Kenny’s Coming Home by Ned Manning and Shane McNamara was premiered at The Q Theatre in Penrith in 1991. 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 forms part of the Writing Place resources developed by the English Teachers’ Association and WestWords. On this page you will find links to supplementary resources including production photos costume designs, posters and pre-publicity, reviews and reviews as well as an audio recording of the complete work done for ABC Radio’s Soundstages program.

Currency Press, Australia’s Performing Arts Publisher, in 2016 has published a new edition of the play, available to order here. An e-book will also become available in the near future.

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Designs by Judith Hoddinott:

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