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Friday, July 31, 2015


(Aaron McIlroy)

Acclaimed local comedian, Aaron McIlroy, will present his latest stage escapade, The Ranga, at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on August 3.

The Ranga is a new one-man comedy written and performed by madcap McIlroy. This musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at prejudice as seen through the eyes of a man tormented with pigmentation issues.

The word ‘Ranga’ is derived from ‘Orangutang’ (red-haired monkeys) and is a term used to describe people with varying shades of red hair, from strawberry blonde to auburn. 

In The Ranga, McIlroy (in his inimitably whacky style) takes the scalpel to the pre-conceived ideas around ‘ranga-ism’ - highlighting how this recessive gene is the primary cause of most the world’s woes!  Inspired by the Australian sitcom, Summer Heights High, and the YouTube sensation Rage Of The Redhead, McIlroy descends into the gritty underbelly of ginger prejudice with hilarious results.

Vintage McIlroy material flows forth copiously in The Ranga in which Durban’s multi-award-winning comic appears alongside well-known Durban muso, Andy Turrell, on musical accompaniment. Hit songs to be heard in the show include, among others, covers of Duelling Banjos (Deliverance), Hey Brother (Avicii), Money’s Too Tight To Mention (Simply Red) and Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera).

The Ranga takes place on August 3 at The Barnyard Theatre. The doors will open at 18h30, with the show starting at 20h00. Tickets R130 booked through The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045, e-mail or visit for more information