Elvis Du Pisanie will return – to Theatre On The Bay


PIETER TOERIEN presents The Return Of Elvis Du Pisanie, starring Ashley Dowds, at Theatre On The Bay from 30 May to 15 June, 2024. Written and directed by Paul Slabolepszy, it’s a story that moves from pure nostalgia, through extreme heartache, to unbridled joy.

Eddie du Pisanie (Dowds), a 49-year-old East Rand salesman, is retrenched and decides life is no longer worth living. He writes a suicide note to his wife and is about to gas himself in his car in the garage, when he switches on the car radio. The Elvis Presley song he hears does more than take him back 30 years – it recalls an event in his childhood that changed his life forever. Abandoning – for the moment – the idea of suicide, he drives the 200-kilometre journey to the town in which he grew up, to a lamp post opposite the ex-Carlton Bioscope in Witbank, there to retrace his life, to try to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and perhaps most importantly, why it went wrong.

Can we change our own destiny? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out.

The Return of Elvis du Pisanie – first performed in July 1992 by Slabolepszy – has the distinction of having won more awards (in a single year) than any other play in the history of South African Theatre – 1993 Vita, Fleur du Cap and Dalro Awards included Best New South African Play, Best Actor, Best Production, Best Director – as well as The Star “Tonight”/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy. It has also be presented by invitation, in Washington DC and Chicago, USA.

  • Duration: Approximately 75-minutes, no interval
  • Age restriction: PG13
  • Tickets: R180 – R250
  • Bookings: Webtickets or 021 438 3301

PHOTO CREDIT: Keaton Ditchfield

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