Two ‘Uys’ performances at Hilton College

2015-07-29 06:00
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Pieter-Dirk Uys will return to the Midlands next month.

PHOTO: supplied Pieter-Dirk Uys will return to the Midlands next month.

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AUGUST sees the return of master satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys to the Hilton College Theatre with two of his shows - Adapt or Fly on Friday­ 7 August, and An Evening With Evita Bezuidenhout on Saturday 8 August­, both starting at 7.30pm.

Uys comes to the Midlands with two of his solo shows - Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, Kidi Amin, Pik Botha, Nowell Fine, Mrs Petersen, the Old Krokodil, Madiba and the dancing DA are Coming to the Rescue.

In a time of depression, recession, fear and anger, what is better and more healing than a good laugh at the expense of those who depress, recess, frighten and annoy us?

Pieter-Dirk Uys started his one-man onslaught against politicians who should know better with Adapt or Dye in 1981.

He is back at the Hilton College Theatre­ with Adapt or Fly, holding up the cracked mirror of satire to a 21-one-year-old democracy and using humour as his weapon of mass distraction.

After successful seasons in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and a run at the Soho Theatre in London, Uys is back with his finger on the pulse of South Africa - introducing the colour red into our black and white rainbow.

Juju will join Evita, the gang of NP leaders and the cabal of ANC stalwarts in a show of strength that will put a healthy perspective on our fears and worries.

Adapt or Fly was also inspired by politics. At the height of the Malema-speak of nationalisation of mines and land-grabs of farms which frightened many people into near-panic, a spokesperson for the ANC Youth League was heard to suggest that if whites did not like the fact that the youth would take over South Africa, then they could go somewhere else - “adapt or fly”.

The second show is An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout on Saturday 8 August. Spend quality time with the most famous white woman in South Africa, a legend in her own lunchtime thanks to her cooking, an icon who can confront any aikona and share with her the optimism and fearlessness that has made her one of the most respected voices in our wilderness of free speech.

More than 30 years ago Uys started his total onslaught against careless, corrupt and unacceptable politics. Apartheid might officially be dead, but the careless, corrupt and unacceptable political crooks and clowns are still dancing centre-stage.

It is said that when history repeats itself, it can take tragedy and turn it into farce. So banish the blues, come and enjoy the blacks, whites, browns, yellows and others that make up this unique country of our dreams, for as long as we can laugh at our fear, we are still in charge of our future.

All bookings online at www.hilton theatre.co.za

Tickets R175 to R195, reserved seating.

For school-group bookings contact tickets@hiltoncol lege.com

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