Taxi Nights provides platform for performers
Taxi Nights is a platform for aspiring and established performers in The Greater Cape Town Area to exhibit their work. Soli Philander chats to Steyn du Toit about the show.
What exactly is Taxi Nights? How would you pitch it to someone who has not yet seen it?
Taxi Nights is a platform for aspiring and established performers in The Greater Cape Town Area to exhibit their work and their passion for it. For the Kalk Bay Theatre run Soli Philander gives some of his favourite female characters (Rosie September, Banu from Woeskroes and The Unnamed Woman from Hotnotsgot) an airing, as well of some of his favourite funny Cape Town stories that he has been doing as corporate entertainment over the past few years. Joining him are Taxi Radio and TaxiVision regulars Christian Bennet, Ronald Jones, Eugene Matthews and Roshan Philander, as well as special guests like Wayne McKay, Shimmy Isaacs and Gift Gwe. It's an evening of pure entertainment.
Why the title Taxi Nights?
Taxi Radio is our online radio station and TaxiVision our live television show on CapetownTV, so it seemed logical that when the Taxi community took to the stage we should call it Taxi Nights.
How has the show been going so far - any interesting stories?
We have managed to amaze even ourselves with the explosion of talent within the Taxi community. Performances have been greeted with whistles, cheers, tears and standing ovations.
Do you get to chat to audience members afterwards, and if so, what are their reactions like?
The reaction from audiences has been amazing - requests for it to tour townships, for DVD recordings and for much more of the same have been very gratifying.
Where can we see Soli Philander next?
TaxiVision airs nightly on CapetownTV from 6 to 7 pm, Soli is on the Taxi from 9 to 12 every morning, and look out for Taxi Nights at a community centre, school hall or festival near you!