Pieter-Dirk Uys

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Darling
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"Comedy of Prejudice" or "You don´t have to have a

Pieter-Dirk Uys is South Africa´s most famous cabaret artist. He was born in Cape Town in 1945 and has been targeting prejudices of all kinds since the seventies. He has appeared almost all over in the world with his one-man show, and today has his own cabaret. Candid like no other, during the apartheid years the white cabaret artist condemned the system in his satires and fiercely mocked its protagonists.
Pieter-Dirk Uys began his one-man assault on the ‘Pretoria regime of the narrow-minded, bigots, amateurs and madmen‘ when his pieces, with which he had been annoying the politicians and censors since 1973, were censored more and more often in apartheid South Africa. His most successful creation, Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, is South Africa´s most famous white woman. She could permit herself almost anything in her performances and commentaries. Most of the targets of his attacks are today, as he remarks laconically, either dead, retired, fallen out of favour, insane, bed-wetters, or indeed recycled as glowing champions of black majority rule. When he happens not to be performing in the USA, in Switzerland or in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Slovenia, he plays in his home town of Darling near Cape Town.

During the apartheid years Pieter-Dirk Uys was already able to present his political targets, above all Pieter Willem Botha, Pik Botha or even Winnie Mandela, with few movements, an admirable ability to adopt the gestures and intonation of certain people and with a minimum of props. The white cabaret artist also demonstrates this talent in "Sol‘Buysa - We will get back" "South Africa in Colour", with which he appeared in the House of World Cultures in 1991. He is in his element again here as the man with the sharp, cutting tongue, as quick-change artist and imitator par excellence. He is the Angel, Petronella, Evita and Oom Herman. He is also Bishop Tutu and ´Queen´ Winnie Mandela, feeling just as happy at the party as little Katryntjie Blanckenberg, who sells kisses there for the NP and the new South Africa.

After the elections in 1994 Pieter-Dirk Uys announced a time of silence. He would not waste a word on the new politicians until they "had become human", he said, but thankfully did not keep his word. Many of his post-apartheid pieces such as "You ANC nothing yet", shown in the House of World Cultures in 1996, have become continuously updated columns on "the five years of our democracy".

"You ANC nothing yet" is one of the productions which Pieter-Dirk Uys regularly plays in "Evita se Perron", or "Evita´s Platform" in Darling. But Pieter-Dirk Uys continues to stab at the past, of course, because the past still continues to have a harmful effect. In "Truth Omissions" he brought apartheid back into accord with those who are responsible for it and from which many still live and work there. In "Live from Boerassic Park" South African history repeats itself, transforming the tragedy into a farce. The revue "For Facts Sake" deals with the fiction and facts on HIV and AIDS in South Africa and "Dekaffirnated" (or "Calling a spade a spade") with racism and political correctness. In his latest piece "Concentration Camp", PDU adopts darker tones which have long not been heard from him. And in "Bambi Kellermann", the younger sister of Evita Bezuidenhout, he creates a "Marlene Dietrich clone from hell".


Events at the HKW:
26 to 28 April 1991
Sol´Buyisa - We will get it back
Pieter-Dirk Uys:
South Africa in Colour
Organisers: House of World Cultures in collaboration with the Zentrum für Aktion, Kultur und Kommunikation (ZAKK), Düsseldorf

Author: Ulrich Joßner

Bio

Pieter-Dirk Uys was born in Cape Town in 1945, the son of a Jewish mother from Berlin and a white Calvinistic father and was thus a member of two chosen peoples, as he bitingly remarks. Since 1969 he has written over sixty plays and productions.

Works

Going Down Gorgeous

Film / TV,
2000
(SABC 3 / 2000)

Dekaffirnated

Film / TV,
2000
(Numetro / 2000)

For Facts Sake

Production / Performance,
2000
(Revue)

Concentration Camp

Production / Performance,
2000
(Cabaret)

Evita: Live and Dangerous

Production / Performance,
1999
(E-TV / 1999)

Dekaffirnated

Production / Performance,
1999
(Revue / UK, SA, Holland, USA)

Tannie Evita´s Crystal Balls

Production / Performance,
1999
(Revue)

Europeans Only

Production / Performance,
1998
Revue/ UK

Going Down Gorgeous

Production / Performance,
1998
(Revue)

Noel & Marlene

Production / Performance,
1998
(Play)

Bambi´s Xmas Kerels

Production / Performance,
1998
(Revue)

Truth Omissions

Production / Performance,
1997
(Revue: SA, UK), 1996/1997

No space on Long Street (One Man Play )

Production / Performance,
1997

Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

Production / Performance,
1997
(Revue) 1996/1997

Pieter-Dirk Uys live!

Production / Performance,
1997
Revue

Pot Luck

Production / Performance,
1997
(Revue)

Ouma Ossewania praat vuil

Production / Performance,
1997
(Revue)

Live from Boerassic Park

Production / Performance,
1997
(Revue / SA, UK)

"The Big Issue"

Published Written,
1997
Cape Town monthly 1997 + Newspaper Column

The Essential Evita

Published Written,
1997

Trekking to Teema

Published Online,
1997
(Free on www.iol.co.za)

Truth Omissions

Published Audio,
1997

You ANC Nothing Yet!

Film / TV,
1996
(Channel 4 / SABC 3 / 1996)

Funigalore: Evita´s real life adventures in wonderland

Published Written,
1995
(Penguin / 1995)

Sunday Times Magazine

Published Written,
1995
Insight SUNDUYS 1995 - 1996 Newspaper Column

SA Times London

Published Written,
1995
Newspaper Column

The Funigalore Collection

Film / TV,
1995
(Ster-Kinekor 1995)

One man one volt

Production / Performance,
1995
(Revue: SA, Holland, USA 1995)

Bambi sings the FAK songs

Production / Performance,
1995
(Cabaret / 1995)

You ANC nothing yet!

Production / Performance,
1995
(Revue: SA, UK), 1995, (USA 1997)

Evita´s Funigalore 2

Film / TV,
1994
(MNET / 1994)

Evita´s Funigalore

Film / TV,
1994
(MNET / 1994)

The Evita Bezuidenhout Collection

Film / TV,
1994
(Ster-Kinekor 1994)

One Man One Volt

Film / TV,
1994
(SABC - TV April 1994)

Holland: "Onze Wereld"

Published Written,
1994
Monthly column 1994 - 1996

South African Plays (Just like home)

Published Written,
1994
(Nick Hern / 1994)

A Part Hate A Part Love

Published Written,
1994
(Hond 1994)

The Poggenpoel Sisters

Production / Performance,
1993
(Cabaret / 1993)

An audience with an African Queen

Production / Performance,
1993
(Edinburgh, Denmark 1993)

Negerküsse

Production / Performance,
1993
(Germany 1993)

An evening with Pieter-Dirk Uys

Film / TV,
1993
(Video / 1993)

The Pieter-Dirk Uys Collection

Film / TV,
1993
(1993 +)

Sunday Tribune"

Published Written,
1993
Weekly column 1993 - 1994

Negerkusse - a satirical nightmare

Published Written,
1993
(Dolling / Germany 1993)

Saturday Night Clive

Film / TV,
1992
(BBC / 1990 -1992)

Die Vleiroos

Published Written,
1992
(Peninsula / 1992)

Paradise is closing down

Published Written,
1992
(Peninsula / 1992)

Jesus in Johannesburg

Published Written,
1992
(Amber / Nederland 1992)

Die Vlieroos

Production / Performance,
1992

Paradise is closing down - a New South African look

Production / Performance,
1992

An evening with Pieter-Dirk Uys

Production / Performance,
1992
(Revue)

Een Leven Apart

Published Written,
1991
(Jan Metz / Nederland 1991)

A Kiss on your Koeksister

Film / TV,
1991

A Message to Major

Film / TV,
1991

An audience with Evita

Production / Performance,
1991
(Holland), 1991

Südafrika in Farbe

Film / TV,
1991
1991/1992 (Germany)

A kiss on your koeksister (Revue)

Production / Performance,
1990
1990 (UK, Holland)

An audience with Evita Bezuidenhout

Production / Performance,
1990
(Revue)

A Part Hate, A Part Love

Published Written,
1990
(Random Century / 1990)

Evita´s Indaba

Film / TV,
1989
(TV Special / 1989 +)

Bite the Ballot

Film / TV,
1989
(TV Special / 1989)

Adapt or Dye: Nederland Tour

Film / TV,
1989
(TV Special / 1989)

Evita´s Indaba: The Last Decade

Film / TV,
1989
(TV Special / 1989)

HBO Comedy Special

Film / TV,
1989
(Sketch / 1989)

Scorched Earth

Production / Performance,
1989

Just Like Home

Production / Performance,
1989
1989 (UK)

PW Botha: In his own words

Published Written,
1987
(Penguin / 1987)

Panorama

Production / Performance,
1987
1987 (UK)

Cry Freemandela!

Production / Performance,
1987
(Revue)

Rearranging the deckchairs on the SA Bothatanic

Production / Performance,
1986
(Revue ), 1986

An Uys up my sleeve

Film / TV,
1986
(TV Special / 1986)

Beyond the Rubicon

Film / TV,
1986
(Video / 1986)

Across the Rubicon

Film / TV,
1986
(TV Documentary / 1986)

Skote!

Published Written,
1986
(Perskor / 1986)

Paradise is closing down and other plays

Published Written,
1986
(Penguin 1986)

No one´s died laughing

Published Written,
1986
(Penguin / 1986)

Appassionata

Published Written,
1985
(AD Donker / 1985)

Skating on thin Uys

Film / TV,
1985
(Film / 1985)

Total Onslaught

Film / TV,
1984
(Video / 1984)

Total Onslaught

Production / Performance,
1984
(Revue)

Farce about Uys

Production / Performance,
1984
(AD Donker, Jonathan Ball / 1984)

Farce about Uys

Production / Performance,
1983

Selle ou storie

Published Written,
1983
(AD Donker / 1983)

Farce about Uys

Film / TV,
1983
(Video / 1983)

Karnaval

Published Written,
1982
(AD Donker / 1982)

Adapt or Dye

Film / TV,
1982
(Video / 1982)

Appassionata

Production / Performance,
1982

Adapt or Dye

Production / Performance,
1981
(Revue), 1981 (UK, Australia, Canada, Holland)

Beyond all reason (aka "Hell is for whites only")

Production / Performance,
1981

God´s Forgotten

Published Written,
1981
(AD Donker / 1981)

Paradise is closing down

Published Written,
1980
(AD Donker / 1980)

Uyscreams with Hot Chocolate Sauce

Production / Performance,
1980
(Revue), 1980

Info Scandals

Production / Performance,
1979
(Revue), 1979

Uyscreams from the Wimpy Archipelago

Production / Performance,
1979
(Revue)

Die Aardes van Grootoor

Published Written,
1979
(Taurus / 1979)

"Sunday Express"

Published Written,
1978
Weekly column 1978 - 1981

Die van Aardes van Grootoor

Production / Performance,
1978

Black Beauty and the BOSS

Production / Performance,
1977

Paradise is closing down

Production / Performance,
1976
1976 (UK, USA)

The Rise and Fall of the first Empress Bonaparte

Published Written,
1976

Skote!

Production / Performance,
1976

God´s Forgotten

Production / Performance,
1975
USA

Karnaval

Production / Performance,
1975

Snowhite and The Special Branch

Production / Performance,
1975

Strike up the Banned

Production / Performance,
1975
Revue

Selle ou Storie

Production / Performance,
1974

Popcorn

Production / Performance,
1973

Pity about People

Production / Performance,
1973

Faces in the Wall

Production / Performance,
1969
UK
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