Calling Me Home heads to Joburg Theatre in August

This looks like it is going to be pretty epic and I have no doubt that Joburg 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. 

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 _ Alice Gilham and 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.

“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 and includes the likes Lynelle Kenned, Samantha Pe, Anthony Downing and Zolani Mahola.

Supporting the leads will be Carly Graeme, Christiaan Snyman, Tankiso Mamabolo, Pierre van Heerden, Luigia Casaleggio, Clint Lesch, Isabella Jane, Sebastian Zokoza and Saxola Ketshengane and Thiart Li.

Dates: Thursday 17 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

Performances are Tuesdays to Fridays at 20h00; Saturdays at 15h00 and 20h00 and Sundays at 14h00.

Ticket prices range from R180 – R420. And can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 0861 670 670.

There is an age restriction of 12 years.

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