A strikingly symbolic setting invests the play's themes of freedom, liberty and imprisonment
with powerful ironic resonances .... Uys argues that while anti-apartheid campaigners
languish in a jail deprived of their freedom, these white middle-class women are
shackled by their ignorance, fear and even their unwanted virginity ... a subtle,
– The Independent (London)
Panorama is a maturely crafted play: each line has layer upon layer of significance;
each character strata of biography — they have weight and the encounters crackle
– Robert Greig, Business Day, 9 July 1987
With words that sting like sand, both tickling and taunting, and images that throw
long shadows across the mind, like a cloud over Table Mountain, Pieter-Dirk Uys's
new play is an uncompromising view across the bay of our fears and prejudices ...
an interesting change of direction.
– Alice Coetzee, Pretoria News, 14 August 1987
Panorama by Pieter-Dirk Uys reveals once again how the paraphernalia of apartheid
can reduce both blacks and whites to the status of social victims ... a cast that
sensitively achieves the ironic symbolism of this intriguing play.
– Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 21 June 1988
The play is a conventional naturalistic drama, a well-constructed piece of craftsmanship,
a near-extinct product of a culture nearing extinction ... it is not easy to personalize
the massive issues in the play without recourse to some form of sentimentalism, but
this succeeds brilliantly sounding the last post with awesome clarity.
– Patrick Marmion, London City Limits, 29 June 1988
All the old theatrical magic is still there. Just when you think the action is becoming
routine, Uys jabs out a string of truths which make South Africans, punch-drunk from
too many underhand political blows, realise that the situation is but a charade,
a petty play by fools on a temporary stage. The message is unsettlingly relevant
and the play itself is hilarious.
– John Michel, Weekly Mail, 11 September 1987
Pieter-Dirk Uys has found a superb setting for his 'comedy of prejudice' and he has
also found a ready-made system of farcical mechanics helpfully laid on by the South
African government. By South African standards this is an uncommonly delicate play.
– Irving Wardle, The London Times, 21 June 1988
South African Pieter-Dirk Uys' well-crafted, compelling play is set in a room with
a view. Such a strikingly symbolic setting invests the play's themes of freedom,
liberty and imprisonment with powerful ironic resonances.
– Georgina Brown, The Independent, 24 June 1988
The writing perfectly catches the mixture of good will and ingrained prejudice that
characterises many who consider themselves liberal.
– Martin Hoyle, Financial Times, 21 June 1988
Panorama is Pieter-Dirk Uys's best play in years ... it is a trenchant piece of writing,
a pitch-black comedy which has Uys on his mettle.
– Derek Wilson, The Argus, 9 July 1987
After the bad experiences of recent weeks, I was beginning to despair of local playwrights
and directors. But Pieter-Dirk Uys has restored my faith and good humour. This is
probably his best play yet. At times Panorama seems like a comedy, but Uys's purpose
is always serious. It has the capacity to go beyond preaching to the converted, which
so many local playwrights have been doing. Panorama has shown the way forward for
– David Williams, SA Financial Mail, 11 September 1987
Pieter-Dirk Uys has hit the jackpot with his skilfully crafted new play about Robben
Island. Using his trump cards of comedy and satire, Uys's multi-layered work exposes
the embarrassing lack of communication and understanding that exists between white
and black women of equal education in this country. Evidence of his sharp penetrating
eye was everywhere.