Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
★★★★ "Totally compelling. Directly political. Epic in every sense" The Guardian
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Until 22 Oct
Royal Court Theatre
★★★★ "Parks passes her mythic-feeling story through a modern-day authorial lens" Daily Telegraph
★★★★ "Has the sharp quality of a fable that will never cease to be timely" The Independent
★★★★ "Mighty, mischievous and moving" Financial Times
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.