Pieter-Dirk Uys’s one man show

Having performed alone on the stages of the world for well over seven thousand times, Pieter-Dirk Uys has learnt that every show is the first and the last performance – because each audience demands and gets a different energy, topicality and excitement.

In his latest show, The Echo of a Noise, on at Theatre on the Bay, South Africa’s foremost satirist sits on a barstool, wearing his black beanie on his head and his Almost Famous sweatshirt, and with his impish smile, he even looks like a naughty goblin trapped by the spotlight.

Within minutes, he fills the auditorium with his presence. This is just Uys speaking, and he opens his heart and talks about his private and public life. The big hair and silky repartee of Evita Bezuidenhout, or the smoky drone of the sexy Bambi Kellermann have been stored elsewhere for some other time. It soon becomes clear that the title of his autobiographical one-man memoir, The Echo of a Noise, doesn’t really do justice to what he presents here.

He leads you into his inner sanctuary, takes you through our history and shows where what is public and private meet.

The Echo of a Noise is at the Theatre on the Bay from until Sunday June 18, Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 8pm. Tickets cost from R100 to R160. Book through Computicket or call or 021 438 3301.