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Kenny’s Coming Home is a play with music that celebrates life in Sydney’s Western suburbs.
The Green family escape inner-city Sydney in the early 1990s for a better life out west. Dad grows zucchinis and involves himself in local politics. Aunt Dorothy and Mum find the community they have been missing in the big smoke. Son Kenny leads the Panthers to rugby league glory and is ordained a local legend as a result. Daughter Kim is caught between a rock and a hard place as she tries to make sense of her teenage years.
All hell breaks loose when the local MP drops dead playing squash. Dad decides to seek pre-selection for the Labor Party and tries to co-opt Kenny for support. The family are opposed to his plans. Then they start actively campaigning against him …
‘Kenny’s Coming Home is a shining example of community theatre [...] The political agenda of Ned Manning’s play is serious: the loss of humanist ideals, the sacrifice of principles to pragmatism, but the message that comes through the music and the production is that it’s all in the cause of a foot-tapping, broad-grinning, hand-clapping good time.’ Bob Evans,
Sydney Morning Herald
Cast : 3F, 2M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-596-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
NED MANNING is a writer, actor and teacher. He has written many plays for adults and young people. Among his published plays are
Us or Them, Milo, Close to the Bone and
Luck of the Draw as well as short plays in the anthologies
Short Circuit and
No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames. Other plays for adults include
Kenny’s Coming Home and
Last One Standing. His latest play,
Tsunami, was shortlisted for the STC’s Patrick White Award in 2015.
Ned’s plays for young people include
Alice Dreaming, Gods of War, Women of Troy (adapted from Euripides’ original drama,
The Trojan Women) and
Shakespeare for Australian Schools. He was nominated for an AWGIE for
Romeo and Juliet Intensive, a play for young people that moves between Shakespeare’s world and contemporary Australia. The script was written for The Bell Shakespeare Company’s Actors at Work program, and toured all over Australia.
His radio adaptation of
Women of Troy was nominated for the Prix Marulic Festival of Radio Drama in Croatia in 2013. Ned’s first work of nonfiction,
Playground Duty, is a celebration of the teaching profession and a survival guide for young teachers.
As an actor, Ned has appeared in some of Australia’s most loved film, television and theatre productions including:
Looking for Alibrandi, Offspring, The Shiralee, Bodyline and
Aftershocks. He starred in the 1980’s cult classic
Dead End Drive-In. His latest appearance was in the 2014 feature film,
The Menkoff Method.
Ned has worked as a teacher and dramaturg, designing playwriting courses for youth and adults. He is committed to working with playwrights of all ages and providing them with support and professional guidance.