Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter-Dirk Uys Portrait

WRITER AND PERFORMER

Pieter-Dirk Uys born in Cape Town, has been in the theatre since the mid-1960s. Closely associated with both the Space Theatre in Cape Town and Johannesburg Market Theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, he has written and performed 20 plays and over 30 revues and one-man shows throughout South Africa and abroad. His plays Paradise is closing down, Panorama, God’s Forgotten, Faces in the Wall and Just like Home have been performed internationally, and his one-man shows Adapt or Dye, One Man One Volt, You ANC Nothing Yet, Truth Omissions, Live from Boerassic Park, Dekaffirnated and Foreign Aids have been presented in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Holland, USA, and Canada.  His performance of Foreign Aids at La Mama received the Obie Award in New York in 2004. Most of his satirical work is available in South Africa on video and so, in spite of government censorship during apartheid, he built up a very large multiracial audience. Members of the present democratic Parliament remember seeing his videos in prison and in exile!

 Pieter-Dirk Uys lives in a small town near Cape Town on the West Coast of South Africa called Darling. There he has converted the old railway station into a cabaret venue called Evita se Perron (Perron is Afrikaans for ‘station platform’). It has two theatres, a restaurant/bar, arts and craft market and a satirical garden called Boerassic Park, and is the domain of Evita Bezuidenhout, the ‘most famous white woman in South Africa’. She made her stage debut in Uys’s 1976 classic Selle ou Storie in late 2004, while her sister Bambi Kellermann starred in Same old Story

 His latest book Between the Devil and the Deep – a memoir about acting and reacting was published by Zebra/Struik in September 2005 to coincide with his 60th birthday (and Mrs Bezuidenhout's 70th).

 

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