Aaron McIlroy's The Loser opensCopy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC
Durban’s ‘King of Comedy’ reprises his legendary smash hit at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.
Making a triumphant return to the KZN stage, Aaron McIlroy’s smash hit one-man comedy, the acclaimed “motivational speaking” The Loser, previewed last night and runs the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until 22 September 2012.
Last seen on a KZN stage six years ago, this Vita Award-winning comedy has played countless venues, delighting audiences throughout the country as it draws back the curtain on those interminable motivational speaker sessions one has to endure at mind-numbing conferences and seminars.
In contrast to today’s vogue for unadorned stand-up comedy, the hallmark of McIlroy’s shows remains their sheer value for money, offering fully-fledged, uniquely presented theatrical entertainment, as opposed to mere off-the-cuff joke-spinning (although when it comes to ‘winging it’ in the heat of the moment, this master of mirth has few equals).
In short, Aaron is notorious for getting his audiences’ abs aching and tears of mirth rolling. Director Susan Monteregge, who has worked with Aaron frequently, credits him with “single-handedly transforming theatre into an extreme sport.” Experience him in action in The Loser, and you’ll see why.
The production mercilessly lampoons public speakers, subjecting the business of corporate motivation and “sales-speak” to a rigorous shake-down as an irrepressible roster of outlandish and manic individuals take the floor in McIlroy’s wacky style.
Topping his hilarity stakes, Aaron introduces his audience to his inimitable alter ego, the one and only Truscott Price, that most unconventional of motivational speakers, whose offbeat leaps in logic and tragi-comic past pose formidable challenges to his “magnetic” appeal and all-or-nothing positivism.
And Truscott’s just one of the line-up in the show... The Loser is jam-packed with high energy theatrical content, interspersed with great rock ‘n roll hits from the likes of Queen, Peter Gabriel and others, not forgetting the “King of Rock” - Elvis.
Co-written Sue Monteregge, with lighting by Mike Broderick, this vintage show guarantees unbeatable entertainment, a must-see for anyone in need of a generous dose of laughter.
Early booking for The Loser is through Computicket on 0861 915 800 or online at www.computicket.com. Tickets are R95, and performance times are 7.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, 3pm Sunday. No show on 21 Friday.
Interviews and more photos available on request.
Copy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC
031 309 8738
082 335 6088
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa