Uys’ one-man revues began as a form of political revolt and expression. His medium of humour and stand-up comedy was used to criticise and expose the absurdity of the South African government’s racial policies.
Originally inspired by Australian comedian Barry Humphries’ housewife sensation Dame Edna Everage, Evita is a white Afrikaner socialite. A self-proclaimed political activist, she is the proud ambassadress of Bapetikosweti, a fictitious Bantustan (black homeland) located outside her home in the affluent, formerly whites-only suburbs of Johannesburg.
In1996 Uys converted the old railway station of his home village of Darling into a cabaret venue called Evita se Perron (Perron is Afrikaans for station platform). A part of the grounds serves as a museum of sorts, called ‘Boerassic Park’. Evita Bezuidenhout gives regular performances at this venue.
- Farce about Uys (1983)
- Selle ou storie: A play (Donker, 1983)
- Paradise Is Closing Down and Other Plays (1989)
- Funigalore: Evita’s Real-Life Adventures in Wonderland
- The Essential Evita Bezuidenhout (The Essential Series)
- A part hate a part love: The legend of Evita Bezuidenhout (1994)
- Trekking to Teema (2001)
- Elections & Erections: A Memoir of Fear and Fun (2003)
- Kossie Sikelela (2010)
Films & Documentaries:
- Skating on thin Uys, a 1985 comedy lampooning P.W. Botha
- Darling! The Pieter–Dirk Uys Story, a 2007 documentary by Julian Shaw
- The 2011 TMSA Naledi Lifetime Achiever Award
- Special Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2011
- Truth and Reconciliation Award in 2001
- Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was awarded the Living Legacy 2000 Award in San Diego
- The lifetime achievement award from the Cape Tercentenary Foundation
- Doctor honoris causa from
- Rhodes University: D.Litt. (Hon.), 1997
- University of Cape Town: D.Litt for distinguished, socially-responsible creative work in 2003
- University of the Western Cape: D.Ed. (Hon.), 2003