Musical direction is by Melissa van der Spuy, choreography by Marc Goldberg, costumes by Organic Canvas and Tessa Denton (who designed the headpieces and wigs), bespoke eyewear by The Oculus, and lighting and sound design by Eastern Acoustics. 

The Three Blind Mice plays until 21 December 2019 with performances Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm. Get there early (6:30pm) and let Cathy Specific make you feel like a queen (like Elizabeth II) on the red carpet. Seats cost R520 to R599pp, which includes a tasty gourmet tapas dinner.

Booking is through or tel 021 0351627. PG18 (absolutely!)

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