AFTER HIS COMPLETELY SOLD-OUT SEASON IN 2016, PIETER-DIRK UYS
– UNPOWDERED AT LAST –
RETURNS TO THE STAGE in his ONE-MAN MEMOIR, THE ECHO OF A NOISE
”I tell the story behind the stories. Turning 70 has given me the thumbs-up to share the secrets and let the cat out of the bag.” Pieter-Dirk Uys
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 72nd year, Pieter-Dirk 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.
“This is just Pieter-Dirk Uys speaking and he opens his heart and talks about his private and public life. He leads you into his inner sanctuary, takes you through our history and shows us where what is public and private meet. Uys was and still is a voice in the wilderness. He remains a master storyteller who can make as much fun of himself as he does with the others who get a lashing from his sharp tongue. …and the standing ovation was thunderous. Laetitia Pople – Die Burger (translated)
Theatre on The Bay
TUESDAY 04 TO SATURDAY 15 JULY 2017
Mon – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 5pm & 8pm
(Monday performances still to open)
Running Time: 90 minutes without an interval
INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES
Rows A, EE and FF (EE and FF are restricted view seats): R100pp
AA 16 – 19; BB 17 – 20 and Row DD: R130pp
Rows B to J and AA 1 – 15, BB 1 -16 and CC 1 – 15: R170pp
Dinner/Theatre Package: Inclusive of a three-course meal.
Valid in top price seats only (R255 for dinner and R140 for the show): R395pp
Tuesday to Saturday
Rows A, EE and FF (EE and FF are restricted view seats): R120pp
AA 16 – 19, BB 17 – 20 and DD 1 – 16: R160pp
Rows B to J and AA 1 – 15, BB 1 -16 and CC 1 – 15: R190pp
Dinner/Theatre Package: Inclusive of a three-course meal.
Valid in top price seats only (R255 for dinner and R160 for the show): R415pp
BOOK for both the theatre and the dinner through > the theatre’s Box Office on 021 438 3300 > any Computicket outlet > through the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000 > on www.computicket.com. A table in the restaurant can be reserved through the theatre’s Box Office on 021 438 3300, where you order a la carte from the menu and pay on the night.
In the top price seats only: Rows B to J and AA 1 – 15, BB 1 – 16 and CC 1 – 15. For 10 or more people, subject to availability of reduced price seats and valid until Thursday 13 July. Tuesday – R40 reduction, i.e. you pay just R130pp / Tuesday to Saturday – R50 reduction, i.e. you pay just R140pp. Contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438-3301, option 2 / email@example.com.
60+ years. All seats. Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 5pm. Half price. Subject to availability of reduced price seats. Book at any Computicket outlet on presentation of ID. These tickets cannot be booked on-line or by ‘phone. Book for groups of twenty or more senior citizens with Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, option 2 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to matric. All seats. Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 5pm. Half price. Subject to availability of reduced price seats. Book through > the theatre’s Box Office 0n 021 438 3300 > any Computicket outlet > through the Computicket Call Centre on 083 915 8000. These tickets cannot be booked on-line. Book for groups of twenty or more scholars with Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, option 2 / email@example.com.
Including visiting international students. All seats. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm and Saturday at 5pm Half price. Subject to availability of reduced price seats. Book > at any Computicket outlet on presentation of a valid student card. Tickets cannot be booked on-line or by ‘phone. Book for groups of twenty or more students with Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, option 2 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Subject to availability. All performances. All seats. 20% reduction. Book on presentation of member number at > the Theatre Box Office on 021 438 3300 > the Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000 or > any Computicket outlet.
GUESTS OF SUBSCRIBERS
In Rows B to J and AA 1 – 15, BB 1 -16 and CC 1 – 15. R120 for R170 seats and R140 for R190 seats. Book through the theatre’s Box Office on 021 438 3300.
Contact Tracy Cahill on 021 438 3301, option 2 / email@example.com for available dates and prices. 40% – 50% reduction on a full house of 256 seats.
“A formidable raconteur. What a profound journey it turns out to be.” Cape Times
“’n Meesterlike storieverteller, sonder arrogansie of selfbeheptheid.” Litnet
“Truly inspirational.” Theatre Scene Cape Town
“Once, a few years ago, I attended the funeral of a family friend, accompanied by my mother. At that stage in my life, I’d been to about five funerals and I wasn’t quite accustomed to funeral etiquette. So, after one particularly emotive and well-worded obituary, I began clapping. Yes, I clapped. At a funeral.
Anyway, I’m bringing this up because on Wednesday night, I attended Pieter-Dirk Uys’ one-man memoir, “The Echo of a Noise”. Surrounded by the likes of Mike Van Graan and Justice Albie Sachs – and, in general, an entire audience of older, better-dressed South Africans – I felt uncomfortable, unfamiliar with how to conduct myself in a theatre.
Now, it’s not as if I’ve never been to the theatre before. During my primary school years I remember visiting the Baxter for Rumpelstiltskin and Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat. Between then and now, I have also had the pleasure of performing on the Baxter stage as part of a youth peer counselling group. Despite this, I still felt out of place.
So, when Uys made his way onto stage, I wasn’t sure if I should clap to welcome him in. Or, as I would at a concert or nightclub, scream his name as some form of motivation. I felt awkward. Even more so because I really wanted some of my slangetjies but the crunching of the plastic packet had already annoyed the man seated next to me. Ugh.
But then, just a few moments later, Uys did what he has been doing for over 40 years – he broke down barriers.
There I was, one of about five millennials in the audience, yet, Uys spoke straight to me.
Giving us an incredible look into the world of Pieter Dirk-Uys, I found myself relating to so many aspects of this man’s life, this great South African’s journey to now. Me, a 25-year-old from Grassy Park, connecting with a 71-year-old white Afrikaner from Pinelands. It was both amazing and surreal.
Sitting next to my own father, Uys regaled us with stories of his Pa, Hannes Uys. Oom Hannes who always had the answer. And if he didn’t, he’d make it up and they would, as his children, believe him anyway. Watching Uys relive his youthful infatuation with Sophia Loren reminded me of my own, very many, crushes with celebrities. Uys’ stories reminded me of one in particular, when I had an asthma attack in Woolworths after Danny K kissed me on my cheek and told me ‘Girls rule’ (a reference to my very ill-fitting t-shirt). Seeing my father – who grew up in Woodstock – nod along with his peers of different races and classes to Uys’ memories of Connie Mulder and Springbok Radio’s “The Creaking Door” reminded me that despite our very real differences as South Africans, there are so many equally, genuine similarities in our stories. I found myself nodding, agreeing with Uys about the importance of familiarising ourselves with the rule of law – as he had done with his ‘PR company’ the Censor Board – to ensure that no third-rate politician could fool us with their distortion of the law.
That’s what I took away from “The Echo of a Noise” – a feeling of solidarity. That, and a night filled with laughter – and some tears. And that’s Pieter-Dirk Uys. That’s always been Pieter-Dirk Uys. An artist who has, through the decades, united a very divided South Africa through laughter and, later, introspection.
Certainly, a must-see for anyone interested in South Africa, satire, and a good night out.” Carla Bernardo – IOL Tonight
4 performances ONLY! 14-17 June
Wednesday and Thursday @8pm
Friday @3pm and Saturday @4pm
Tickets from R180-R130 Barstools R100
Great discounts for Groups and Charities. Contact Geraldine Swanepoel on firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 511 1988
Theatrics Club members pay only R90
Pensioners and Students pay R120 (only available from outlets and Checkers)
Also great discounts for Edgars Club members