Edinburgh Comedy Nominees 2019
A veritable smorgasbord of comedy nominees (and the winner) for you to tuck into.
Legendary South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys and his alter-ego Evita Bezuidenhout return to Soho Theatre with a brand-new show.
For the first time, Pieter and Evita will grace the stage together with their trademark irreverence and unique insights.
Performing characters alongside incredible clips from a vast archive of footage dating back to the late 1970s, Uys finds moments of Pythonesque madness where Mrs Bezuidenhout dances with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, flirts with Nelson Mandela, is flattered by Cyril Ramaphosa, not to forget the time she cavorted with apartheid’s Foreign Minister Pik Botha and then-Ambassador to the USA, Dr Piet Koornhof.
Uys gives an intriguing glimpse of how South Africa’s democracy was born in 1994 with so much celebration, hope and humour. Now in the 26th year of ANC governance, apartheid might never return under the same name, but corruption, racism and hate speech are finding ways to reinvent themselves. Viva South Africa’s democracy! (Ts and Cs apply).
‘Uys always works with humour, a deep insight and compassion without mincing words.’Die Burger
Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Evita Bezuidenhout has been South Africa’s most famous white woman since 1981 when she stepped into the limelight of apartheid. After his plays were banned Evita became the only way Uys could speak truth to power, because she was the establishment. Although crossdressing was illegal at the time, Evita managed to seduce South Africa’s white leaders to join her in conversation and unwittingly expose themselves.
‘Uys always works with humour, a deep insight and compassion without mincing words.'
'Evita Bezuidenhout is not a woman. Evita Bezuidenhout is a legend!'
'You are one of my heroes.'
'Just because Evita Bezuidenhout doesn't exist, doesn't mean she's not real.'
'Looking back at the 40 years Evita and Uys have spent lampooning the political elite in South Africa, you truly appreciate how important freedom of speech is.'