Written by Jordan Tannahill
Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy
Featuring Davinder Malhi


(Public and school performance schedule below)

Recommended for Ages 13-18 | Grades 8-12
Run Time: Approx. 45 minutes



rihannaboi95 will haunt you in a way no live performance ever could… It is hard to overstate the importance of Jordan Tannahill’s [play]… URGENT, RELEVANT and POWERFUL.”
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NOW Magazine

Sunny, aka rihannaboi95 on YouTube, made some videos and shared them online. And while, yeah, they’re getting lots of hits, not everyone likes them. Now, Sunny’s whole world is threatening to implode. Hidden in the bedroom of Keira a drugstore makeup counter clerk Sunny records a video for their loyal viewers and invokes the spirit of Rihanna to help with the situation.

2013 Dora Award for ‘Best New Play’, Theatre for Young Audiences Division

Governor General’s Literary Award

Lighting Designer Michelle Ramsay is nominated for the 2021 Siminovitch Prize

Please Note: rihannaboi95 contains mature content. Click here for the content advisory.

rihannaboi95 was first produced in Canada by Suburban Beast (Toronto, ON) from April 23 to 28, 2013. The play was performed nightly in a bedroom and live-streamed over the Internet for audiences to watch from their computers.

rihannaboi95 creative team



A recording of rihannaboi95 is available online from Nov. 22 to Dec. 18. Once you have selected the performance date of your choosing, you will have access to the recording for 48 hours.

For public performances, tickets are available for $10. If you’d like to support YPT, you can also choose what you’d like to pay. Tickets purchased at $100 will receive a $25 tax receipt.

To purchase online, click here.


New this season, teachers can now book online! Simply select your preferred viewing period for rihannaboi95 from Nov. 22 to Dec. 18.

School performances are $50 per class.

For more details on how to book your class/school online, please click here.

Additional Resources

Described Video Performance

Available for both public and school performances. This pre-recorded performance is accessible to audiences who are blind or partially sighted and features spoken descriptions of key visual elements such as non-verbal action, body language, setting and costumes. The Described Video will be available as of Nov 30.

Curriculum Connections

rihannaboi95 connects to the following areas of the Ontario Secondary curriculum:

  • The Arts (Drama, Media Arts)
  • Gender Studies
  • Health and Physical Education (healthy relationships, sexual health, mental and emotional well-being)
  • Social Studies/World Studies and Humanities
  • Computer Studies (ethical issues, computer and society)

Program & Study Guide