Pieter-Dirk Uys to give show in London to support Rhodes UK Trust

Tannie and Friends

Evita and "Friends"

Evita and Tutu
Evita and Tutu

The Rhodes University Trust (UK) is delighted to be hosting Pieter-Dirk Uys fresh from a national tour of Holland and a chorus of legendary lovelies, ‘lekker tannies’ and dangerous dragons in an exclusive performance of his new show, Desperate First Ladies. The show forms part a fundraising initiative for The Derek Jacobs Scholarship Fund of Rhodes University Trust (UK) www.rhodesalumni.co.uk and The Darling Trust www.thedarlingtrust.org. The occasion will also be the UK launch of Evita Bezuidenhout’s bestselling cookbook Evita’s Kossie Sikelela.

Venue: The prestigious Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel, London, SW8 4AE
When: Wednesday 23 November.
Time: 18:30 for Dinner at 19:00

South African food from Evita Bezuidenhout’s bestselling cookbook Evita’s Kossie Sikelela will be served, accompanied by South African wines.

Cost: £100 per person which includes dinner, wine and the show which starts at 20:00

Exclusive offer for Rhodes alumni to purchase tickets
before going on sale to the public.

As tickets to this popular event are limited, Rhodes alumni have the opportunity to buy tickets (or tables of 10) before sales are opened to the public on 8 September.

To be assured of seats at the best tables (strictly on a first come first served basis), please email Jill Ritchie (Rhodes University Representative for the UK) at rep.uk@ru.ac.za

Desperate First Ladies

The Desperate First Ladies in question aren’t just the many wives of South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, but also a long list of iconic women such as Mother Theresa, the late anti-apartheid Struggle-veteran Helen Suzman, Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe and the legendary Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The selection of hilarious, satirical sketches in the show will see also Uys portraying Jewish-African princess Nowell Fine, Cape Malay firebrand Mrs Pietersen, and Evita’s outspoken sister Bambi Kellermann. Of course, the most famous white woman in South Africa, Evita Bezuidenhout, will also feature prominently – but with great care. She flatly refuses to be seen with her sister in the same place at the same time. To understand this in context, you have to realise that Bambi is not desperate; she’s dangerous! A former stripper in Germany, now widow of a Nazi general, Bambi is on a mission to unionise sex workers and focus on improving the female condom in Africa. The ghost of apartheid leader P.W.Botha, recently spotted wandering around his Wilderness house, will also make a spooky appearance during Desperate First Ladies, reminding us of where we in South Africa come from, so that we can all celebrate where we are going. The show is 99% in English with a touch of Afrikaans, German and Bapeti.

Uys dons false lashes and presidents listen.

Los Angeles Times Oct 2009

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