Pieter-Dirk, South Africa’s foremost satirist, sits on a barstool wearing his black beanie and his ‘Almost Famous’ sweatshirt. The audience sits on the edge of their seats listening to the great influences in his life: his father Hannes Uys and mother Helga Bassel, and his unlikely penfriend, the beautiful Sophia Loren.
A provocative and deeply personal memoir, The Echo of a Noise, is a story that aches to be heard in all its emotional states. Pieter-Dirk’s masterful storytelling, wit and wisdom are generously shared as he takes his audiences into his confidence, breaks the rules and crosses boundaries – as he has done from the moment he first stepped on stage in the 1970s.
Pieter-Dirk has been a voice where others have demanded silence. He has always used humour as a ‘weapon of mass distraction’ and describes the laughter he evoked as a relief from the fears that shaped South African society in 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.