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RECENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS

 

Review of The Echo of a Noise in Johannesburg  — March 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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 take his listeners on a journey to a place somewhere in the hinterland between laughter and tears, in this soul-baring show that has unniversal 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

 

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Reviews of Die Van Aardes van Grootoor: The Musical in Cape Town  — December 2015

 

Uys’s political family drama is biting and relevant. There are moments in the play where the writing strikes a raw nerve and you can feel the collective wincing of the audience. Uys is an equal opportunity satirist and shows no mercy as he wields his pen, and this musical seals his reputation for being brutally honest and fiercely passionate.

– Tracey Saunders, Cape Times, 28 December 2015

 

**** Pieter-Dirk Uys has outdone himself in lampooning drama that exploits the universal greed for voyeurism, and although Die Van Aardes… was first staged nearly 40 years ago, it has lost none of its relevance between now and then.  Sly, intelligent humour abounds.  Anyone who enjoys intelligent satire will be highly diverted by this show.

– Beverrley Brommert, Cape Argus, 22 December 2015

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Review of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Cape Town  — November 2015

 

***** An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish is ’n tour de ­force aangebied deur ’n gesoute akteur wat seepglad en selfversekerd stoksielalleen vir ongeveer ’n uur en ’n half ’n vol ouditorium mesmeriseer.

Herman Lategan, Die Burger, 10 November 2015

 

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Review of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Johannesburg  — September/October 2015

 

**** There is simply no one better than Pieter-Dirk Uys for the times we find ourselves in.  He is the only comedian who can still make us laugh at the problems that beset our country, although it may feel as if you are swallowing barbed wire.  So if you are in the doldrums for whatever reason, this brilliant show will console, entertain and invigorate you.

– Leon van Nierop, The Citizen, 23 September 2015

 

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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

 

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Reviews of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Cape Town  — February/March 2015

 

**** Razor-sharp satire of great intelligence.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 24 February 2015

 

Effortlessly incorporating references to recent news events, parliamentary skylarking and even a bit of sexual innuendo into his dialogue, it is Uys' infectious optimism that ultimately trumps all.  An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish is already the most sought-after invitation in town.  Do anything you must to secure your seat.

-- Steyn du Toit, Cape Times, 2 March 2015

 

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Reviews of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Uys in London  — July 2014

 

**** Intelligent, visceral, theatrical and fun.

– Alex Hardy, The Times, 16 July 2014

 

Uys has not lost his bite, nor his enthusiasm for our homeland. His ability to poke fun while remaining upbeat is inspiring.

– Liz Frost, The South African, 14 July 2014

 

*** A striking character-based showcase ... the mood shuttles from chilling to farce, with topical gags offering added relevance.

– Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 15 July 2014

 

Uys is an incredible transformative actor, fully inhabiting the characters he presents to become unrecognisable under even the most cursory costume.

– Steve Bennett, Chortle, 16 July 2014

 

When Pieter-Dirk Uys gets on stage, no one and nothing is safe. Through his incisive impressions of well-known figures [and] his mimicking of ordinary South Africans, his sharp satire is as pointedly political as ever.  And his frank treatment of white Afrikaner guilt as well as the contradictions of today’s South Africa is cathartic and much needed.

– Helen Reid, Think Africa Press, 25 July 2014

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Reviews of 50 Shades of Bambi  in Johannesburg  —   February/March 2014

 

Spending time with Bambi is definitely time well spent.

– Jennifer de Klerk, Saturday Star, 8 March 2014

 

50 Shades of Bambi is a bittersweet fictional musical memoir of one of Uys’s alter egos, former stripper Bambi Kellermann, which also pokes fun at verkrampte attitudes to sex and sexuality. Cocking a snook at such poppycock, Bambi/Uys cheekily gives traditional volksliedjies such as Hier’s Ek Weer and Hoe Ry die Boere Sit-Sit-So a subversive twist, in between Kurt Weill standards. Several shades away from ordinary, the bold and bodacious Bambi is anything but grey — entertainment with a risqué edge.

– Christina Kennedy, Business Day, 6 March 2014

 

**** Bambi gets down low and dirty, speaks her mind to show how it’s done and says with pride that she’s experienced everything — twice. But Bambi is no ordinary tannie. She constantly catches you off guard with her sharp wit which turns a mild-mannered phrase into something completely different. There’s silly and there’s serious and Bambi does both as she talks about condoms and vaginas, female contraception and the apartheid between children and parents. “It’s back,” says Bambi sadly. What you’re seeing is not only Fifty Shades of Bambi but rather Fifty Shades of PDU, an artist who knows how to speak to the hearts of his audience. And this time he does it in both stilettos and song.

– Diane de Beer, Tonight, 4 March 2014

 

Satirist Pieter-Dirk’s Uys’ alter ego, Bambi Kellermann, the sister of Evita Bezuidenhout, is back in the full glare of the spotlight, blasting off about the country, sexual matters of a very sensitive nature, drugs, rock ‘n roll and anything else that catches her eye. Dressed to the hilt, with a sharp blonde wig and in a full-length black costume, Bambi holds court for an hour-and-a half, dispensing gems of wisdom and her own special take on South Africa. It’s different, but a “story” that certainly makes one think — especially her insistence that we all make a difference at the elections in May.

– Peter Feldman, Artslink, 27 February 2014

 

50 Shades of Bambi is recommended for anyone who believes in freedom of expression and the right to choose what is best for them. Pieter-Dirk Uys had audiences wrapped up in laughter and falling off their seats.

Gugu Zwane, Sandton Chronicle, 28 February 2014

 

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Reviews of Adapt or Fly in Cape Town — January 2014

 

**** Uys is absolutely at his brilliant best. As intelligent, thought-provoking entertainment, Adapt or Fly is hard to beat.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 15 January 2014

 

Adapt or Fly is deliciously humorous yet compelling; it deserves to run for years and years, adapting as it flies.

– Benn van der Westhuizen, Artslink, 11 January 2014

 

Adapt or Fly isn't just cheap humour for a good night out; it offers a timely and truthful message about where we were, where we are, and where we could go if we don't wake up.

– Eugene Yiga, Times LIVE, 17 January 2014

 

Pieter-Dirk Uys at his satirical best

– Lauren Vogt, Artslink, 16 January 2014

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