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November 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 9, 2017 @ 9:00 pmR120
Soli Philander’s Nice Coat is about – as he puts it – his Cape Town. It was born out of a desire for a narrative about Cape Town – the place of his birth, his youth, his heart – that didn’t serve a political agenda, wasn’t an exercise in attracting tourists and did not disregard the daily, stark realities so many Capetonians trying to survive, have to embrace.
Philander is adamant about the unique ‘sound’ of Cape Town – ‘there is a rhythm to it, a beat’ – that he maintains is the essence of being Capetonian. In his conservations about, his criticism of and his tribute to Cape Town, he seamlessly plays with word and intonation, idiom and phrase, rhyme and reason, to engage mind, memory and emotion in a delicately humoured hour-long rhyme.