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the Drama King speaks…to Pieter-Dirk Uys



In this 10and5 exclusive, the Drama King chats to Pieter-Dirk Uys about his current show at the Baxter and the Drama King’s number 1 pick of the week, Desperate First Ladies.


The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…
5. Fat Pig

Cow. Slob. Pig.  How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love?  Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized – and then some.  Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with is own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.

Showing until 24 September at On Broadway. Tickets: R125. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


4. Mark Sampson in Africa Clockwise

Our ecological clock is ticking, but don’t be alarmed!  This laughter-packed, renewable-powered off-the-grid ECOmedy will make you feel so much better about the end of the world as we know it … Mark Sampson is a master of taking unwieldy subjects, and turning them into comedy gold.  His previous hit show ‘Missing Links’ explored 6 million years of evolution, while ‘Feels Funny’ tackled depression – both were sell-out successes.

Showing 18 – 19 September at On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.


3. Fiddler on the Roof

Rich in historical ethnic detail, this musical has touched audiences around the world with its humour, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. .

Showing 9 September – 1 October at the Artscape. Tickets: R90 – R200. Shows start at 7.30pm/2.30pm/3pm. Book: Computicket.


2. Monkey Nuts

Monkey Nuts is one of the finest and funniest shows you will ever see, a true comical masterpiece from the creators of Hoot and The Chilli Boy. The show, performed by multi-award-winning actor Matthew Ribnick, is a definite must-see for anybody craving brilliant quality entertainment. Monkey Nuts recently won the prestigious Naledi Award for best comedy performance. Don’t miss this mesmerizing and hilarious piece of theatre that is destined to become yet another Naidoo/Ribnick classic.

Showing until 1 October at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R100 – R130. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.


..and for the Number 1 must see this week…


1. Pieter-Dirk Uys in Desperate First Ladies

In this one-man show, Pieter-Dirk Uys will focus on the past, the present and tomorrow. Now going into its seventeenth year of democracy, South Africa has a generation of young voters who were born after apartheid was officially terminated in 1994. Today’s icon is often the imprisoned and banned enemy of the past who is now the hero of yesterday, and those old white icons that were once on the stamps and the coins are seen as the politically incorrect has-beens of today, the aikonas.

Showing until 1 October at the Baxter Theatre. Tickets: R100 – R140. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket.


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