Soli Philander's 'Nice Coat' is about - as he puts it - HIS Cape Town. 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 in surviving must embrace.
Fuelled by the desire not to defend or deflect accusations levelled at The Mother City - her detractors on the inside and out - or wallow in the praise and pride from those enamoured by her, but rather to provide another view, another 'take', another conversation about the place he calls home, and his experience of it.
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 observations about, his criticism of, his tribute to the place he calls home, 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.
When asked 'why?' about the rhyme, Soli responded: 'I didn't realize for a long time that the instinctive love I have for rhyming is cultural - from the games we made up as children, the secret languages we invented as teens, the delightful playing with words of the hawkers, and even organized crime's penchant for inventing new words or new meanings for existing ones'
Philander journeys through Cape Town, HIS Cape Town, with a backpack full of memories, realizations, observations, experiences and the ever-present readiness for laughter in the face of the bleak. A trip around The Mother City - if you've ever been, are, or will ever be - you should not miss.
This actor, director, comedian, radio presenter and writer has been part of South Africa’s media world for years, going from television, to writing, to radio to share his voice with the country. Soli Philander has become a household name and is best known for his work as a presenter for Cape Talk and for hosting popular television shows such as “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”? “Let’s Fix It” and known for hosting the Afrikaans musical game show “Liriekeraai”. He has played minor roles in the 1992 feature film “The Road to Mecca” and in 2001 made-for-TV movie “Diamond Hunters”. His self-penned work for the stage includes 'Take Two', 'Woeskroes', 'Hotnotsgot' and 'The Passion Gap' (with Christian Bennett). He is also a master-of-ceremonies, motivational speaker and celebrity speaker.
Soli was presenter and creative director for the popular 'TaxiVision' on Cape Town Television and the driving force behind the online radio-station 'Taxi Radio' for the five years of it's lifespan as a hub for local broadcasting talent.
Don’t miss this fantastic talent – book now!
Show: “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)
Featuring: Soli Philander (One-Man Show)
Date: 17th – 29th July 2017
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Show time: 7.30pm
Duration of the show: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Book now: Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and all House & Home Stores and at the Baxter theatre
Ticket price: Regular - R130 / Block Bookings 10+ - R110
Be in touch:
Soli Philander on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Alistair Izolbell on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at Alistair Izobell Productions