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Kenny's Coming Home

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Title: Kenny's Coming Home
Author: Manning, Ned
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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 (1991)

Cast : 3F, 2M



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




The Green family have moved out of the inner city and into the Western suburbs. The family's move has been prompted by Dad's political ambitions. When the local Member drops dead playing squash Dad seizes the opportunity. However, his political leanings so horrify his sister, Aunt Dorothy, that she decides to stand against him. Aunt Dorothy sees Dad as a traitor to Labor ideals, the ideals of Ben Chifley. Dad is unperturbed for he knows son Kenny, a local footy legend, will bolster his campaign. Sadly for Dad, Kenny is not the person he was. The family is thrown into turmoil in this political satire told with the addition of twelve rollicking songs.

Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925005967
Publishing status: Active (web)
Kenny's Coming Home