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John van de Ruit Talks About Returning to Theatre, While Working on the Spud Films

 
While the trailer for the film adaptation of the second Spud book, Spud: The Madness Continues, has just been released, the author of the popular series, John van de Ruit, has made a return to acting. Van de Ruit wrote and stars in the sketch comedy The Rise of the Insanity League, which is currently on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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In an interview with Latoya Newman, Van de Ruit spoke about his move back to theatre, saying “With Spud people often think I had a grand master plan, but Spud started off as a doodle on some hotel stationery in Zimbabwe. It was an experiment that went horribly right.”

Becoming involved in acting again, has however, stood him in good stead as far as the film adaptations of the Spud series goes. “With the first I was consulting, with the second I wrote a few bits and with the third, I’m adapting the screenplay,” he revealed.

AFTER about seven years of not being on stage, writer John van de Ruit (Spud) was worried he may be “off his game” on the opening night of The Rise of the Insanity League two weeks ago in Port Elizabeth.

“I was very nervous, mainly over the technical stuff like sound queues and wardrobe changes. I was worried I would be a little off my game, but this show works to my strengths,” he said.

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