Pieter-Dirk Uys’ newest show, ‘When in doubt say darling’, sold out as it opened at the Fugard Theatre in August this year, creating an unprecedented demand for tickets. The show returns to the same venue on November 27 by popular demand.
At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say “darling”. If you can’t remember their names, just say “darling”. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling.
In this production, Pieter-Dirk Uys sorts out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla; Wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas; from Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers. Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment.
Join Uys and many darlings on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff, when the end of the world seems nigh. It used to be called a sunset. Here’s a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.
* ‘When in doubt say darling’ runs from November 27 to December 15 at the Fugard Studio Theatre, with performances from Tuesday to Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm and 8pm. Tickets cost from R150 to R170 and booking is through the Fugard Theatre box office on 0214614554; or directly through the Fugard Theatre website: www.thefugard.com.