ON Heritage Day, Thursday, September 24, at 6pm, nearly 40 years after PW Botha gave him the show title Adapt Or Dye, Pieter-Dirk Uys is once again inspired by politicians, a Corona virus and our heritage in 2020 with Adapt Or Fly. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout, “Kidi Amin” (Julius Malema), Pik Botha, Nowell Fine, Mrs Petersen, the old Krokodil, Madiba and that former dancing Prez come to the rescue. In a time of depression, recession, fear and social distancing, what is better and more healing than a good laugh at the expense of those who depress, recess, frighten and annoy us?
A lifetime ago, Uys began 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 (heritage?) 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 the heritage of this unique country of our dreams. As long as we can laugh at our fear, we are still in charge of our future.
Tickets for Adapt or Fly cost R70 per person via Quicket. The show will remain online until September 28 at 7pm with at the same price.
What the Media have had to say:
“Clever impersonations and brilliant repartee after sailing fearlessly close to the wind. Uys loves his country with a passion and has done more to educate in the complexities of the country’s politics than any television or newspaper coverage.” – ArtSMart
“The barbs are biting, the puns politically incorrect, the satire scathing and wit intact. It’s funny stuff.” – Sunday Tribune
“Adapt Or Fly is an enlightening, thought-provoking offering. Touching on everything from the fathers of apartheid to the success (or is that failure?) of the TRC, to politicians and their shenanigans, through the absurdities of apartheid race classification laws and the Juju generation of leaders and more – the show balances all this weightiness with a highly entertaining performance by Uys and his hilarious alter egos. * * * * *” – The Daily News
“Marvellous master of wit!” – The Mercury
PHOTO CREDIT: STEFAN HURTER
CAPTION: Pieter-Dirk Uys and some of his satirical cluster pose for a Heritage Day selfie, from L-R Mrs Petersen, Nowell Fine, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Bambi Kellermann, Juju on Evita Bezuidenhout’s lap, Pik Botha and PW Botha.