The Echo of a Noise 2017-07-06T16:46:17+00:00

Project Description

Pieter-Dirk Uys in THE ECHO OF A NOISE
a one-man memoir

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 71st 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.

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Tuesday 4 July – Saturday 15 July

Tuesday-Friday @8pm, Sat @5pm and 8pm

Sold out performances: 6/07 @8pm, 8/07 @8pm, 13/07 @8pm and 15/07 @5pm

Running time: 105 minutes without an interval



Only available at Computicket outlets, theatre box office or through our call centre (0861 915 8000):


All performances, all seats, show ONLY tickets: Monday – R128.00 / R96.00 / R80.00 per person , Tuesday to Saturday – R144.00 / R120.00 / R96.00 per person.

SCHOLARS (school going children accompanied by adult):

Tuesday to Thursday at 20h00 and Saturday at 17h00, show ONLY tickets: Half price on all seats.

RANDGO (on presentation of valid code):

All performance, top price seats (max 6 per person): R144.00 / R128.00

Only available at Computicket outlets:

SENIOR CITIZENS 60+ (on presentation of ID):

Wednesday to Thursday at 20h00 and Saturday at 17h00, show ONLY tickets: Half price on all seats.

STUDENTS (on presentation of valid Student card):

Tuesday to Thursday at 20h00 and Saturday at 17h00, show ONLY tickets: Half price on all seats.


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Please contact Mike de Beer at Pieter Toerien Productions on (021) 438 3301 (ext 19) /

“Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.” Los Angeles Times

“Grahamstown: the curtain rises in the largest theatre here (1000 seats). South Africa’s foremost satirist sits on a barstool, almost dwarfed by the immense stage. Within minutes he fills the auditorium with his presence.

This is just Pieter-Dirk Uys speaking and he opens his heart and talks about his private and public life. The big hair and silky repartee of Evita Bezuidenhout have been stored elsewhere for some other time. 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. The packed auditorium rose as one with a ‘Bravo Pieter!’ and the standing ovation was thunderous. This was arguably the 7000th+ solo performance and yet it felt like his very first. An artist who can still cause a major traffic jam outside the theatre!” Laetitia Pople – DIE BURGER (translation)

Pieter-Dirk Uys