For those who missed the funny at the Baxter, ‘Pay Back the Curry’, the one-person satirical revue by award-winning playwright Mike van Graan, will continue its Cape Town tour with a run at the Kalk Bay Theatre, until September 10. This might be your last chance to watch this acclaimed show for a while.
Produced by celebrity comedian Siv Ngesi and directed by Rob van Vuuren, the revue features the multi-talented Daniel Richards, who has garnered widespread praise for his performance which includes multiple characters, music and singing.
‘Pay back the Curry’ played to sold-out houses from the beginning of its eight show run at the recent National Arts Festival with Cue – the Festival newspaper – describing it as “an important production for all South Africans. Clever, witty and on point…brilliant performance”.
Another Cue critic described the audience response: “The oversubscribed audience laughed a lot and cheered loudly at the end. With a spontaneous standing ovation, they paid back the funny.”
In typical Van Graan fashion, the script takes on numerous topical themes that are either the subjects of heated discussion or studiously avoided in polite conversation, and places them in the public domain with various degrees of satirical or hard-hitting commentary. Themes range from falling fees, through sparrows and statues and “Zuptas” and zombies.
As part of its development, the creative team tested the revue with diverse audiences in Cape Town, taking it to venues in Franschhoek and Rosebank, as well Delft and Khayelitsha. The show has grown through audience feedback and as a satirical revue about contemporary issues, continues to be developed in response to occurrences in the political and social domains.
The hour-long show is suitable for 16+ audiences and will run at 8.30pm nightly.
Tickets priced at R125 can be booked at www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za. There are numerous specials as well to take advantage of, like each ticket admitting two entrants; or the dinner special. Visit the site for more details.