Pieter-Dirk Uys’ one-man memoir – The Echo of a Noise – is coming to the Little Theatre in PE: 26,27,28 February at 7pm. Book Computicket / Tickets R130

Pieter-Dirk Uys has taken South Africa by storm with his provocative and deeply personal memoir The Echo of a Noise. It is a story that aches to be heard and Uys knows how to keep his audiences on the very edge of their seats waiting to hear about the great influences in his life: his father Hannes Uys and mother Helga Bassel, and of course his unlikely pen friend, the beautiful Sophia Loren. Audiences are given the opportunity to celebrate a life well lived in all its emotional states. Uys has played to full houses and sold out seasons. His masterful story telling, wit and wisdom are generously shared. As with so many of his performances he takes his audiences into his confidence, breaks the rules and crosses boundaries. Since the moment he first stepped on stage in the 1970s, Uys has been a voice where others have demanded silence. Jokes about the censor board being his own personal public relations department, gently disguise the reality that each time he tread the boards, he crossed lines and stepped on quite dangerous toes. 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. PDU unpowdered!


22, 23, 24 FEBRUARY at 7pm. Book at Computicket / Tickets R130
- Tannie Evita takes on the roots of our Rainbow
“Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.” LA Times

Evita Bezuidenhout has been part of South Africa’s political sessions of Big Brother since 1981. A former apartheid Ambassador in the Homeland of Bapetikosweti, she is now in the kitchens of Luthuli House where she cooks for reconciliation. She has always reminded us where we come from, so that we can celebrate where we are going. But since her three grandchildren have started asking questions about the past, Tannie Evita realises that while all the people of South Africa are now free to celebrate their roots, their history and their culture, white South Africans still are rootless. Especially the Afrikaner whose official history was probably made up behind a desk in Pretoria as propaganda.
What was fake news?
How many details were alternative facts?
Did Jan van Riebeeck bring civilization to South Arica in 1652? Or was he just a Dutch convict who came to steal chickens from the Bushmen?
Why did 127 branches of the Great Trek start in Cape Town on the same afternoon?
Was English cooking the British Empire’s weapon of mass destruction during their invasion of the Cape?
Was Paul Kruger the first Broeder to practise state capture?
Was the Battle of Blood River that? Or was it a braaivleis of reconciliation?
Does the Queen of England still wear stolen goods glittering in her crown?
And why does President Donald Trump keep sending tweets asking for a personal meeting with Nelson Mandela?
The problems of the past, the issues of the day and the hopes for the future – all in the hands of the most famous white woman in the African National Congress, who now proves that there is freedom of speech in Luthuli House. It is just sometimes after speech that freedom goes.


“With its lights and shade carefully balanced, its quirkiness countered by serious issues, and its relentless pace, Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development has Uys at his ebullient best to entertain his audience while exercising its collective mind.” - Beverley Brommert/Cape Argus/27.6.2017

“Since the early days of Pieter-Dirk Uys’s alter ego, Tannie Evita has always reminded us where we come from, so that we can celebrate where we are going. There are laughs aplenty and with good reason, as Tannie Evita got in both off-the-cuff and scripted gems.” – Orielle Berry/Cape Times/27. 6. 2017

“The show is a tongue-in-cheek intellectual commentary that in a public service setting makes you flinch and giggle simultaneously, as Tannie Evita ridicules both the past and the present. She delights in unashamedly peeling away at the layers of privilege and prejudice in a take-no-prisoners manner … in an intriguing showcase of satire.” – Barbara Loots/Theatre Scene Cape Town/26.6.2017

“Pieter-Dirk Uys is on top form, as always, and his flair for speaking his particular style of truth to power is a positive breath of fresh air.” - Karen Rutter/Weekend Special/25.6.2017

“What is astounding, though, is the way Uys uses his improvisational skills to carry the show through. You can’t help but feel that the whole thing is a very natural conversation between friends. If the idea was to create intimacy, he succeeded.” – Adriaan Roets/Citizen/1.6.2017

“With Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development Pieter-Dirk Uys presents a production that is as slightly woven as Afrikaner correctness, but brilliantly disrespectful and laced with a moral twist to fit into our contemporary vernacular.” Benn van der Westhuizen/What’s On in Cape Town/29.6.2017
“Weaving through the spiky material, which is delivered with an honesty that had the audience gasping, Pieter-Dirk subtly expounds his message. And yes, there is one. Democracy first. Democracy always. Dmeocracy forever.” Jennifer de Klerk/ Artslink/29.5.2017

“If anything, Uys teaches us to laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously. This an absolute treasure. The show is brilliant. * * * * * ” Leon van Nierop/Artslink/26.5.2017


Masters Graduate Exhibition, Visual Arts Department at School of Music Art Design by Robyn Larkin.

Opening Function: 7 February from 18h00 to 20h00.
The exhibition will run weekdays from 08h00 - 16h00 until 27 February 2018


The Athenaeum Council invites applications for a 12-month internship position

The areas in which the intern will gain experience include:
• Arts administration,
• Curatorial practice,
• Marketing and communications,
• Project Management relating more specifically to: activities and services which support the arts sector, involving projects and initiatives provided by the Little Theatres, Gallery space and Workshop and Conference venues.

• Grow and develop a positive attitude and enhance image of the Athenaeum.
• Apply knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.
• Learn and draw inspiration from the youth.
• Ensure continuity and sustainability of projects.
• Promote the visual industry database Coordinate art exhibitions and workshops.
• Assist with events and client liaison

Application requirements:
• National Diploma in Fine Art / Marketing / PR & Communication
• A short CV
• A motivation Letter
• A copy of ID / Passport – Certified and dated September
• Copies of certificates – Certified and dated September
• Contact details of 2 references
• Your contact details

Submission deadline is 15 October at 4PM
The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview on the 17th of October 2017.
No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. We reserve the right not to appoint.
The intern will be expected to commit to an average of 30 hours per week. During opening functions and events, these hours may be outside of standard office hours. The intern will be expected to attend and assist at all Athenaeum Council events.

Please email your applications or queries to [email protected] or call 041 585 1041

This position is part of VANSA's organisational internship programme and is enabled through support from The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and The National Lotteries Commission (NLC).


Sister Jayanti of the Brahma Kumaris (Europe) will be in PE for one night only.
At the Athenaeum Little Theatre, 7 Belmont Terrace, Cnr Belmont Terrace & Castle Hill, Central.
From 7PM - There is no charge for the Event.

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The PEople's Story Slam is a monthly evening of ten story tellers who tell a story from their life pertaining to a theme.
Anyone can tell a story!
The theme of the next Story Slam that will be held on Friday the 24th of March 2017 is Education. We will hear stories from some current students and hopefully add YOUR name to our list of story sharers.
Time: 17h30 - 19h00
Admission: R10

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SWISHIDEA presents With A Reason seminar that will be based on Media talks. The Guest speakers will be representing their companies and informing the youth about the opportunities available for me and how are they involved in developing the artists.

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A Grand Night for Singing has Marlene Pieterse directing once more, with Wayne Hughes back as Musical and Vocal Director. As the revue features a separate troupe of six dancers, their routines and all choreography will be staged by Siobhan Day. She has won several Clover Showtime Awards at both Senior and Junior levels
The revue, which this year focuses on the many songs with music by Richard Rodgers, in the first half of the show with lyrics by Lorenz "Larry" Hart and after interval with Oscar Hammerstein II, has a core cast led by last year's Showtime debutantes Shannon Hubbard and James van der Merwe, supported by new Showtimers Abi Ranwell, Amber April, Kayla Mathiesen, Isabella Rosochacki, Kerry-Lee Jeffrey, Kyrah Lloyd, Kyla Smith and Arthur Daniels.

The dancers are Britney Shaw, Gia Smith, Kayla Auld, Rachel Parker, Skye Phillips and Ma-Bell Muller, who performed in the 2015 edition, Walkn' Happy.

Also, back are a group of Charlo Primary School pupils, Anneke Pienaar, Dane' van Dyk, Kaylin Roberts, Lea Carelse, Lene' Scheepers, Meagan Vogel, Dillon Roberts, Jared Doubell and Sam Vos.
Tickets for the awards nights on Tuesday, January 24 (Juniors) and Friday, January 27 (Seniors), are R70 throughout the house and the performances on Monday, January 23, and Thursday, January 26, are private houses for Senior Citizens Residences and Combined High Schools Collegiate, Pearson and Alexander Road, respectively. For the two public nights, on Wednesday, January 25, and Saturday, January 28, admission is R70 for adults and R50 for senior citizens, students and children.

Usually, with Clover Showtime booking, any form of voucher or invitation letter is only exchangeable at the Computicket box office there, but as that theatre is closed until January 19, booking can only be done, regardless of type of reservation, by e-mailing [email protected]/ 083 452 7556

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This is our fourth edition of The PEople's Story Slam. The theme this month is "Family." Who doesn't have a story about family? Let me know if you want to share a story from your life.
This event is just R10.

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The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture will host Visual Arts Exhibition at the Athenaeum Art Gallery on the 25 November to 09 December 2016.The Nelson Mandela District Visual Arts Crafts has a mandate to develop and enhance the visual arts talent. The district is committed to hold an art exhibition annually in order to create and provide more opportunities for artists.
Visual artists play a vital role in social commentary. Their sensitivity to the world around them in both nature and human behaviour make artists highly alert to the evolution of events, the beauty of the creation around them and ills facing humankind.
The aim is to create an opportunity for artists to produce quality artworks that meets the required National Professional Standards. This exhibition is regarded as a build up for other exhibition.

Venue : Athenaeum Gallery
Duration of the Exhibition : 25 November - 09 December 2016
Submission of artworks : From the 18 November 09:00- 16:00 to 21 November 09:00 – 12:00
Selection of artworks : 21 November 13:00-16:00

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