Now in his 71st year, Pieter‑Dirk Uys looks back on a life fully lived and hints at the challenges ahead of making the impossible even more extraordinary.
Special show on Saturday at Evita se Perron on 26 May. Show starts at 19h00:
“THE ECHO OF A NOISE”
Pieter-Dirk Uys presents the UK version of the show he will perform at the Soho Theatre in London from Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 16th June.
Pieter-Dirk Uys: The Echo of a Noise
Wed 30 May – Sat 16 Jun 2018 at 9.15pm
‘The Echo of a Noise is an austerely staged tour-de-force… a soul baring show that has universal resonance.’ Cape Argus
(Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes)
South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys is still finding the ‘mock’ in democracy and exposing the ‘con’ in reconciliation.
He returns to London, this time without his usual armour of false eyelashes, extreme characters and their sketches which helped to deflect the poison arrows of government censorship and political correctness throughout the years of apartheid and even now in the present kleptocracy of the Rainbow Nation.
Now in his 72nd 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 have pointed him in a right and original direction – growing up in a white South Africa with his Afrikaner father and his German-Jewish mother, confronting diverse influences on him from grandmothers, teachers and the politics of apartheid, and eventually fighting separate developments in life and sex, using humour as a weapon of mass distraction.
Still inspired by the passions of theatre, his love and friendship of Sophia Loren and after turning the apartheid regime’s censorship of his work into a public relations exercise, he is now presenting his one-man memoir about making a noise when everyone demanded silence.
Nobody’s Died Laughing – A Journey with Pieter-Dirk Uys
Sat 2, 9 and 16 June at 4pm
The story of a legendary man, from an extraordinary country and the phenomenal power of laughter.
Three Nobel Peace Prize winners, two Oscar recipients, one Dame of the British Empire – in a film about a man who became the most famous white woman in South Africa.
Alongside the run of Pieter-Dirk Uys’ The Echo of a Noise, we are delighted to present the UK premiere of the recent documentary film on his life, Nobody’s Died Laughing. Screenings will take place every Saturday afternoon of the run at 4pm and each will feature a Q&A with Pieter-Dirk Uys. Directed by Willem Oelofsen with Pieter-Dirk Uys, Charlize Theron, Sophia Loren, Janet Suzman, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Jonathan Shapiro / Zapiro and many more.