New original musical has world premiere in Joburg

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Calling Me Home
Calling Me Home

The new, original musical Calling Me Home will be seen by Joburg audiences first as it has its world premiere on 17 August at Joburg Theatre.

Johannesburg audiences are in for a treat when the world premiere of the new and original musical, Calling Me Home takes place on Thursday, 17 August on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre, running until Sunday, 3 September 2017.

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Cape Town audiences get their chance next year with negotiations currently taking place to tour the show internationally.

Calling me Home is a powerful love story of hope, courage, longing and compassion that will resonate with people everywhere. As the audience follows the story of Grace, a young woman who flees her homeland due to the outbreak of a brutal civil war, it is taken 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 joy and great danger. She also falls deeply in love and, most importantly, learns the true meaning of ‘home’.

Premiering in 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. She effortlessly fuses the genres of classical music, African hybrid, jazz and traditional folksong to create bewitching and evocative music that brings the story to life, providing her audience with a deeply human and emotional experience.

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.

Says Minnaar; “The content is extremely current and we have incredibly talented people in Africa. You rarely get a chance to be part of a brand new local production of this calibre.”

Calling Me Home depicts the journeys of three women who each find their own personal power.

Grace (Lynelle Kenned) a young African woman flees her war-torn homeland to try to survive in a country of concrete cityscapes, crime and danger.

With her is her new friend Lindiwe (Zolani Mahola), who too has fled her home, but in Lindiwe’s case it is a flight from abuse and pain.

Finally, there is 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. The work is a global story with far-reaching current relevance.

Each cast member of this large ensemble piece will play a vital part in the story.

According to Minnaar, choosing the right artists was critical as they will have the opportunity to bring their characters to life for the very first time. “We have carefully chosen hugely talented singers who bring storytelling energy, creativity and a spirit of adventure to this journey. Their energy is amazing and their talent world-class,” Minnaar stated.

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.

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