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Matthew Ribnick

Geraldine Naidoo’s multi-award winning play HOOT is a triumphant milestone in South African theatre. 

HOOT, written by Geraldine Naidoo and performed by Matthew Ribnick, is the hysterical and colourful journey of a rich white man who loses everything and ends up becoming a minibus taxi driver. This is Naidoo and Ribnick’s second collaboration - their first was The Chilli Boy, which also played to great acclaim.

Set in contemporary South Africa, Hoot traces the life of Harold Potgieter - a wealthy white businessman who faces financial ruin when his business goes under and the bank repossesses his home and his luxury cars. His ‘trophy’ wife abandons him and he is left with nothing but the clothes on his back as he is forced to find a means to survive.

The play is a cross-cultural comedy of epic proportions, focusing on a desperate man in an unfamiliar world. Through snappy dialogue, split-second character changes and strong physical acting as well as a number of other skills, Ribnick brings a cast of over twenty hilarious and familiar local characters to life. 

Winner of the 2005 Naledi Award for Best Comedy Performance, the play was also the top-selling show of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown. In 2006, HOOT enjoyed a run in the Netherlands, where it received standing ovations.  HOOT also won 2 prestigious Fleur Du Cap awards in Cape Town in 2006.

What the media had to say about Hoot                                                                  
"Don't miss this outstanding show!" - Billy Suter, the Mercury

"one of the greatest theatrical pleasures of the last few years ... nothing short of astonishing" - Peter Tromp, Cape times

"With Hoot, Matthew Ribnick has achieved something quite astounding ... Seldom do intelligence, emotional truth and pure entertainment intersect with such precision and so little pretension." - Peter Machen, Weekend Witness

"Ribnick is a sterling storyteller, working with a well-researched script.  He changes accents and characters quicker than fast food is gobbled, and his take on post-democratic South Africa is spot-on" - Yazeed Kamaldien, Cape Argus

"Quite simply, in it's conception, writing, direction and performance, Hoot is a glorious defining moment in post-democratic South African theatre." - Adrienne Sichel, The Star

HOOT is excellent entertainment” - Scott Burnett, Sunday Times

"Storytelling at its finest" - Sergio Ben, Cape Argus

"Ribnick makes for excellent theatre watching" - Robyn Sassen, Jewish Report

“Matthew Ribnick is one of the most talented stage actors I've seen in a long time" - Shanthini Naidoo, Sunday Times

"A masterful Performance" - Marianne Thamm, www.fdcawards.co.za

"HOOT is an absolute hoot!" - Rafiek Mammon, Cape Times

"Bravo to Matthew Ribnick for an exuberant performance in the award-winning Hoot!" - Debashine Thangevelo, Daily News

"Hoot … is 'n skitterende voorbeeld van multikulterele teater ... Hoot is 'n kragtoer ..." - Kobus Burger, Beeld

"Hoot is intelligente, onderhoudende en boeiende teater ... alle eer aan Ribnick en Naidoo vir 'n knap stuk werk" - Marina Griebenow, Die Burger

"Quite simply, the show is hilarious.  Ribnick's intelligent and intense performance is guaranteed to keep South African's in stitches for some time to come." - Twanji Kalula, Varsity

“One of the finest one-man shows of this or any other year” - Billy Suter, the Mercury

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