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We’re not coloured by numbers

Saturday Star logo Saturday Star 2018-10-11 Masego Panyane
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Race occupies an awkward space in conversations at our braais. But one thing that makes it all the more important is how it is the defining aspect of what makes us unique and dazzling all at the same time.

Enter the Proudly Coloured comedy show. The main aim? That magical R word again - representation.

Chatting to one of the comedians who will be performing at this year’s edition, Virgil Prins, commonly known as “Prins”, said he believed the importance of shows like this was to help broaden the path to learning more about each other and what better way to do it than through laughter?

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“I am a coloured guy. And with the whole country being so diverse, it means we’re consistently learning about each other. So Proudly Coloured is a nice way to share our stories, share our culture with the rest of South Africa. It ties in beautifully with my own personal growth and it runs concurrently with the growth of South Africans. It’s a great platform to come out and laugh at stereotypes, debunk stereotypes and give the country a better view of who coloured people are, what we’re about and where we fit into the South African story,” he said.

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“In South Africa, we are diverse; even our diversity is diverse,” Prins added.

This year, Proudly Coloured will feature some of the funniest coloured comedians, namely Charles Ash, Daryl Williams, Dillan Oliphant, Justin Ray, Prins, Shanray van Wyk and Shika Budhoo.

Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the HWC Family Restoration Africa based in Ennerdale.

Organisers have imposed a strict no swearing rule, making the show family friendly. The show takes place on Sunday at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City.

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