This gripping solo play tells the story of a disillusioned war veteran, ultimately finding understanding, reconciliation and redemption.
When Jimmy Vanderberg leaves the Ford factory to volunteer to serve in Vietnam, he wants to prove himself a man. But after the war, Jimmy returns to a country more humiliated than grateful and feels abandoned by those he served.
Jimmy is a dependable family man, a taxpayer and a decorated war veteran, but as he sees his income plummet, his friends thrown on the scrapheap and jobs disappear overseas his resentment rises.
Jimmy decides to “Make America Great Again” but a chance visit by the son of a fallen comrade forces him to doubt his convictions which leads to a moment of profound emotional understanding.
The play’s moving depiction of dealing with trauma is universal, helping us understand that to overcome it we must face the truth of it in the here and now.
Leaving Vietnam comes to The Swallow Theatre this November before heading out on a UK tour in 2024.
A thought-provoking and timely solo play by award-winning actor-playwright Richard Vergette.
‘an extraordinary tour de force that is both uplifting and devastating in equal measure‘ – Reviews Hub
‘supremely well crafted … no-one in the audience can have been left unmoved.‘ – Three Weeks Edinburgh
Leaving Vietnam is a complex and demanding play that is a pleasure to watch.’ – British Theatre Guide
Written and performed by Richard Vergette
Directed by Andrew Pearson
Approximately 70 minutes straight through.
After a brief interval there will be a Q&A in the bar with writer / actor Richard Vergette for those who would like to stay on.
Recommended age : 14+