Uys puts the eish! back into entertainment with pick-a-box bonanza
As he prepares to turn 70 in sensational style this September, satirist extraordinaire Pieter-Dirk Uys is placing the power squarely in Johannesburg audiences’ hands. Now, if only the politicians he lampoons so mercilessly would follow suit…
Uys’s smash hit show An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! returns by massive public demand to invade the main stage of Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Fourways from 8 September to 4 October 2015, celebrating more than three decades of theatrical mirth, mayhem, moegoes and make-up.
But this show has a special twist. Over the years Uys has created more than 80 different characters, from politicians to kugels, icons to aikonas, and will draw from this rogues’ gallery in laying out 15 numbered mystery boxes on stage, each containing a different character from his vast satirical cluster.
The audience will choose which boxes to open, and thereby which characters this veteran entertainer and social commentator will slip into – each providing a telling glimpse of who we are, where we come from and where we are going as a nation. No two shows will ever be alike, making for an anything-goes lucky dip of laugh-out-loud observational humour.
Using humour as his trusty weapon of mass distraction, Uys will morph from a Botha into a Bezuidenhout, from a Zuma via a Zille into a Merkel. From the beloved Tannie Evita to her debauched sister Bambi, from Nowell Fine to Mama Winnie and Grace Mugabe, from the Arch to Mother Theresa – they’re all there, waiting to be unpacked, unpicked and paraded on the red carpet.
The news of the day will be cannily reflected in this cracked mirror of a rainbow nation smiling at the familiar, shocked by the obvious and, above all, laughing at itself.
Uys will be turning 70 on 28 September 2015 – in the middle of the Johannesburg return season of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! Yet, with some 35 one-man shows and in the region of 7 000 stage appearances under his belt, not to mention several plays, books, films and local and international awards, he has no desire to slow down.
If 70 feels this good, I’m looking forward to the next 10-plus years on the stages and screens of South Africa!
Performances of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! are on Tuesdays to Fridays at 20h00, with shows at 17h00 and 20h00 on Saturdays, and on Sundays at 15h00.
Tickets range between R100 and R170 in price, for an opportunity to see this national treasure in action and to laugh at – and away – your troubles. The show is rated PG (parental guidance advised). Book through Computicket or call theMontecasino Theatre at (011) 511-1988.
AN AUDIENCE WITH PIETER-DIRK EISH!
What the critics said:
Eish! What a ride. Delicious conspiracy of positive thoughts. There are sly jokes about contemporary politicians and barbed quips fly quick and fast. The whole show is like that: funny until you realise he is not really making a joke because he is trying to get you to laugh at what you don’t take seriously enough. Uys manages to imbue his performance with a positive message without being corny. He does it with his usual aplomb.
Theresa Smith, Cape Argus Tonight 6/11/2012
Uys’s love of the theatre is contagious. His clarion call to guard democracy with vigour is delivered in sharp sound bytes. Uys is as rich a source as any of relevant commentary on both the historical and current political situation – a timely reminder of the relevance of theatre, and satire in particular, to the political and social fabric of society.
Tracey Saunders, Cape Times 5/11/2012
Intimate, thought-provoking and spellbinding. Pieter-Dirk Uys’s raw and brutally honest opinions give us the freedom to laugh at ourselves, but also force us to take a good, long look at what is happening around us.
Louisa Steyl, TygerBurger 6/11/2012
See a national treasure perform and experience a history lesson that is funny, uplifting and sad at different times – always conveyed with honesty, tongue in cheek humour and a twinkle in the eye.
CT today.co.za 1/11/2012
Take a walk on the Dirkside. Humour and a bit of introspection is a great force.
Clifford Graham, Monday Missile.com4/11/2012