Win tickets to see Pieter-Dirk Uys

The two faces of Pieter-Dirk Uys in #HeTwo, headed for Pietermaritzburg and Durban soon. Picture by Stefan Hurter.

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BY BILLY SUTER

HOW would you like to be in line to be one of three winners of double tickets to attend the first Durban performance of Pieter-Dirk Uys’s new show, #HeTwo, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 19?

Pieter-Dirk Uys and his alter-ego, Evita Bezuidenhout, appear together in this new comedy, competition entry details for which appear at the end of this story.

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Evita “face off” on stage together for the first time in South African history in the new show, which runs at 7.30 nightly from November 14 to 16 at Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre (booking at WebTickets). Performances at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre season are at 7.30pm on November 19, 21 and 22, and 3pm on November 23 and 24. Booking is at Computicket).

In 1981 a woman appeared out of the dressing room of the Market Theatre, stepped onto the stage and smiled. Virtually before she even gave her name, she was a legend.

Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was presented to the audience, the nation and the world. She is still going stronger than ever. No longer a recognised Nationalist as she was during those years of apartheid rule, she is now a member of the African National Congress, secure in her Luthuli House kitchen, where she cooks for reconciliation.

For nearly 40 years she has had to tolerate the impersonation of her by a local actor. She tried to sue him for libel; she swore never to allow him into her life and yet, now in the 25th year of her democracy, she will be on the stage with Pieter-Dirk Uys at the same time.

The question to PDU was always: why this female character of Evita? There are many answers. When he started impersonating her in 1978, it was illegal to have an opinion about anything political, so maybe an Afrikaans woman with an NP husband could spill the beans.

The fact that she was portrayed by a man dressed as a woman when cross-dressing was also illegal, could force the edge of the envelope. Or maybe that she was there for only one reason: to eventually make Nelson Mandela laugh. And she did. They met and he laughed.

She also embraced Archbishop Desmond Tutu who also laughed. She posed with countless legends and South Africans, black and white, laughed – with relief.

Evita Bezuidenhout will always be 10 years older than Pieter-Dirk Uys. He seems to be catching up.

His Darling venue, Evita se Perron, has been going for 23 years, established as a recognised international tourist destination and local satirical Stonehenge.

Who would have thought that Tannie Evita would become a farce to be reckoned with, to be hailed and celebrated as the most famous white woman in South Africa? And now as a member of the ANC, sharing her weekly comments on YouTube and Daily Maverick about the state of her nation, where her Evita’s Free Speech, now past its 200th episode, has gathered supporters from all the corners of the globe?

Her 140 000 Twitter followers are not just, as she thinks, in the same prison outside Rustenburg.

Now in 2019, for the first time, she and her ageing impersonator will confront each other face to face.

There can only be one winner.

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WIN SHOW TICKETS… WIN SHOW TICKETS… WIN SHOW TICKETS

Care to put yourself in line to win one of THREE sets of DOUBLE TICKETS to the 7.30pm, Tuesday, November 19, opening performance of Pieter-Dirk Uys’s #HeTwoat the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN in Durban?

You simply have to be a follower of the SoSuterBill site to win.  At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘UYS COMPETITION’ in the subject field. 

Note that the competition closes at 6pm on November 12, and the winners will be contacted soon after.  Also note that tickets may not be exchanged for another performance.

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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