The Ranga

22 Nov 2014

Comedian Aaron McIlroy’s hot property new production plays at The Playhouse this festive season..


The announcement of a new show from comedian Aaron McIlroy traditionally spells a ‘Red-Letter Event’ on the entertainment calendar for thousands of fans. The epithet ‘Red’ takes on a special significance in the case of the popular star’s latest stage escapade, The Ranga, to be seen over the festive season at the Playhouse in Durban.


Presented by MacBob Productions in association with The Playhouse Company, 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 blond to auburn. 


In The Ranga, McIlroy, in his inimitably whacky style, takes the scalpel to the preconceived 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.


“For many years, we tried to blend in with other people and pretend we weren’t rangas,” quips McIlroy. “We even tried to disguise ourselves with the use of hair dye and sunscreen, and by taking the mac out of our names. This made rangas harder and harder to identify.”

“As time went by, with the Ranga Rights Movement getting underway, we began celebrating our connectedness with rest of Homo Sapiens. We even began leaving our Red Rover Reserve and Coming Out. We put forward a list of demands to Government. These included recognition that Rangas have souls... That you may not own a Ranga… That a Ranga is not just for Christmas...”


“We began lobbying for better work opportunities for Rangas beyond the reserve. Rangas have always been side-lined in the work place (right back to the days of Angus the great, the famous Glaswegian sewer diver of the 1800’s who specialised in jewel retrieval and fungal development). My own jobs included menial responsibilities like Arm Pit Sniffing, Pet Food Tasting, even Whale Snot Gathering, which I must say I enjoyed once I learned to swim.”


 Get the picture? 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.


The Ranga runs in the Playhouse Drama from 3 to 14 December 2014. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 with 15h00 matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. The duration of the show is 95 minutes including a 20 minute interval. Tickets at R150 are available from Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at Bookings can also be made via the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 (office hours).



-Interviews and photos available on request-




082 335 6088 / 031-309 8738

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