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AWARD FOR JOHN (article first published : 2000-05-20)

Durban playwright John van de Ruit recently won an award for his play War Cry in Noupoort Guest Farm’s Rewards for Playwrights Initiative hosted by The Cape Town Theatre Laboratory.

“I am very proud and excited,” says John. “Firstly to get an award and secondly to be recognised outside KZN especially as it’s my first full-length play. It’s good to know that there is this support for plays and playwriting in South Africa. I feel pretty much as if I have now fully entrenched myself as a writer and am inspired to write more plays and push War Cry itself even further.”

War Cry has been confirmed for the Hilton Arts Festival which takes place from September 15 to 17. Negotiations are under way to have the play staged in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

In collaboration with Tamar Meskin and Ben Voss, John van de Ruit has written a new play called Foul Play. This hilarious comedy about two would-be con men who try to rip off a female American tourist at a rugby match will premiere at this year’s Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July. It will appear on the Hilton fringe festival in September and Durban performances are planned for early next year in Durban.

The play is a follow up to the highly successful Final Cut which takes place at a cricket match. “Final Cut has toured extensively throughout the country since it was first performed at the 1998 Standard Bank National Arts Festival,” says John. “The show returns to Grahamstown again this year – expectedly for the last time. But who knows? It seems to be so popular, it never seems to lose its appeal.”




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