He’s always felt capable of handling anything life throws at him. “A terminal optimist” is how Pieter-Dirk Uys has often described himself. “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”: that was his motto and it served him well . . . until a pandemic rolled in.
In the blink of an eye, everything changed. Evita se Perron, his beloved theatre in the little West Coast town of Darling in the Western Cape stood eerily empty and the 220 performances that had been scheduled for the year were all cancelled.
All this he could accept but what broke his heart was that, as the bills piled up, he had no choice but to retrench the 10 staff members who worked at the Perron.