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THE RAINBOW INDIGNATION (article first published : 2001-11-20)

A theatre company with the intriguing name of The Tri-partite Defiance will present The Rainbow Indignation at Kwasuka Theatre from December 7 to 15.

The characters are a white, able-bodied, previously advantaged, heterosexual, catholic male (Ivan Boniaszczuk); a white previously disadvantaged Irish atheist (Joe Carroll) and a lawyer (Ashwin Singh).

The three actors will present a 90-minute show of short comedy skits that deal with a range of issues from hijacking to healthcare. The show contains elements of music, stand-up, news and reviews as well as a high content of comedy.

“Life only becomes a problem when it is taken too seriously and we consider it our job to make people aware just how funny life is,” says the cast. “The most successful comedy is the most honest comedy and we make people laugh - simply by presenting them with the realities of life in an arena where they can afford to sit back and chuckle. We also believe that it is important that people learn to laugh, not only at others, but also at themselves.”

The comedy of The Rainbow Indignation aims to challenge well-known institutions and personalities. “We live on the edge and see no point to life unless one is testing boundaries and constantly surging into new ground,” the trio adds. “Whenever you watch comedy, particularly comedy that makes light of other people's misfortune, you need to consider what it is you are laughing about and why. We hold to our convictions that there is nothing too sensitive for comedy and that holy cows must prove their worth by emerging from beneath our battery with dignity still intact.

“We firmly believe that Durban audiences have massive potential but have simply become both lazy and comfortable with what they enjoy. We are sick of cabaret shows and affirmative versions of Shakespeare. We will hang ourselves publicly if Greg Coetzee is forced to perform White Men With Weapons again, just to pay his rent. Durban is a city rich with culture and full of energy and we want to prove this to the rest of the country.”

Book at Computicket or the theatre on 031 309-2236.




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