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“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 Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), directed by Jo Bonney. Three short plays performed together.
The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, The Stage, FT
"Gripping… totally compelling. Suzan-Lori Parks’s three-part play is epic in every sense."
The Guardian | Michael Billington
"[Suzan-Lori Parks] thrillingly leads the charge for a new kind of “historical” drama."
Daily Telegraph l Dominic Cavendish
“Thrilling. A masterpiece.”
New York Magazine
“Extraordinary. The best new play I’ve seen all year.”
New York Times
Father Comes Home From The Wars tickets at the Royal Court from £14.50!
Diane Berry21st October
Fantastic! I am so glad someone told us about it. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Margaret Hussey16th October
We are used to scenarios centered around characters such as these - at that period of American history - but this trio of plays opens up many of the close personal issues arising from the events so is much more interesting.
Kathleen Kasprowiak14th October
This was an excellent production of a very well written play. The playwright covered so many important aspects of two big topics - the American Civil war and slavery and their impact on relationships with admirable courage but also with a light touch. The acting was superb throughout. There were no "big names" but that did not detract from the overall quality of the production. Well done The Royal Court - an afternoon of 5 star entertainment at a very reasonable price. The café/restaurant wasn't bad either.
The writing, themes, cast, acting all top notch. It was a fine evening of theater.
Excellent production, script almost poetic.
Lawrence Cotter9th October
I thought the play and the acting both splendid, the lighting in the first scene a bit inept (why have a lantern in 1862 so obviously electric and why have the cabin lit when the sun is not up yet?). And the electric guitar music was completely inappropriate to 1862 (when acoustic guitar and fine ballads from the period are available), so inappropriate it was annoying and distracting from the quality of the play. The well-played and sung music would have been fine in another setting, but not suitable here at all.
Deborah Higham9th October
An interesting experience - acted with conviction - really enjoyed the music that ran through the production.