Coming Soon To Theatre On The Bay – Ashley Dowds Stars In The Return Of Elvis Du Pisanie

Eddie du Pisanie

Pieter Toerien presents

The Return Of Elvis Du Pisanie.

Starring Ashley Dowds.

On stage at Theatre On The Bay from 30 May – 15 June, 2024.

The Return of Elvis du Pisanie is all at once sad, amusing, and gloriously uplifting.

A story that moves from pure nostalgia, through extreme heartache, to unbridled joy.

Written and directed by Paul Slabolepszy.

Eddie du Pisanie (played by Ashley Dowds), a forty-nine year old East Rand salesman, is retrenched and decides life is no longer worth living. He writes a suicide note to his wife and is about to gas himself in his car in the garage, when he switches on the car radio. The Elvis Presley song he hears does more than take him back 30 years – it recalls an event in his childhood that changed his life forever. Abandoning – for the moment – the idea of suicide, he drives the 200 kilometre journey to the town in which he grew up, to a lamp post opposite the ex-Carlton Bioscope in Witbank, there to retrace his life, to try to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and perhaps most importantly, why it went wrong.

Can we change our own destiny? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out.

Duration: Approx’ 75-minutes, No interval.

Age restriction: PG13.

Ticket prices: R180 – R250.

Bookings: Webtickets or (021) 438-3301.

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Production images by Keaton Ditchfield.

“A milestone for South African Theatre.”
(Humphrey Tyler, Sunday Tribune)

“Profound poetry… equal to anything by Beckett or Pinter”. “Nothing less than the new Bosman.” (Iain MacDonald, The Argus)

“A tale – fragile and beautiful as blown glass – of dreams lost and found.”
(Brenda van Rooyen, Pretoria News)

The Return of Elvis du Pisanie – first performed in July, 1992 – has the distinction of having won more awards (in a single year) than any other play in the history of South African Theatre – 1993 Vita, Fleur du Cap and Dalro Awards included Best New South African Play, Best Actor, Best Production, Best Director – as well as The Star “Tonight”/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy. It has also be presented by invitation, in Washington DC and Chicago, USA.