Hello and Goodbye
Also written Hello & Goodbye in many cases.
The original text
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. First performed in 1965 with the author in the role of "Johnny". The text was first published by A.A. Balkema in 1966. Published many times subsequently, inter alia by Samuel French (1971) and as Hello and Goodbye (Three Crowns) by Oxford University Press (in the Three Crowns series, 1973). Also included in a number of collections, among them Athol Fugard: Three Port Elizabeth Plays (Oxford University Press, 1974), South African Theatre: Four Plays and an Introduction (HAUM Educational, 1984), Athol Fugard: Selected Plays (Oxford University Press, 1987).
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*, respectively).
1985-6: Hallo en Koebaai, the translation by Schalk 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 and at the Baxter Studio (opening 20 May 1986), directed by Esther van Ryswyk starring Shaleen Surtee-Richards and Royston Stoffels.
Phoenix Players theatre pamphlet, 1966.
PACOFS theatre programme, 1973.
The Company theatre programme, 1974.
The Space theatre programme, 1974.
National Arts Festival programme, 1985.
Insig September 1988.
C. Davis, 2013. "Fugard and the Three Crowns Series" in Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers. New York: Springer.
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