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Justin Nurse is no Tolstoy. Nurse, famous for his funny shirts that got him into trouble with a well-known brewer, only has a scrub beard. His debut play, White Guilt, a sometimes funny and often lurid fictionalisation of his wild youth, also flouts a key piece of Tolstoyan dogma: don’t write about sex.

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Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company will be closing down in August due to a lack of funding. Janet Buckland, director of Ubom!, says the news of funds drying up came as a shock. “No reasons were given,” she says. “We applied for funding, the same as we do every year, but unfortunately this year we didn’t get any.”

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In life, one should play to one’s strengths. It sounds an obvious enough statement, but rare is the man willing to drop his ego and face the brutal gore of criticism. It’s within this very niche that Ugandan-born comedian, David Kibuuka, has firmly entrenched himself. David Wasn’t Built in a Day is his first foray into the one-man side of comedy, and so far he loves the journey. “It’s very young,” he said, “but it’s my best.”

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The Cacadu District of the Eastern Cape is the soil from which no fewer than 42 National Arts Festival 2012 Fringe productions have grown this year. Productions from Grahamstown, Paterson, Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth will represent the Cacadu district’s rich cultural heritage on the Festival stages.

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