Theatre Review: Cathy and the Trolley Dollies at Gate 69

Laughing is so good for the soul. I think it’s something that really needs to be tapped into more often… for health reasons!

Yes, we giggle at the funny things our kids say or the videos our friends share on Facebook, but how often do you really allow yourself a good belly laugh??

Last Thursday I headed out for a night on the town and a whole lot of laughs with a girl friend.


Our destination? Gate69, Cape Town’s cabaret theatre

The occasion? A date with Cathy and the Trolley Dollies


A naughty night out with a trio of gorgeous “girls” was exactly what I needed… I left the house in a bit of a stressed-out state (something to do with the fact that I now have to re-live Std 3 (now Grade 5) and all the stress that goes along with exams!) but within a few moments of our warm welcome at the door of Gate69, I’s swopped Geography textbooks for all out Glamour…


The bar area of the little theatre was heaving and the atmosphere was electric. The crowd was animated and the venue was beautiful!

A night at Gate69 isn’t just about sitting back to watch the show, it’s about dressing for the occasion (feather boas and false lashes optional!) It’s about enjoying a delicious platter of tapas with friends, a glass (or 3 of wine), a night of naughty entertainment and a whole lot of laughs!

Arriving at our table upstairs we realised that this was going to be an experience when South Africa’s premier drag queen, Cathy Specific, and her two equally gorgeous air hostess sidekicks, Holly and Molly, were on hand to welcome us, show us to our tables and take our drinks orders! Service with a smile indeed!

Cathy and the Trolley Dollies cabaret show

After an hour of relaxed dining (always nice to have an uninterrupted time to catch up, uninterrupted, with a fellow mom in the trenches), we fastened our seatbelts for takeoff… for a flight to remember with Cathy and the Trolley Dollies.

Cathy, Holly & Molly kept us bent over laughing (not in the brace position!) for the rest of the evening.

The show, written by the First Lady of Flying and directed by and Maralin Vanrenen, features deliciously naughty jokes, fabulous song items and flamboyant dance numbers (choreographed by Sven-Eric Muller)

The laugh a minute “take off” of the airline industry is highly interactive and it’s likely you’ll find one (or all 3) of the 8 foot tall air stewardesses – Brendan van Rhyn (Cathy), Christopher Dudgeon (Holly) and Rudi Jansen (Molly) – joining you on the theatre floor for some extended fun!

The show wows with outrageous hairdos, big show numbers, powerful voices, gorgeous costumes and high heels! If you’re looking for a fun night out with a group of girls or a date night with a difference then head to Gate69…

Cathy and the Trolley Dollies

Cathy and the Trolley Dollies runs at Gate69 every Wednesday and Thursday evening until end June 2017.

Tickets cost R550 per person and the price includes a mezze platter, hot soup and bread service, plus a delicious dessert. Drinks are not included in the price.

Dress code is fabulous – Cathy will absolutely not tolerate shorts and slops!

Please note that due to the sexual nature of the content this show is strictly PG16


Contact Details


87 Bree Street (corner Bree and 79 Hout Street)

Tel: 021 035 1627 or 071 589 2915




Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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