The Return Of Elvis Du Pisanie
Theatre / St Andrew's Hall

A story that moves from pure nostalgia, through extreme heartache, to unbridled joy… The Return of Elvis du Pisanie is at once sad, amusing and gloriously uplifting…!


Eddie du Pisanie, an East Rand salesman in his mid-forties, 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 destinies…? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out…

About the Artists

Paul Slabolepszy (Playwright/Director)

A founder member, in 1972, of South Africa’s first non-racial theatre – The Space, in Cape Town – with Dr. John Kani, Yvonne Bryceland and other leading theatrical lights, Paul Slabolepszy has, to date, written 38 plays, 12 produced screenplays and many sit-com episodes for television. He has appeared across the stages and screens of our country as a multi-award winning actor as well, and learnt the basics of his craft studying at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a BA degree (English & Drama).

Ashley Dowds (Performer

Ashley is a stage and television actor known too as a Travel presenter on the cult Travel show: ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’.  His recent work involves ’Recipes For Love and Murder’ (S1) for Netflix, 'Warrior', the feature film 'Boy Kills World' and 'the Milli Vanilli biopic, 'Girl You Know It's True'. His work on stage includes 'Pale Natives' (Also written by Paul Slab), 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time', 'The Mousetrap', 'Constellations' and 'Fatal Attraction'. His first play at the NAF was with Anthony Akerman's 'Old Boys'.

  • Venue: St Andrew's Hall
  • Location: St Andrew's College
  • Ticket price: R120.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 1h15m
  • Ages: 14+
    • Suitable for All Ages
    • Adult Themes
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