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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


(Pieter-Dirk Uys)

This February sees the return of master satirist, the indefatigable Pieter-Dirk Uys, to the Hexagon Theatre with two of his shows: The Echo of a Noise and An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout running from February 21 to 25.

Pieter-Dirk Uys presents the astonishing The Echo of a Noise - a one-man memoir. In The Echo of a Noise, South Africa’s foremost satirist sits on a barstool, opens his heart and talks about his private and public life leading the audience into his inner-sanctuary with stories that can evoke surprise, laughter and tears.

Now in his 71st year, Uys doesn’t glance back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously pointed him in a right and original direction: his father Hannes Uys and his mother Helga Bassel; his grandmothers, his teachers, his passions, Sophia Loren, censorship, false eyelashes and making a noise when everyone demanded silence.

The second show he is presenting is An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout for one night only on February 23. "Inspirational; Transformational; Funny; Glamorous; Topical; Typically South African; Optimistic; Hopeful." These are some of the words used to describe Evita Bezuidenhout's recent State of the Nation address to corporates, conferences, think-tanks, indabas, award ceremonies and report-backs. Mrs Bezuidenhout is focusing on the need to move from the fearful negative that has infected our society to optimistic hope and excitement for a successful future for all.

Spend some quality time with the most famous white woman in South Africa, a legend in her own lunchtime thanks to her cooking, an icon who can confront any aikona and share with her the optimism and fearlessness that has made her one of the most respected voices in our wilderness of free speech.

“It is said when history repeats itself, it can take tragedy and turn it into farce. So banish the blues. Come and enjoy the blacks, whites, browns, yellows and ‘others’ that make up this unique country of our dreams. As long as we can laugh at our fear, we are still in charge of our future.”

Performances of The Echo of a Noise take place on February 21, 22, 24 and 25 with on performance of An Evening with Evita Bezuidenhout on February 23. All shows are at 19h30. Tickets R120/150 available from at

The Hexagon Theatre is part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus. For more information contact 033 260 5537 or email /

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