JOHN van de Ruit and I share a 10-year friendship, which began when I interviewed him for his first play, War Cry, which secured him a place among people to watch in Durban theatre circles.
Since then I’ve watched John carve out a very successful career as an actor and playwright. Now he also ranks among South African literary royalty after Spud blew every South African record, outselling the likes of Harry Potter in the country. He’s written two more books in the Spud series and the film based on his novel has just been released. You made writing history when became a bestseller five years ago. Now
is here. What does that feel like? As you can imagine, my life has shifted radically in a relatively short period, and I’m not sure I will have clarity on how this all feels until the mania that is Spud recedes into history. Donovan Marsh wrote the screenplay – was it easy to relinquish control of something you had lived and breathed for so long?