Calling Us Home is a story of hope, a story of love and a story of home. The musical premiered on 17 August 2017 at the Joburg Theatre with an all-star cast of 33 and will be staged in October 2018 at Artscape in Cape Town.
A young woman, Grace, prepares to leave the country of her birth. Her safety is threatened by war and she is forced to flee, to abandon everything she loves for the uncertainties of a new urban jungle, where concrete structures block out the stars in the sky.
As she journeys across the savannah and the ocean to this new home, she meets others like her, with similar stories of survival, compassion and courage. They become her friends, her travelling companions, her family. Amongst them she finds a love ‘so strong that it tears the night sky apart’.
But light is never far from darkness and in the dark there is danger. Where will Grace find her true home? Follow her as she journeys to a country that doesn’t know her, under a sky that won’t ease her longing.
MUSIC, BOOK AND LYRICS by Alice Gillham
DIRECTED by Magdalene Minnaar
“… phenomenal set design and voices that beautifully pierce the silence is how I would describe it.”
– Jacaranda FM
“…fresh, innovative and spectacular.”
– Bruce Dennill
“…showcasing some wonderful home-grown creativity and talent… Lead Lynelle Kenned in the role of Grace sings like a songbird with “Trail of Stars” being a showstopper…”
– Whats On In Joburg
“This production, 100% local, is one of the finest gems ever produced on an SA Stage. It weaves different cultures, different musical genres, into one classical masterpiece… the music and powerful lyrics are a huge force in this production and make for an unforgettable theatrical experience.”
– Stage And Screen