What Is It?
Calling Me Home is a powerful love story of hope, courage, longing and compassion that’ll resonate with audiences everywhere. The production depicts the journeys of three women who each find their own personal power. Follow the story of Grace, a young woman who flees her war-torn homeland and goes on an exciting journey that stretches from the splendours of the African continent, across the ocean to a great foreign city. In this new, hugely diverse and colourful community, Grace experiences both extremes – great joy and great danger. She also falls deeply in love and, most importantly, learns the true meaning of ‘home’. Along with her are her new friends, Lindiwe and Isabella. Lindiwe (Zolani Mahola) has fled her home too, but out of a flight from abuse and pain. And there’s the beautiful but deeply troubled Isabella (Samantha Peo), who finds the strength and courage to conquer almost insurmountable challenges when she overcomes addiction, both chemical and emotional, to take the moral lead in her community.
Premiering during Women’s Month, Calling Me Home is a collaboration between two highly creative and powerful women in the South African music and theatre industry. The book, score and libretto were written by composer and producer Alice Gillham, who is signed with EMI Music Publishing / Sony / ATV and lives and works in South Africa. Joining Gillham in bringing this musical to the stage is director Magdalene Minnaar. According to Minnaar, this production has the potential to have a profound impact on the world.
The complete Southern African cast consists of some of the country’s most celebrated stage performers, well-known personalities and some up-and-coming young stars. Each cast member of this large ensemble piece will play a vital part in the story. And with a strong emphasis on the music being new and original, composed specifically for the production, Calling Me Home will be releasing a selection of the songs to the public throughout the season.
When Is It?
Calling Me Home runs from Thursday, 17 August 2017 to Sunday, 03 September 2017.
Performances are Tuesdays to Fridays at 20:00; Saturdays at 15:00 and 20:00, and Sundays at 14:00.
Where Is It?
The Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre, Loveday Street and Hoofd Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
For group bookings of 10 or more tickets, contact Joburg Theatre’s ticketing office on 011 877 6853/4.
The duration of the show is two hours and 20 minutes, excluding interval.
There is an age restriction of 12 due to the sensitive nature of some of the themes included in the show.
For More Information
For more information about this show, visit www.joburgtheatre.com.