While living in Amsterdam, he wrote several acclaimed anti-apartheid plays, co-founded the SA focused Thekwini Theatre with Anthony Akerman and Joe Mosikili, and was a founding committee member of the Amsterdam based SA Cultural Community Centre.
When he retured to South Africa seventeen years later, he worked mainly in development, notably in the Northern Cape rural areas. In 1997 he joined the New Africa Theatre Association (NATA), a non-profit performance education and training organisation for students from the townships of the Western Cape, where he served as executive director until 2015.
Mr Bruce is a nationally and internationally known playwright. His most recent works include:
- THE HARD WAY: 2020 (WGSA, Muse Awards winner of Best Stage Play Script award.)
- BURNT: 2011 (Nominated for Fleur du Cap. Produced at New Africa Theatre)
- CABOOSE: 2011 (Celebration of 100 years of Golden Arrow Bus company. Produced at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio.)
- TRANSIT: 2009 (Nominated for Fleur du Cap. Produced at Swedish Royal Theatre, Stockholm)
- GROUNDSWELL: 2005 (Fleur du Cap winner for best new SA script; nominated for Naledi award in Johannesburg. Multiple productions in Sweden, England and the USA.)
He wrote two award-winning radio scripts and taken on some screenwriting challenges, including a feature-length adaptation of his play, GROUNDSWELL, for New Amsterdam Films, and adapted three novels for film and television.