Hit show Aunty Merle The Musical has reached the final week of its third season.
So if you haven’t visited comedian Marc Lottering’s famous character from Belgravia Road at the Baxter Theatre yet, there are only a few days left to do so.
The Daily Voice caught up with Aunty Merle’s son, Carl Abrahams, played by Anzio September, 25.
Carl’s role is that of a fresh-out-of-university student who has a secret crush on his male best friend, Siya.
He finds himself in a position where he hits on his tjommie, who unfortunately doesn’t play for “that team”.
Carl struggles to admit to his family that he is gay, and he barely gets the chance to come out when his mom’s besige friend and neighbour, Aunty Soraya, piemps him to his mom.
Anzio, from Elsies River, says his character’s role is much like his own life story.
“This is similar to what I went through when I was forced to come out to my family about being gay,” he reveals.
“I struggled for a long time because I was afraid they wouldn’t accept me.
“The story speaks to men trying to find themselves.”
Anzio is a UCT Drama School graduate who finished in 2016. He is still amazed that Marc chose him to play the role of Carl.
“I’m honoured to be a vessel to tell this story; even more proud that Marc chose me to be part of his production.
“Marc’s vibrancy and energy is so amazing, it quickly gets you hyped and excited to be working with the cast.”
Some Daily Voice readers may recognise Anzio from the Hearts Exposed music video with The Voice SA 2016 winner, Craig Lucas. “Some people actually approached me to ask if myself and Craig are a couple because of the intimacy in the video. But, no... we are just friends, close friends, in fact.”
Catch Anzio and his co-stars on stage before the show ends its run on Saturday.
Ticket prices range from R100 to R195.
They’re available from Webtickets, Pick n Pay and the Baxter on 021 685 7880.