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THE CHILLI BOY
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm - May 27 @ 9:00 pm
Written and Directed by Geraldine Naidoo. Performed by Matthew Ribnick
Thu 25th Apr 8pm • Fri 26th Apr 8pm • Sat 27th Apr 8pm • Sun 28th Apr 3:30pm
THE CHILLI BOY is a theatrical phenomenon that has had South African audiences flocking to theatres for many years. Writer, Geraldine Naidoo, cleverly created a hilarious play that tackles issues of cultural identity, racial difference and masculinity in an extraordinary and highly entertaining way. After numerous sell-out seasons in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town as well as a season on London’s West End, THE CHILLI BOY is considered by many people to be one of the best theatrical productions in the world today.
THE CHILLI BOY is the hysterical story of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. At the age of 40, 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.
While Naidoo’s conception, writing and direction have been lauded as ground-breaking and brilliant, it is the masterful performance of multi-award winning actor Matthew Ribnick that has had audiences gasping for breath. In just over an hour, Ribnick 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 versatile performer with a few hats.