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A big noise

One of the first white South African entertainers to speak out against Apartheid, Pieter-Dirk Uys tells Attitude about his brand of satire, playing dress-up and meeting Nelson Mandela
YOU’RE HAVING A LAUGH: “Evita” with South African president Nelson Mandela

satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys has an interesting way of looking at the future. “I’ve always believed that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is curved, he says. “We may not see the light, but it’s there — you just have to go around the corner and you’ll find it.”

It’s a typically “Uysian” response, I come to realise after speaking to the 72-year-old South African, whose measured words impart wisdom and wit garnered over the course of his life and career — no matter what the subject matter. All of which bodes well for audiences heading to see his new show, The Echo of a Noise at London’s Soho Theatre in June.

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