Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys to perform at the Hilton Arts Festival


HILTON Arts Festival-goers have not one, but two chances to see South African satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys.

He will be performing in his one-man memoir, The Echo of Noise, at 6 pm on Friday, September 16 in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at Hilton College. Fans can also enjoy a Q&A session with Uys after the screening of his new movie, Nobody’s Died Laughing in the CFI Lecture Theatre at 3 pm on Friday, September 16.

Having performed alone on the stages of the world well over seven thousand times, Pieter-Dirk 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.

Festival-goers will laugh a lot in this show, but you will also need tissues…..

Tickets for The Echo of Noise are R199. To book email

Nobody’s Died Laughing – A Journey with Pieter-Dirk Uys, directed and produced by Willem Oelofsen, is a theatrical-action-documentary that celebrates the life and work of performing artist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys.

As a film crew tries to keep up with one of the hardest working artists in South Africa on a journey from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Grahamstown, Stellenbosch to London, Berlin and his home in Darling, the film takes a closer look at the man behind all the famous characters, the humanitarian and his educational AIDS awareness work, for which he has received international acclaim.

“This film captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” says Oelofse. “I started researching Pieter-Dirk Uys in 2014 and spent time with him in his personal archives in Darling.

“I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry he was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started.

“In 2015 we simply picked up a camera and started following him around wherever he went: performing in Berlin or the Cape Flats, and watching him teach a room full of teenagers about safe sex. I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”

The film includes never before seen archive footage, performances and interviews with Desmond Tutu, Charlize Theron, Lizz Meiring, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, FW De Klerk, Janet Suzman, Thoko Ntshinga, David Kramer, Zolani Mahola, Vincent Ebrahim, Professor David Gere, Eric Abraham, Sophia Loren, Jonathan Shapiro and many more, with footage of Tessa Uys and Nelson Mandela.

Tickets are R75. To book email

Watch the trailer here:

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