Evita and Pieter rise to the occasion

2009-02-24 00:00

WITH a single spotlight illuminating the stage and the power of words, Pieter-Dirk Uys held the audience at the Elizabeth Sneddon in the palm of his hand as he shared the fear and joy he experienced in his first sexual relationships.

Uys was a young student at the University of Cape Town in 1967 and one evening met a young coloured man. The pair hit it off and headed back to the young man’s home, which wasn’t on the Cape Flats as the satirist had expected, but was a garden shed at a house in Kenilworth.

The experience left him both happy and fearful — this was, after all, a time when love across the colour line was banned and homosexuality was illegal — and changed his political outlook.

Listening to him share this part of his life was deeply moving and in sharp contrast to the earlier part of the show when the audience was introduced to some new characters and renewed their acquaintance with some old friends.

Both Hillary and Bill Clinton were given the usual Uys treatment and comments like “We ended our bush war peacefully” (Hillary) and “When I lied nobody died” (Bill) went down well with the audience. Uys’s wry comment about that was that “politicians have to lie, if they told the truth we’d never vote for them.”

His next skit introduced Karin from Brakpan who had moved to the United States with her husband and was now working at the White House, cleaning up dog poop, before Noelle Fine appeared with complaints about the Department of Home Affairs. After her came Cape Town resident Mrs Pietersen who was wondering who to vote for and why politicians only bothered to talk to voters just before an election.

There was also a brief appearance from P. W. Botha who compared notes with Thabo Mbeki, before ANC president Jacob Zuma — in the form of a doll with a showerhead coming out the top of his head — made an appearance.

The second half of the show was devoted to Evita Bezuidenhout, who spoke about her new party, encouraged people to vote and gave a few foreign visitors in the audience a hard time, before putting eThekwini municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe in the hot seat to answer questions about street renaming in Durban.

There were plenty of laughs in Elections and Erections, but Uys also left the audience with plenty to think about. The April 22 elections are important, so do as Evita says everyone and make your mark.

Estelle Sinkins

• Elections and Erections can be seen at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN Durban campus until February 28. Booking is at Computicket.

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