Booking to 8 April 2023
A gripping and moving play about the lived experiences of a war veteran.
Leaving Vietnam is a thought-provoking and timely play that shows how those who feel disillusioned and excluded can be seduced into supporting populist politicians. Richard Vergette’s depiction of the personal trauma of war resonates with the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan and those currently fighting – and dying – in Ukraine.
Leaving Vietnam runs from 14 March 2023 until 8 April 2023 at the Park Theatre London.
What's the story of Leaving Vietnam?
Jimmy Vandenberg, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, works alone in his garage servicing the classic American cars of his youth while struggling to forget his battle experiences. He can’t move on when his sacrifice is not acknowledged in a nation still shamed by defeat. When Jimmy hears Trump’s call to ‘Make America Great Again’, it speaks to his anger and resentment – and he is hooked. His new-found politics drives a wedge between him and his wife, but a chance visit by the son of a fallen comrade makes him doubt his convictions and leads to a moment of understanding and redemption.
Who are the creative team of Leaving Vietnam?
Written and performed by Richard Vergette
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationPark Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Finsbury Park (National Rail, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line)
Nearest Buses: 210, W3, W10, 4, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259, N23, N253, N279