Photo Credit: Screengrab - "Calling Us Home" YouTube

The South African theatre industry is due some good news! “Calling Us Home” is in the works, and auditions for roles start soon.


Cape Town, South Africa (25 October 2021) – Shy Music, producers of Calling Us Home, are proud to announce that acclaimed American Director, Peter Flynn, has joined their Creative Team as Director of their original grand-scale musical opera, to prepare the show for international touring in 2023.

Peter will be travelling from his home in New York to Cape Town to lead the Creative Team – which will be a hybrid of South African and American creatives – as rehearsals begin in Cape Town in January 2023.

A short season will be staged in Cape Town in February 2023 before the cast head out for the international tour. The Calling Us Home cast will be a fusion of local and international talent, with Shy Music intending to create as many opportunities for South African artists and talent as possible.

Peter Flynn fell in love with the music and libretto of Calling Us Home and shares his excitement for being part of the team in re-working and then staging of the musical.

“I’m so very excited and deeply grateful to be joining the Calling Us Home team. I’m really excited to get to know the South African theatrical community and the African theatrical community, and I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to start collaborating to see how we build a new piece of theatre from both the African and South African theatrical perspective and the American perspective because I think that is the root of the story we’re telling in Calling Us Home.”

Shy Music will be holding virtual call auditions for South African artists commencing shortly. For those wishing to audition, information and audition requirements will be available on the Calling Us Home Website from Friday, October 29th, 2021.

Calling Us Home is a story of hope, a story of love and a story of home that ‘premiered’ in Johannesburg with a development run in 2017 and a further development run in Cape Town in 2018.

Calling Us Home is an unforgettable, epic musical, fraught with danger, saved by love. 
Follow leading lady Grace from her homeland across the sea and into a land full of new adventures where she finds friendship, heartbreak and love.

Be moved by the soaring music, drums that pulse the heartbeat of a continent, and by an amazing journey that will sweep you from the plains of Africa, across the sea, to the icy North of an American city.

Calling Us Home is a story that tells of great love. Still, it is also one that humbly yet firmly touches on some of humanity’s big issues, such as the plight of refugees, the many challenges women face and the need for greater empathy, understanding and care in an uncertain world.

“Calling Us Home is a story set across two continents – that must be told from different perspectives- African perspectives, American perspectives, Human perspectives and exploring these has been a big part of our work. It is a story that needs to be authentically told from many different viewpoints – suddenly our village has become a global one!” – Alice Gillham

Take a look at the highlights from the 2018 production below.

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