Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Royal Court

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

15 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016

£10.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Seems like the worth of a colored man, once he’s made free, is less than his worth when he’s a slave

West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery.

The family he leaves behind debates whether to escape or await his return, and they fear that, for Hero, freedom is an empty promise that may come at a great cost.

You know good and well that his Freedom-promise is only ever linked to something bad.

Suzan-Lori Parks returns to the Royal Court with her new plays.


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“Ambitious, assured and poetic... Toussaint’s Hero manages to be both an archetype and a man with drives, hopes and dreams. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Epic... totally compelling... Toussaint admirably combines a massive physical presence with a morally flawed character. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Remarkably accessible... the language playful, contemporary-poetic, witty... Loose-limbed and lyrical. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Immensely arresting and impressive... You never stop admiring the ambition and creative confidence. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Parks’s poetic language, songs, light magical realism and general audacity account for much of it’s appeal... Splendidly acted. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Layered three-hour trilogy... Epic... yet in Bonney’s production feels intimate and contemporary. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Epic in every way, for Homer’s Odyssey is referenced heavily throughout. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Unfold like a ballad... strong stories... But the words never swell into action. Bonney’s production is static. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Reframes the story of slavery as a core cultural myth.. Parks writes with a plainsong poetry... Lacks dramatic clout. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“A three-hours-plus snoozeathon... self-indulgent twaddle. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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