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Pieter-Dirk Uys in ‘#HeTwo’

Hy tree in gesprek met Evita Bezuidenhout

– AJ Opperman, Beeld, 16 July 2019

 

Die satirikus Pieter-Dirk Uys wonder in sy jongste produksie, #HeTwo, of dit seksisties of teistering is om ’n vrouekarakter te vertolk.

 

“Die punt is nou politieke korrektheid. Haatspraak? Of net ’n vrot sin vir humor? Ly ons nou aan ’n ironie-bypass? Vir hoe lank sal Pieter-Dirk Uys toegelaat word om ’n vrou te speel?” vra Uys, wat nou vir die eerste keer op die verhoog met sy gewilde alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout, in gesprek tree. Evita verskyn op ’n skerm.

 

#HeTwo, wat op 31 Julie in die Pieter Toerien-teater by Montecasino in Johannesburg begin, is geïnspireer deur #HeToo.

 

Uys dra Evita se uitrustings en grimering al sedert die laat 1970’s.

 

“#HeTwo verwys na die ‘ek’ wat ook die ‘sy’ speel — my twee karakters. Snaaks genoeg is die ‘regte’ Evita glad nie wat mense sou verwag nie. Ek ook nie!”

 

Uys stel die vraag: Waarom ’n karakter soos Evita?

 

Is daar ’n rede vir die verhouding wat al meer as 40 jaar duur — een wat destyds onwettig was?

 

“Ek bedoel dit was teen die wet dat mans vroueklere dra. Ook op ’n verhoog. Ek kon nooit ’n antwoord kry nie.”

 

Op die skerm is daar ’n blik op haar en oudpres. Nelson Mandela, emeritus-aartsbiskop Desmond Tutu, Pik Botha en mylpale in haar lewe.

 

“Tussen die insetsels is ek op die verhoog met karakters wat hul opinies oor haar en die land se politiek deel. Natuurlik PW Botha (my ‘bread & botha’) en Pik (‘haar geliefde vriend’) terwyl die regte Pik haar op die wang soen! Daar is ook ander wat ’n storie het om te vertel.”

 

Dit is die eerste keer dat Uys en Evita op die verhoog gesels, maar hulle het al op TV in die kykNET-fliek Kyk net vir tannie saam verskyn, waar hy en sy in ’n TV-ateljee met die sanger en aanbieder Coenie de Villiers gesels.

 

“In die laat 1970’s was die politiek van Nasionaliste en die Inligtingskandaal oordonderend, maar moeilik om oor te praat, of te lag.

 

“Apartheid was nooit snaaks nie, maar die mense wat agter die wette en die skerms gesit het met hul skynheilig Christelike auras, was belaglik en gevaarlik.”

 

Uys wou met hulle die spot dryf en hulle uitlok en het hom tot ’n karakter gewend.

 

Evita het in Uys se revue Adapt or Dye in 1981 verskyn en sy sou ná drie weke nie meer bestaan nie. “Sy sou verdwyn in daardie kleedkamer. Daar was geen planne om haar verder te stoot nie.”

 

Sy het wel op die regte oomblik gebeur.

 

“Mense wou nie net vir grappe lag nie. Hulle wou die absurde surrealiteit van afsonderlike ontwikkeling uitjou. Evita kon ook dinge sê wat ek nie kon of wou sê nie. Sy was ’n ikoon van die Nasionale Party en sy het my verpes.”

 

Sy was ook ’n behulpsame wapen. “Sy (ek) kon dus aan die minister van polisie skryf om vir Pieter-Dirk Uys op te sluit! Die grap was, die minister het teruggeskryf: ‘Kan nie vir Pieter-Dirk Uys opsluit nie, want die tronke is vol van al die ander.’ My grootste les: Jou teikens het ook ’n sin vir humor!”

 

■ #HeTwo word van 31 Julie tot 18 Augustus in die Pieter Toerien-teater in Johannesburg aangebied. Kaartjies kos R100 tot R240. Bespreek by Computicket.

 

■ Daarna volg nog speelvakke. Dit is van 28 Augustus tot 14 September in die Theatre on the Bay in Kampsbaai op die planke. Kaartjies kos R150 tot R220.

 

Ook van 19 tot 24 November in die Elizabeth Sneddon-teater in Durban. Kaartjies kos R160. Bespreek by Computicket.

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#HETWO Comes to Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre

Broadway World, 9July.2019   

 

In 1981 a woman appeared out of the dressing room of the Market Theatre, stepped onto the stage and smiled. Before she even gave her name she was a legend. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was presented to the audience, the nation and the world. She is still going stronger than ever. No longer a recognised Nationalist as she was during those years of apartheid rule, she is now a member of the African National Congress, secure in her Luthuli House kitchen where she cooks for reconciliation. For nearly forty years she has had to tolerate the impersonation of her by a local comedian. She tried to sue him for libel; she swore never to allow him into her life and yet, now in the 25th year of her democracy, she will be on the stage with Pieter-Dirk Uys at the same time.

 

The question to PDU was always: why this female character of Evita? There are many answers. When he started impersonating her in 1978, it was illegal to have an opinion about anything political, so maybe an Afrikaans woman with an NP husband could spill the beans. The fact that she was portrayed by a man dressed as a woman when crossdressing was also illegal, could force the edge of the envelope. Or maybe that she was there for only one reason: to eventually make Nelson Mandela laugh. And she did. They met and he laughed. She also embraced Archbishop Desmond Tutu who also laughed. She posed with countless legends and South Africans, black and white, laughed - with relief.

 

Evita Bezuidenhout will always be ten years older than Pieter-Dirk Uys. He seems to be catching up. His Darling venue, Evita se Perron, has been going for 22 years, established as a reckonized international tourist destination and local satirical Stonehenge. Who would have thought that Tannie Evita would become a farce to be reckoned with, to be hailed and celebrated as the most famous white woman in South Africa? And now as a member of the ANC, sharing her weekly comments on YouTube and Daily Maverick about the state of her nation, where her Evita's Free Speech has gathered supporters from all the corners of the globe? Her 140,000 Twitter followers are not just, as she thinks, in the same prison outside Rustenburg.

 

Now in 2019, for the first time, she and her ageing impersonator will confront each other face to face.

 

There can only be one winner.

 

#HeTwo will perform in Johannesburg at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre from 31 July to 18 August (Book at Computicket) and in Cape Town at Theatre on the Bay from 27 August to 14 September (Book at Computicket or theatre)

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Pieter-Dirk Uys & Evita Bezuidenhout in #He Two

Pieter-Dirk Uys and his iconic alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout finally join forces in his new comedy spectacular, #He Two. Catch them go head to head at the Pieter Toerein Main Theatre in Montecasino this August.

– Tarryn Jameson, Joburg.co.za, 22 May 2019

 

What Is It?

 

Tannie Evita has been part of South African’s lives since 1980 — as a famous wife, grandmother, political ambassador and cadre to the masses. All the while, playwright and comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys has lurked in the background — that is until now, of course. The formidable Tannie and her creator will finally take to the stage together. Join them at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre this August for a comedy spectacular unlike anything you will have seen before. The title says it all — #He Two. Don’t miss it!

 

When Is It?

 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 – Sunday, 18 August 2019

Show times:

Wednesdays – Fridays at 20:00

Saturdays at 16:00 and 20:00

Sundays at 15:00

 

**Please note that the Saturday, 3 August 2019 shows will be at 15:00 and 20:00.

 

Visit Computicket for further show dates and times.

 

Where Is It?

 

Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Bouelvard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

 

How Much Is It?

 

Tickets cost R100 – R240 per person. Book yours here.

 

For more information

 

For more information, visit Pieter Toerien Productions website.

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#HeTwo Is Coming

 

Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen. Los Aangeles Times

 

In 1981 a woman appeared out of the dressing room of the Market Theatre, stepped onto the stage and smiled. Before she even gave her name she was a legend. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was presented to the audience, the nation and the world. She is still going stronger than ever. No longer a recognised Nationalist, as she was during those years of apartheid rule, she is now a member of the African National Congress, secure in her Luthuli House kitchen where she cooks for reconciliation. For nearly forty years she has had to tolerate the impersonation of her by a local comedian. She tried to sue him for libel; she swore never to allow him into her life and yet, now in the 25th year of her democracy, she will be on the stage with Pieter-Dirk Uys at the same time.

 

The question to PDU was always: Why this female character of Evita? There are many answers. When he started impersonating her in 1978, it was illegal to have an opinion about anything political, so maybe an Afrikaans woman with an NP husband could spill the beans. The fact that she was portrayed by a man dressed as a woman, when crossdressing was also illegal, could force the edge of the envelope. Or maybe that she was there for only one reason: to eventually make Nelson Mandela laugh. And she did. They met and he laughed. She also embraced Archbishop Desmond Tutu who also laughed. She posed with countless legends and South Africans, black and white, laughed — with relief.

       

Evita Bezuidenhout will always be ten years older than Pieter-Dirk Uys. He seems to be catching up. His Darling venue, Evita se Perron, has been going for twenty-two years, established as a recognised international tourist destination and local satirical Stonehenge. Who would have thought that Tannie Evita would become a farce to be reckoned with, to be hailed and celebrated as the most famous white woman in South Africa? And now as a member of the ANC, sharing her weekly comments on YouTube and Daily Maverick about the state of her nation, where her Evita's Free Speech has gathered supporters from all the corners of the globe? Her 140,000 Twitter followers are not just, as she thinks, in the same prison outside Rustenburg.

 

Now in 2019, for the first time, she and her ageing impersonator will confront each other face to face.

 

There can only be one winner.

 

#HeTwo will be performed in Johannesburg at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre from 31 July to 18 August (Book at Computicket) and in Cape Town at Theatre on the Bay from 27 August to 14 September (Book at Computicket or theatre)

 

@TannieEvita

www.evita.co.za

www.pdu.co.za

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