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Saturday, May 31, 2014


(Matthew Ribnick as one of the many delightful characters in the play)

From the creators of Hoot and Monkey Nuts comes yet another theatrical phenomenon that has had South African audiences flocking to theatres over the past few years. Writer Geraldine Naidoo has cleverly created a hilarious play that tackles issues of cultural identity, racial difference and masculinity in an extraordinary and highly entertaining way.

The Chilli Boy is the hilarious story of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. At the age of 30, the gangster starts suffering flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman. He starts wearing a sari while cooking all sorts of delicious Indian meals including curries and biryanis. He no longer wants to fight or brawl as his newly-discovered maternal instincts start determining his behaviour. His tough reputation is threatened by the resultant turmoil.

This masterful performance of multi-award winning actor Matthew Ribnick has audiences gasping for breath. In just over an hour, he skillfully snaps back and forth between characters ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre. Bouts of raucous laughter are punctuated with poignant moments of absolute sincerity as the audience comes to grips with a remarkable story told by a madman with a few hats.

Ribnick will give one performance of The Chilli Boy in aid of Howick Hospice on June 7 at 19h00 at Hilton College Theatre. Tickets R100 booked only through the Hilton College Theatre Ticket Office on 033 383 0126 or email Pre-payment required for all bookings - No cancellations or refunds.