Pieter-Dirk Uys brings his new show Sell-by Date to Johannesburg, featuring the renowned Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout and a host of South Africa’s favourite characters. The show will run at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Main Theatre theatre from 24 August to 10 September.
As expected from his one-person performances, Sell-by Date features not only Uys, but a cluster of topical characters: male, female and political.
Being active in live theatre since the late 1960s, Uys is not surprised when people now ask: “When will you retire?” His answer is short and sweet: “Not retyre; retread!” Sell-by Date will also show Uys at his 77-year old best, bringing laughter to various states of disaster. As always, his political scriptwriters are not letting him down, even when the lights fade to black.
A sell-by date on food usually means: throw way. A sell-buy date in Uys’ hands will reflect a new post-Covid energy that, while his audition might be over and the disease to please has been cured, proves that Uys’ show is always a highlight to remember.
“And so Pieter-Dirk Uys, our satirist extraordinaire, a lancer of our national boils chooses, after four decades of dressing up and dressing down leaders from PW Botha to Julius Malema, does probably the only thing left to do: take off his own clothes! Sell-by Date is a courageous, vulnerable, masterful performance by an actor who forms part of our cultural life and lexicon. There may have been a ‘best before’, but Pieter has no sell-by date!” – Steve Kretzmann The Critter (21 May 2023)
“Bravo to Pieter-Dirk Uys, South Africa’s treasured satirist, treading the boards at 77 and holding on to his crate of props and costumes for the show that beckons beyond the sell-by date. Bravo to Pieter-Dirk Uys and his truly unstoppable titanium Tannie Evita and for bringing his wonderful energy and satire to lift us out of ourselves.” – Robyn Cohen The Cape Robyn (25 May 2023)
“In this dreary run-of-the-mill world, trust Pieter-Dirk Uys to stir it up and remind us who we are and who we want to be – and who we never were. Brilliantly executed, sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, sometimes insensitive, sometimes displaying remarks which will make you wince, but you will never be bored.” – Greg Landman Magic Grape Tours (20 May 2023)
Sell-by Date will show in Johannesburg at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Main Theatre from 24 August to 10 September 2023. Tickets cost R150 to R250 and can be booked through Webtickets.