Uys's humour comes to UCT

16 February 2009

The team: Associate Prof Christopher Weare and Pieter-Dirk Uys (front centre) with the young cast of Macbeki.

Ambition, intrigue, gossip, rumour and political manipulation will be the order of the day as the Department of Drama premiers Pieter-Dirk Uys' new work, Macbeki.

The play kicks off on 25 February and runs until 21 March, and will open the department's 2009 theatre season.

Satirist Uys has taken his main inspiration from Shakespeare's Macbeth and structured a satirical play around it, with the focus on a familiar political setting, enriched by many laughs.

Unlike Shakespeare, Uys does not spill blood in his play, but spills the beans. He makes the audience laugh at the transparency of the ruling elite who lie to protect themselves at all costs.

Macbeki, a farce to be reckoned with, is directed and designed by UCT's Associate Professor Christopher Weare, with a cast of 10 from the Department of Drama.

Tickets are from R30 per learner/scholar to R60 per adult. For more information and bookings, please call 084 395 8381.

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