Posts Tagged ‘White Guilt’

Conrad Koch performs as Chester Missing in Missing at the National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, 08 July 2015. The puppet performed to a full house. (Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo)

Just in case my isiXhosa middle name may have distracted you: yes, this is another column by another white guy with another original take on white privilege. Once again, another one of us would like to take up even more of your time to talk about us. Let’s put white people in the spotlight. You know, for a change.

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The clouds and the cool damp weather may have sent the crowds inside at the Festival on Wednesday.  But everything from WordFest poetry to Divalicious singing kept things hot. 

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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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The story of two friends whose lives spiral out of control as they placate themselves with drugs, while dealing with a number of personal issues. There is an interesting use of multimedia which heightened the stories. Homophobic and misogynistic sentiments from the characters made the show difficult to watch at times. FM1

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