6 – 24 October
THE CHILLI BOY is a theatrical phenomenon!
Daphne Kuhn presents
THE CHILLI BOY
6th – 24th October 2015
starring MATTHEW RIBNICK
Written and directed by GERALDINE NAIDOO
THE CHILLI BOY is still one of the HOTTEST shows in town.
THE CHILLI BOY – one of the most successful local shows of the past decade – is back in Johannesburg at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton. GERALDINE NAIDOO’s surreal and ground breaking play has come a long way since it premiered thirteen years ago at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. This theatrical phenomenon has kept South African audiences flocking to theatres over the past few years. It also had a successful run as one of the plays selected as part of the West End Festival of Performance in London in 2007.
THE CHILLI BOY is the hilarious portrayal of an old Indian woman reincarnated as a white gangster from Boksburg. At the age of 35, the gangster starts suffering flashbacks from his previous life as an Indian woman. These visions prompt him to don a sari while cooking delicious Indian curries and biryanis. He no longer wants to brawl his way around the streets of Boksburg as his newly discovered maternal instincts start to determine his behaviour. His tough reputation is threatened by the resultant turmoil.
Naidoo has created a play that tackles issues of cultural identity, racial difference and masculinity in an extraordinary and highly entertaining way. “The play continues to attract huge audiences from across the vast racial and cultural spectrum that constitutes contemporary South African society,” says Naidoo. While Naidoo's conception, writing and direction have been lauded as brilliant, it is the masterful performance of multi-award winning actor MATTHEW RIBNICK that has had audiences gasping for breath. “Many audience members are convinced that the actor is mad. In just over an hour, Ribnick skilfully snaps back and forth between characters ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre,” says Naidoo.
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.
THE CHILLI BOY is on at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton from 6th – 24th October.
“…you will be rolling in the aisles” – Charles De Olim
“Comedy at its best… storytelling at its very best” – Christina Kennedy
“Matthew Ribnick is mind blowing on stage.” – Debashnie Thangevelo
Shows run weekly at 20:15 from Tuesdays to Fridays, with 2 shows on a Saturday, at 18:00 and again at 20:30.
Ticket prices are R140 Wednesday - Saturday. There is a half-price special on Tuesdays.
Group discounts as well as pensioner and student discounts are available by contacting the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on 011 883 8606. Tickets are available directly from the Theatre or through Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or online: www.strictlytickets.com. The show is not suitable for persons under the age of 12.
LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS
The theatre is delighted to present and to produce , for the 8th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.
The theatre would like to thank Hartham Properties and BASA for the supporting grant.
Ticket Price: R40. The price includes coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice.
An afternoon at the opera with ZANDILE MZAZI back from her European tour
Russian pianist VITALY PISARENKO
Winner of the Liszt Piano Competition
ZANTA HOFMEYR and MALCOLM NAY
Piano for Four Hands - SONJA VAN ZYL and JEAN-PIERRE CALITZ
Works by Chaminade, Mozart, Mozkowski and Brahms
Mezzo Soprano AUKSE TRINKUNAS
performs songs by Mousorgsky, Da Falla and Granados
Accompanied by PAUL FERREIRA
The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.
Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.
The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.
Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre.
We look forward to seeing you soon!"
Corporate sponsorship of R8000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.
20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.READ MORE
Tel: 0118838606 or 0825535901 E-Mail: email@example.com
Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.
Tuesdays to Fridays, at 8:15pm
Saturdays at 6pm and 8:30pm
(Show times for
on weekends are
5pm and 8:15pm)
Please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606
Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre