Peter Pan is Uys-ed by Evita

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com­edy again and to en­ter the wild, larger-than-life, mag­i­cal world of JM Barrie’s imag­i­na­tion. It’s also an hon­our to share the stage with such tal­ented fel­low-ac­tors – and it’s al­ways fun to play the vil­lain.”

Ex­pect spec­tac­u­lar cos­tumes, sets and ef­fects.

“In the past, we’ve done some am­bi­tious pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing a full-blown mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Dis­ney’s The Jun­gle Book.

“What has been in­cred­i­ble about this year’s pro­duc­tion is that the right tal­ent was avail­able at the right time and agreed to come on this mag­i­cal jour­ney with us.

“One of the many wow fac­tors of this year’s pro­duc­tion if that Peter Pan will fly out right over the au­di­ence. So be pre­pared to be amazed by all the won­ders of Never-never-land.”

Mov­ing away from chil­dren’s theatre, we go to Pi­eter-Dirk Uys. Now in his 71st year, he is a Peter Pan of the theatre world. He re­mains for­ever young, spry, pas­sion­ate and rag­ing at our po­lit­i­cal land­scape and how it has shaped us.

As he has of­ten said, we can con­front our­selves – “by laugh­ing at our fears” – and he con­tin­ues in his quest to shake us out of in­er­tia and pay at­ten­tion to what’s around us.

He will present a dou­ble bill at Theatre on The Bay: Evita Bezuiden­hout and the Kak­tus of Sep­a­rate De­vel­op­ment is on from Tues­day, June 20, to July 1. Echo of a Noise fol­lows from July 4-15.

Echo of a Noise is Uys’s mem­oir fo­cus­ing on two great in­flu­ences in his youth: his fa­ther Hannes Uys and the fam­ily house­keeper, San­nie Abader.

The show pre­mièred last May at the Theatre on the Bay and went onto to play at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and around the coun­try. Tan­nie Evita Praat Kak­tus started in 1995 in Dar­ling at Evita’s HQ as a “Sun­day con­ver­sa­tion” with vis­i­tors to Evita se Per­ron.

Uys ex­plained: “This is the first time out of Dar­ling for Kak­tus. The ma­te­rial is new. It has been adapted and kept top­i­cal with var­i­ous ad­di­tions since then and has been de­vel­oped to re­flect our present po­lit­i­cal con­fu­sions and con­tra­dic­tions – from colo­nial­ism, racism to rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion into junk – all with wry smile.

“The first half is a dis­sec­tion of our ANC pres­i­dents, from Man­dela to Zuma, who all have left vivid impressions on Evita. The sec­ond half is the ex­plo­ration of where we come from, so that we can cel­e­brate where we are go­ing.”

Uys is al­ways on the go, per­form­ing lo­cally and abroad, and “next year is shap­ing up with shows in London, Copen­hagen, Holland, Ber­lin and maybe New York”.

Peter Pan is at the theatre at Canal Walk from July 1-23. Per­for­mances are Tues­day to Sun­day at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tick­ets are are R80. Evita Bezuiden­hout and the Kak­tus of Sep­a­rate De­vel­op­ment is at the Theatre on the Bay from June 20 to July 1. Tick­ets are R100-R180. Echo of a Noise is on from July 4 -15. Tick­ets are R120180. Book­ings for Canal Walk and Theatre on the Bay, through www. com­ or 0861 9158000.


Grant Almi­rall as Peter Pan and Jenny Stead as Wendy in the mu­si­cal, at Canal Walk.

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