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