Coming Home

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There are at least three South African plays that seem to have been entitled Coming Home.

Coming Home a play by Muthal Naidoo (1982)

First performed at the Hermit Theatre in Durban in 1982, featuring Madoda Ncayiyana, Etienne Essery and Pippa Dyer. The opening performance was a fund-raiser for the Detainees’ Parents’ Support Committee in Durban. The play was nominated for a Critics Circle Award, with Ncayiyana winning the Best Newcomer Award.

Coming Home a musical by Kriben Pillay (1993)

The play

This is an adaptation and renaming by Kriben Pillay (1956-2020) of the musical Side by Side Masisizane (Pillay, Devar and Caminsky, 1989), which tells the same story but in the context of exiles returning home.

See also Side by Side Masisizane

Translations and adaptations

A video of the original production of Coming Home is preserved by University Television (UTEL) at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and has been made available on a YouTube channel[1] dedicated to the theatre works of the UDW Drama Department and the Asoka Theatre.

Performance history in South Africa

1993: The piece premiered at the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 1993 as part of the main festival.


"UTEL saves historic theatre productions for the archives", Alumni Relations, University of Kwazulu-Natal (October 31, 2018)[2]

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Coming Home a play by Athol Fugard (2009)

The original text

Written by Athol Fugard (1932-), it is a sequel to his 1995 play Valley Song and continues the story of Veronica Jonkers's journey after the incidents recorded in the earlier work.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2009: Staged in The Studio at the Baxter Theatre, directed by Ross Devenish, with Bronwyn van Graan (Veronica), Terry Hector (Grandpa), David Isaacs and child actors Devan Walbrugh and Cinga Vanda.


Die Burger, 19 March 2009

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