Pieter-Dirk Uys will be remembered for his first one man show, which opened on April Fool’s Day 1981: ADAPT OR DYE.
‘Adapt or die’ was the phrase used by Prime Minister P. W. Botha, when he announced his proposed revisions of apartheid policies as a prelude to the 1981 General Election, which was still for whites only. Uys started his onslaught against the politically incorrect racist regime at the Market Theatre, then toured the entire country and overseas with his show.
ADAPT OR DYE was the first locally produced video recording of a Market Theatre performance in 1982 to be introduced through hire shops and a few of those outlets had the courage to make the comedy available. That was its essence: humour. Fighting fear with laughter thirty two years ago. 2013 will see Pieter-Dirk Uys close the bracket with a new onslaught against a politically correct regime with ADAPT OR FLY.
The Rainbow Democracy is in its nineteenth year. Everything in our country has changed and yet some things seem to be the same old story. Poverty, violence, crime, corruption, media control, confusion and fear were the realities of life during the 1980s. Has history repeated itself in some areas and turned tragedy into farce?
ADAPT OR FLY is also inspired by politics. At the height of the Malema-speak on nationalization of mines and land grabs of farms, which frightened many people into near panic, a spokesperson for the ANC Youth League was heard to suggest that if whites did not like the fact that the youth would take over South Africa, then they could go somewhere else: ‘Adapt or fly!’
Pieter-Dirk Uys, the scourge of politicians since the early 1980s, will perform his Adapt or Fly show at The Boardwalk’s Vodacom Amphitheatre on 28, 29 and 30 January 2013. In his new show, Uys uses his razor-sharp wit to satirically explore modern day politics. Each show starts at 19h30 and tickets are available from Computicket at R100.
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