Frans Swart, Director of BUDDY says that when he was initially working and researching the script, there was only one Hipockets Duncan that came in his head and that was Mr Malcolm Gooding. “I was so grateful when I phoned Malcolm and he immediately agreed to take on the role. Me and Malcolm worked together as colleagues for the last 30 years and became very good friends. So, it was indeed an honour that Malcolm is playing the role for me. In essence, Hipockets, is also the narrator of the show and Malcolm is excellent in the role. When Malcolm talks, people listens! The character, Hipockets Duncan, also had a very soft spot for Buddy and he helped him on his way to stardom. Malcolm brings that fatherly figure to the stage as well and him and Brendan Peyper as Buddy works very well,” Swart said.
For the past 51 years Malcolm has established himself as one of the best voices in radio and television. Malcolm, who was born in 1946, grew up in Germiston and Vereeniging. To combat the deleterious effects of the local patois his Welsh mother insisted on elocution classes; with Mrs Steinoble, at the Sons of England Hall in Three Rivers.
After school he attended Wits, where he succumbed to the temptations of university life. Forced out into the real world Malcolm joined Nedbank, where he mastered the subtle sibilance of a Dutch accent, but not the finer points of foreign exchange trading.
In 1967 he auditioned for a job at the SABC. Within a year he had his own show, Going Gooding, in which he got to play the music of the Youth Revolution: The Who, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin etc. It was Malcolm’s good fortune to be able to select his own songs and provide the sound-track to the lives of a generation of young South Africans.
In 1968 Malcolm began another important stint – this time as narrator to Squad Cars, that iconic Springbok Radio serial about police cars that, “Prowl the empty streets at night in fast cars on foot”. Squad Cars finally came to an end in 1984, and Malcolm can proudly proclaim that he voiced more than 800 episodes.
In 1974 Malcolm left the SABC to pursue a freelance career. His voice, described as, “a blend of fine sand and smooth English marmalade” – was considered to have, “The right stamp of authority – with just a hint of seduction.” As Malcolm jokes, “I have done just about every soap commercial on the market. And for my shame also a few cigarette adverts. There was a time, just after TV started, when I was seen as being the right voice for the lady’s boudoir.” One reviewer at the time noted, “When he talks about toilet cleaner being ‘thick and green and clean’, he makes it sound like maple syrup.”
Malcolm 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. His incredible voice, as well as his charming and cheerful demeanour, makes him a ‘go-to man’ in the voice industry. Not for nothing do studio engineers, and creative directors, sometimes refer to him as Malcolm Good-thing.
BUDDY has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world and tells the story of the tragically short life of Buddy Holly, who along with his high-school friends the Crickets, turned country music upside down to create some of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. You'll be cheering for more, with such rousing fifties favourites as "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be the Day," "Raining In My Heart," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." This joyous celebration of a musical legend has been seen by more than 25 million people across the globe.
The production is helmed by director Frans Swart and musical director Saranti Reeders. Leading a phenomenally multi-talented cast is superstar Brendan Peyper as Buddy Holly. Frans says he is thrilled that Brendan has agreed to play Buddy. “I have been watching Brendan for quite a while now, and he is incredibly talented. At the first photo session, we put black-framed spectacles on him and gave him a guitar, and bam! - there was Buddy Holly right before my eyes!”
The rest of the cast features Hugh Becker (as Joe B. Mauldin) and Jaco Cilliers (as Jerry Allison), the Crickets. Simeon Hamman appears as the fourth cricket. Musical director Saranti Reeders appears as Vi Petty, wife of producer Norman Petty and played by Ettienne du Plessis, who also appears as The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson. Ayanda Sibisi and Andile Magxaki enthrals as the Apollo performers, and legendary voice artist Malcolm Gooding appears as Hipockets Duncan. Completing the cast is Mortimer Williams as Ritchie Valens and Donae Brazer as Buddy’s wife, Maria Elena.