Johannesburg audiences can catch Malcolm Gooding in his humorous, heart-warming play about the golden era of broadcasting at the Foxwood Theatre from October 31 to November 3.
‘Going Gooding’ takes audiences on an uproarious ride through this bygone era, from the viewpoint of South Africa’s voice supremo – Malcolm Gooding. Gooding’s career in broadcasting intersected with the likes of Charles Fortune, Colin du Plessis, Pat Kerr and Brian O’Shaughnessy. Gooding uses his golden voice, as well as his gift for mimicry, to play these characters, and dozens of others, as he delivers punch-line after punch-line.
The play takes its name from Gooding’s radio show of the late 1960s and early 70s. Gooding was the man who introduced South Africa to the music of the youth revolution: The Who, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Led Zeppelin. History beckoned again in 1995 when Gooding called on President Mandela to present the Webb Ellis Trophy to Francois Pienaar.
The title of the play is taken from the late-night rock music show which ran from 1968 to 1974 on SABC’s English Service, and boasted one of the highest listenerships in the station’s history. In 1968 Gooding began another important stint – this time as the narrator to ‘Squad Cars’, that iconic Springbok Radio serial about police cars that “Prowl the empty streets at night”. ‘Squad Cars’ finally came to an end in 1984, and Gooding voiced more than 800 episodes.
Gooding still makes a living by voicing radio and television commercials, as well as narrating a variety of documentaries for channels such as Discovery, National Geographic and SuperSport.
* The venue is situated at Foxwood House on 13 5th Street, Houghton (Near Killarney Mall).
Book on 011 486 0935.
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