Hello and Goodbye
Hello and Goodbye is a 1965 play by Athol Fugard. A tightly wrought full-length play about the brother and sister Johnny and Hester, the “second-hand Smits of Valley Road, Port Elizabeth”, and their relationship with their mother and father.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1965: First produced by the Phoenix Players, directed by Barney Simon and featuring Molly Seftel (Hester) and Fugard (Johnnie), officially opening on 26 October in the Library Theatre, Johannesburg after a few multi-racial performances elsewhere. The stage manager was Mechack Mosia.
1974: What must rank as the definitive production, featuring Yvonne Bryceland and Bill Flynn, was directed by Athol Fugard for the The Space (Cape Town) first presented on 26 July 1974. The stage director was Gordon Sara. This production later went on to tour Dublin, was invited as part of the opening season at London’s Riverside Studios and both of the actors were used in the SABC-TV and BBC TV productions of the play (197* and 197*, repsectively).
1985: Hallo en Koebaai, the translation by Jacobsz, performed in collaboration with the Alternatiewe Toneelgeselskap on the National Arts Festival Fringe (1985), presented by KRUIK Toneel at the Nico Arena in September 1985 and at the Baxter Studio (opening 20 May 1986), directed by Esther van Ryswyk starring Shaleen Surtee-Richards and Royston Stoffels.
Many productions followed, including Hello & Goodbye with Nazli George as Hester and Ralph Lawson directing in April 2000; Hello & Goodbye, Langley Kirkwood, Kunstekaap, 2001. Pedro Kruger & Ralph Lawson (Directors), Presented by Tripletake Productions at the Tesson Theatre and Baxter Theatre in 2008 and at the Market Theatre from 20 July to 22 August 2010.
Phoenix Players theatre pamphlet, 1966.
PACOFS theatre programme, 1973.
The Company theatre programme, 1974.
The Space theatre programme, 1974.
Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987.
National Arts Festival programme, 1985.
Insig September 1988.
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