Written and Directed by Paul Slabolepszy
Starring Ashley Dowds

A story that moves from pure nostalgia, through extreme heartache, to unbridled joy… The Return of Elvis du Pisanie is all at once – sad, amusing and gloriously uplifting…

Ashley Dowds stars as Eddie du Pisanie, in the revival of Paul Slabolepszy’s hit play, The Return Of Elvis du Pisanie. Photo by Keaton Ditchfield.

Eddie du Pisanie (played by Ashley Dowds) – a forty-six year old East Rand salesman – is retrenched and decides life is no longer worth living. He writes a suicide note to his wife and is about to gas himself in his car in the garage, when he switches on the car radio. The Elvis Presley song he hears does more than take him back 30 years – it recalls an event in his childhood that changed his life forever. Abandoning – for the moment – the idea of suicide, he drives the 200 kilometre journey to the town in which he grew up, to a lamp post opposite the ex-Carlton Bioscope in Witbank, there to retrace his life, to try to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and – perhaps most importantly – why it went wrong…
Can we change our own destinies…? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out…

“A milestone for South African Theatre…!”
(Humphrey Tyler SUNDAY TRIBUNE)

“He mesmerises his audience…! Not to be missed…!”
(Garalt McLiam THE STAR)

“The Great South African Novel come to life onstage…!”
“Profound poetry… Equal to anything by Beckett or Pinter…!”
“Nothing less than the new Bosman… what a performance, what a play…!”
(Iain MacDonald THE ARGUS)

“Buy, beg or steal but get your hands on a ticket for this magnificent play…!”

“A vigorous, robust tour de force… a memorable evening of theatre…!”

“A tale – fragile and beautiful as blown glass – of dreams lost and found…”
(Brenda van Rooyen PRETORIA NEWS)

The Return of Elvis du Pisanie – first performed in July, 1992 – has the distinction of having won more awards (in a single year) than any other play in the history of South African Theatre – 1993 Vita, Fleur du Cap and Dalro Awards included Best New South African Play, Best Actor, Best Production, Best Director – as well as The Star “Tonight”/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy. It has also been presented – by invitation – in Washington DC and Chicago, USA.


Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre

Limited 2-week season ONLY: 10 May – 26 May

Tickets at Webtickets and Theatre Box Office (011) 511 1988.




Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay

30 May – 15 June

Tickets at Webtickets and Theatre Box Office (021) 438-3301.



Pieter Toerien presents Agatha Christie’s ingenious courtroom drama, for the first time in South Africa!

This classic Christie will delight audiences and keep everyone on the edge of their seats right up till the thrilling climax that will leave you stunned!

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION is a gripping tale of justice, passion, betrayal and revenge. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her fortune. The stakes are high – will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?


Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 29 May until 30 June, 2024

Theatre On The Bay from 3 July until 10 August, 2024


Don’t miss this thrilling production from the Queen of Cunning!

With All Star Cast including Graham Hopkins, Sharon Spiegel Wagner, Mike Huff, Peter Terry, Craig Jackson, Brett Kruger, Dianne Simpson, Matthew Lotter, Micah Stojakovic & Jordan Soares