Cracking comedy at the Hilton Arts Festival


Pieter-Dirk Uys will be performing at the Hilton Arts Festival.

If you want your funnybone well and truly tickled then make sure you head to the Hulton Arts Festival at Hilton College from September 16 to 18.

The festival offers a double dose of brilliant satirist and astute commentator, Pieter-Dirk Uys, courtesy of his sublime one-man memoir The Echo of a Noise and the screening of the documentary about his life, Nobody’s Died Laughing. The latter will be followed by a Q&A.

Having performed alone on the stages of the world well over seven thousand times, Uys has learnt that every show is the first and the last performance – because each audience demands and gets a different energy, topicality and excitement.

Now in his 70th year, he doesn’t glance back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously pointed him in a right and original direction.

His father Hannes Uys and his mother Helga Bassel. His grandmothers, his teachers, his passions. Sophia Loren, censorship, false eyelashes and making a noise when everyone demanded silence.

Don’t miss this amazing man at the festival.

Tickets for The Echo of Noise, which is being staged in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at 6 pm on Friday, September 16, are  R199. No under 14s.

Tickets for the screening of Nobody’s Died Laughing, which can be seen in the CFI lecture theatre at 3 pm on Friday, September 16, are R75. PG 7-9.


Mark Banks brings his one-man show, Banksrupt!, to Hilton

Comics Choice Awards Lifetime Achiever Mark Banks brings his high energy acclaimed one hander comedy, Banksrupt! to the festival. The show takes a side-splitting look at just how bankrupt we really are! Not just from a financial aspect… but bankrupt morally, politically, internationally, psychologically and socially.

We meet characters and situations from everyday life in South Africa, from classically trained car guards to a beginner’s guide to protesting performed by the Jewish Women’s Guild of Yemen, the world’s first news reader mugging, and how to raise and train your very own member of parliament.

Mixing up-to-the-minute stand-up with Banks’s invented zany characters, video, visual effects and comedy sketches, Banksrupt! delivers a quick-fire laugh a minute show from a seasoned comedy legend at the top of his game. No one and nothing is safe to Banks’s ridicule.

Tickets for Banksrupt!, which is being staged in the Falcon Tent at 8 pm on Saturday, September 17, are R170.


Rob van Vuuren stars in Life.

Also headed to Hilton is multi-award winning comedian, Rob van Vuuren, who presents Life (a rant) his hit stand-up comedy show, in the Falcon Tent at 5 pm on Saturday, September 17..

Life is a comedic tour-de-force from one of South Africa`s most well loved entertainers as he unpacks the mysteries of life in his own unforgettable and inimitable style. The show isdirected by Tara Notcutt. Tickets are R170.

Rob will have a busy festival – he also directs the young, multi-talented Daniel Richards in the new Mike van Graan (Green Man Flashing, Bafana Republic and Rainbow Scars) sketched-based comedy-satire, Pay Back the Curry, which reflects on a myriad topical themes, ranging from Franschhoek and Rosebank to Khayelitsha and Delft.

The satirical revue, which can be seen in the Falcon Tent at 12.30 pm on Saturday, September 17 and 12.30 pm on Sunday, September 18, achieved a rare feat at the recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it sold out all of its eight shows on the Fringe.

Tickets for Pay Back The Curry are R170.


Daniel Richards in Pay Back the Curry.

Another up-beat comedy production to look out for will be Love at First Bite, a wet-your-pants romantic dance/comedy starring the ever-so-charming Ash Searle and his cheeky fun better half, Vanessa Harris.

This feisty couple will be dishing the dirt on the highs and lows of being in a committed relationship in the Falcon Tent at 3 pm on Saturday, September 17 and 10 am on Sunday, September 18. Tickets are R170. For ages 14 and older.


Mark Mulder and Annie Robinson star in Tarty Flowers!

Hilton regulars Annie Robinson and Mark Mulder star in Tarty Flowers devised and directed by Paul Spence. There’s only one Fawlty Towers! – and there’s no other married couple quite like Basil and Sybil!

The BBC television sitcom from the 1970’s, voted the best British TV series of all time, has fans all over the world. Confirmed Fawlty fans Annie and Mark now get the chance to share the uniquely Fawlty experience with Hilton audiences.

The much put-upon Basil, bossy Sybil, eccentric waiter Manuel and pretty Polly are all there – and the audience suddenly get the distinct feeling that they are guests in the dining room of the infamous Torquay hotel!

Not formally billed as a comedy, but a session which promises to be an hour of fun and laughter is Conduct Unbecoming presented by Richard Cock. In his entertaining talk, Richard explores the world of the orchestral conductor, the good the bad and the ugly, and debunks a few myths along the way. This hour of fun and laughter will provide fascinating insights about the mystical art of conducting. Adults only!

To book for these shows email

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