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Matthew Ribnick will perform in ‘Chilli Boy’ at St John’s DSG on 5 November. PHOTO: supplied

Matthew Ribnick will perform in ‘Chilli Boy’ at St John’s DSG on 5 November. PHOTO: supplied

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MULTI-AWARD winning South African actor Matthew Ribnick makes his way to Pietermaritzburg next week for a performance of his hilarious show Chilli Boy.

This production of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg, written and directed by Ribnick’s wife, Geraldine Naidoo, can be seen at St John’s DSG on 5 November at 7pm.

The story is about a gangster in his thirties who starts experiencing flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman. He starts wearing a sari, while cooking all sorts of Indian meals.

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.

Naidoo has cleverly created a play that tackles issues of cultural identity, racial difference and masculinity in an extraordinary and highly entertaining way, while continuously attracting audiences from across the vast racial and cultural spectrum.

While Naidoo’s conception, writing and direction have been lauded as brilliant, it is the performance of Ribnick that has had audiences gasping for breath.

In just over an hour, Ribnick skilfully snaps back and forth between characters ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre.

Laughter is punctuated with poignant moments of sincerity as the audience comes to grips with a story brought to life by the skill of a fine stage performer.

Chilli Boy premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 14 years ago and has enjoyed numerous sell-out seasons in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and also a sold-out season on London’s West End.

St John’s DSG Parents’ Association has been fund-raising towards the building of a pavilion, and this show is one of the fund-raising events.

The performance will be preceded by snacks and a cash bar, followed by the annual raffle draw and a light supper.

Tickets are R150 each and include pre-show snacks and a light supper.

The show is not suitable for children under 12.

For bookings and inquiries, contact Lucy Usher by e-mailing lusher@stjohnsdsg.com - Supplied.

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