Uys receives rave reviews for Adapt or FlyDIVA PR
Three decades after a politician gave him the title Adapt or Dye, Uys is once again inspired by another who said: Adapt or Fly!
Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout and familiar characters Pik Botha, Nowell Fine, Mrs Petersen, the old Krokodil, Madiba and the dancing Prez come to the rescue! In a time of depression, recession, fear and anger, what is better and more healing than a good laugh at the expense of those who depress, recess, frighten and annoy us?
Adapt or Fly is a politically incorrect production that features many controversial Prime ministers, presidents and politicians, from Pik Botha and FW de Klerk, to Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma and including political advice for Julius ‘Juju’ Malema (aka Kidi Amin).
The show also celebrates Uys’s career that has spanned three decades. In 1981 he started his total onslaught against careless, corrupt and unacceptable politics. Apartheid might officially be dead today, but the careless, corrupt and unacceptable political crooks and clowns are still dancing centre stage.
It is said when history repeats itself, it can take tragedy and turn it into farce. So banish the blues. Come and enjoy the blacks, whites, browns, yellows and ‘others’ that make up this unique country of our dreams. As long as we can laugh at our fear, we are still in charge of our future.
Adapt or Fly runs until 30 June from Mondays to Saturdays at 8pm at the Baxter Theatre with tickets from R100 to R140 via Computicket. Special discounts for Senior Citizens, Students, School Learners and groups of ten or more are available via 021 680 3962 or email@example.com
What the press have had to say -
Adapt or Fly isn't just cheap humour for a good night out. It offers a timely and truthful message about where we were, where we are, and where we could go if we don’t wake up. This is a show that gets into your head (and perhaps into your heart as well).
BIZCommunity.com / Eugene Yiga / 15 June 2012
Adapt or Fly is a work of technical mastery. Not merely a set of poignant pastiches of politicians, the show develops thematically to express a political insight that is a revelatory experience. Uys creates links between South Africa's past and its present that are chilling and shocking. A thrilling and thought-provoking roller-coaster ride through our tempestuous timeline and an accessible must-see for all and any, whether tourist, South African citizen or ex-citizen. Pieter-Dirk Uys's sketches provoke thought and debate long after the house lights have come up.
Whatsonincapetown.com/Artslink.co.za / Kelly-Eve Koopman / 15 June 2012
The show is all done in good humour, but the underlying seriousness of the topics and the grim transgressions of our politicians are glaringly obvious. Uys is still our number one icon when it comes to political and social satire.
Cape Times / Astrid Stark / 14 June 2012
This is an artist that is still integral to our local cultural sphere, even at the age of 66, and I for one hope he never stops telling truth to power.
48Hours / Peter Tromp / 15 June 2012
Hy bly 'n meesterlike satirikus. Sy pittige, kort kommentaar is onverbeterlik. In sy solovlug laat loop Uys almal wat dit verdien nog deeglik deur.
Die Burger / Mariana Malan / 15 June 2012
(Translation from Afrikaans: He stays a master satirist. His snappy punchlines are priceless. In his solo flight he thrashes everyone who deserves it.)
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