Reviews of

The Echo of a Noise

(full texts of reviews are found in the Archives)

Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Johannesburg  — April 2023

Uys imbues The Echo of a Noise with insight and sensitivity and enough colour and wit and depth to engage throughout.

– Bruce Dennill, participate, 1 May 2023

It’s a beautiful work, a tale rich in so many echoes and shadows, ghosts and dreams that the work’s 90 minutes slips by in an instant.  See it you must.

– Robyn Sassen, My View, 1 May 2023


Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in London  — May/June 2018

***  Uys is a capable raconteur with an eventful story that shines a light on social and political history across two continents.  The Echo of a Noise offers a privileged but engaged perspective on apartheid’s near half-century, from a performer who learned early to laugh at his own fears, and is still doing so.

– Brian Logan, The Guardian, 5 June 2018

Uys is a captivating anecdotalist who pulls you in with more than mere laughs. The Echo of a Noise

is not just funny and political, it is touching too.

– Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 14 June 2018


Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Durban  — July/August 2017

Uys has never been better!

– Billy Suter, sosuterbill.com, 27 July 2017

Uys is a master story teller whose characters are always entertaining and at the same time often poignant. This wonderful trip down memory lane is a treasure and definitely a show not to be missed.

– Dawn Haynes, artSMart, 30 July 2017

Uys’ finest work.

– Estelle Sinkins, the luvvie, 2 August 2017

Engaging, dramatic, poignant, bitingly satirical and hysterically funny — don’t miss it!

– Caroline Smart, artSMart, 27 July 2017

Poignant, funny and nostalgic, Pieter Dirk Uys enthralls with The Echo of a Noise.

–  Wanda Daly, Berea Mail, 27 July 2017



Review of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — July 2017

Pieter-Dirk Uys has a knack for knocking life into perspective.  Long may he remain our moral signpost.

– Sheila Chisholm, Weekend Special, 7 July 2017


Review of Weerklank van ‘n Wanklank (The Echo of a Noise) in Oudtshoorn  — April 2017

Uys is a compelling and  dynamic storyteller.

– Willem Bester, Krit (KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn), 14 April 2017


Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Johannesburg  — March 2017

***** The audience is captured by Uys’s politically-incorrect humour, inexhaustible energy and optimism ... he is the only person who can make you sadly smile at life and our present confusing politics.  Bravo.

– Leon van Nierop, Rapport, 2 April 2017

Perched on a barstool under a spotlight on an otherwise empty stage, 71-year-old Uys can still hold an audience absolutely mesmerised just by talking. ... The Echo of a Noise is the most honest and wonderful performance I’ve ever seen him give.

– Lesley Stones, Daily Maverick, 28 March 2017


Review of The Echo of a Noise in Pietermaritzburg  — February 2017

A unique opportunity to enjoy an intimate performance while learning more about the legendary actor, and of course a night of laughter.  Don’t miss THE ECHO OF A NOISE.

– Kavitha Pillay, The Witness (Pietermaritzburg), 23 February 2017


Review of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — December 2016

A must-see for anyone interested in South Africa, satire, and a good night out.

– Carla Bernardo, Tonight, 1 December 2016



Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Grahamstown  — July 2016

Uys is a smash hit!

– Verne Rowin Munsamy. ArtSMart, 3 July 2016

Rich, funny, tender and brilliantly executed.

– Brenda Daniels, A Feast of Tales, 3 July 2016


Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — June 2016

In The Echo of a Noise, Uys presents a collection of vignettes drawn from his childhood and early career. The result is a touching and intensely personal meditation wrapped in a bright, light-hearted package, flavoured with the kind of vivid anecdotes and seemingly effortless quips audiences have come to love about him over the years. The production cuts so much deeper than a mere evening’s worth of entertainment.  What a profound 90-minute journey it turns out to be!

– Steyn Du Toit, Cape Times, 8 June 2016

***** The Echo of a Noise is an austerely staged tour de force from a man of the theatre capable of seducing his audience with nothing more than a fluent monologue for well over an hour.  Uys takes his listeners on a journey to a place somewhere in the hinterland between laughter and tears, in this soul-baring show that has universal resonance.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 7 June 2016

The Echo of a Noise is a soul-baring honest memoir brought to stage by the one who can tell the story best… the one who lived the tale.  Time feels like it is standing still, as you hang onto every word of this skilled story teller.  Truly inspirational!

– Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town, 7 June 2016

Hy is ’n meesterlike storieverteller, sonder arrogansie of selfbeheptheid.

– Maryke Roberts, Litnet, 3 June 2016


Review of The Echo of a Noise in Grahamstown  — July 2015

Hy bly ’n meesterstorieverteller, wat net so vinnig met homself spot soos met al die ander wat onder sy tong deurloop.

– Laetitia Pople, Die Burger, 9 Julie 2015