Fugard's Coming Home

30 March 2009

Athol Fugard's Coming Home comes to the Baxter.

Master playwright Athol Fugard's latest play, Coming Home, comes home to the Baxter Studio from April 2 to 25.

The production marks the Cape Town directorial stage debut for the award-winning Ross Devenish. The stellar cast features Bronwyn van Graan, David Isaacs, Terry Hector, as well as newcomers Devan Walbrugh and Cinga Vanda, both 11 years old, who alternate in the role of the young boy, Mannetjie.

Coming Home is Fugard's first sequel, and follows on from his acclaimed 1995 Valley Song, which was also his first post-apartheid play.

It continues the journey of Veronica Jonkers, played by Van Graan, who has left the farm where her beloved grandfather (Hector) lived, to pursue a singing career in Cape Town.

Now, 10 years later, she returns with Mannetjie, her young son by a Mozambican migrant worker who was killed in a xenophobic attack. After his death, carrying a painful secret and a heart filled with disappointment, and with her own failing health (she is HIV-positive), it is time for her to return to her home village as she strives to plant the seeds of a new life for the boy.

"Athol often writes about the forgotten characters and people who live out of society," says Van Graan.

Coming Home has low-price previews from April 2 to 6, opens on April 7th and runs until April 25, Monday to Saturday at 20h15. Ticket prices range from R85 to R120, and the Baxter Monday special of R55 (light meal and show) applies.

Booking is at Computicket on 083 915 8000, online or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. For discounted block, corporate or school bookings, charities or fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962, Tarryn on 021 680 3993 or Sakhiwo on 021 680 3991 during office hours.

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