Race Card receives rave reviews
After performing to sold out crowds at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July, Siv Ngesi premiered his Race Card show to Cape Town audiences at the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter Theatre on Monday the 1st of October. Never afraid to tackle racial taboos, Ngesi’s “racially active” show has received favourable mentions from reviewers and critics alike. According to Bizcommunity, “[Siv] has such an energy about him that enthralls the audience and brings you to the heart of the issue within our country, which he understands and addresses in a way that we can all relate to”
Race Card is of course based on The Racist’s Guide To The People Of South Africa; a politically incorrect, comprehensively unscientific and exceptionally funny “guidebook” that identifies – and pokes fun at – the people of the Rainbow Nation, and is directed by Brent Palmer. As Terri-Dunbar Curran of the Cape Times puts it, “the combination of Ngesi’s easy-going manner, Palmer’s sharp direction and Kilpatrick’s original concept makes for an entertaining rampage through the varied cultures in SA.”
Blogger Megan Furniss calls Siv “warm, sexy and totally loveable” which to her is “a great recipe for successful stand-up”. She goes on to write that Siv’s content is “well observed; combining stereotypes with (the) quirky and unusual but very, randomly true.” What some might not know is that Siv in fact identifies himself primarily as an actor (he has landed roles in Invictus and Long Walk to Freedom, and has appeared alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 24), but this does not detract from his comedic abilities at all. His stage experience comes to the fore as he manages to masterfully engage his audience over the course of just under two hours.
Cape Town Magazine had this to say about Race Card: “This energetic comedy gives us an opportunity to enjoy our common humanity, whilst recognising and appreciating our different tastes and quirks.” Siv’s adaptation and interpretation of the Racist’s Guide has left audiences in stitches, and with plans to take the show to Port Elizabeth, East London, Joburg, and Durban, Race Card looks set to dominate the comedy circuit.
Tickets are available through Computicket.com and cost R80p/p for shows from Monday to Thursday and R100p/p for the Friday and Saturday shows. Discounts apply to the Monday to Thursday shows: students, pensioners and block bookings of 10 or more get 10% off the regular ticket price. For corporate bookings, contact Sharon Ward on +27 (0) 21 680 3962 or email@example.com or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Racist’s Guide to South Africa by Simon Kilpatrick
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