In the early 20th century, Rudyard Kipling was Britain’s most popular writer, a Nobel Prize winner and a patriotic nationalist.
In 1913 with war imminent Kipling is determined to send his myopic son to fight, which triggers a bitter family argument leaving this renowned patriot devastated by the conflict between love for his children and his devotion to his King and Country.
This powerful and moving play, by actor David Haig, tells the story of that decision and the effect war has on one family, it also looks at the issues of patriotism and jingoism which were part of its cause.
With an excellent cast of established Archway players joined by an equally talented group of young actors and a specially composed music theme this fine play is a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the start of world war one. A great play that you really can’t afford to miss!
Please note that in three scenes there is some powerful language of
the kind that would be used by young men facing death.