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 the main stage of Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Fourways from September 8 to October 4, 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 by 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 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 September 28 – in the middle of the Johannesburg return season of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! – but even 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.
He says: “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 8 pm, with shows at 5 pm and 8 pm on Saturdays, and on Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets range between R100 and R170. The show is rated PG (parental guidance advised). Book through Computicket or call the Montecasino Theatre at 011 511 1988.