Hello and Goodbye

Annelie van Zyl and Darryl Spijkers in Hello and Goodbye.

Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye, which explores the relationship of two down and out siblings who haven’t seen each other in several years, will run at the Masque Theatre from Thursday May 11 to Saturday May 13.

Hello and Goodbye was originally written and performed in the 1960s, and is a play traditionally set in Port Elizabeth. Johnnie and Hester Smit are estranged siblings who haven’t had contact since Hester left their family home in Valley Road. Their mother died when they were both young and their father had his leg blown off in a dynamite explosion. Johnnie has since become his father’s primary caregiver while Hester has been seeking her fortune in the big city, desperate to escape the poverty of her family home. Unaware that their father has recently died, she returns to Valley Road for the first time in many years.

The Masque will be again be presenting this play in 2017, but with a twist.

The script has been edited in order to exclude references to a specific era in order to focus on the relationship between the siblings

There are only four performances, evenings at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm.

Tickets cost R80 each. Book your tickets at www.masque
theatre.co.za, by calling 021 788 1898 or by emailing bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.