Leaving Vietnam

Theatre (new writing, political)

  • Accessibility:
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When Jimmy Vanderberg leaves the Ford factory in Detroit and volunteers 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. Years later, Jimmy decides to "Make America Great Again" but a chance visit by the son of a fallen comrade forces him to doubt his convictions. A gripping solo play by award-winning actor/playwright Richard Vergette. ‘An excellent storyteller… master of surprise revelations. A complex and demanding play that is a pleasure to watch’ (BritishTheatre.com).

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Michael Power 39 days ago

A fantastic story, brilliantly delivered about a particularly complex period in history.

There were moments of laughter but I found my eyes leaking as I became Jimmy Vanderberg and lived his life through Richard Vergette‘s emotive delivery.

Steph Marshall Power 39 days ago

Wow. Superbly acted and well written. Hit me like a tonne of bricks afterwards. Really powerful piece and thought-provoking. You don't need to know about the Vietnam War to understand the context - it cleverly works for any experience. Thank you Richard Vergette for delivering this superb piece of theatre and realism. Definitely one to see and have time afterwards to digest.

Gerard Smith 39 days ago

Powerfully written and acted, back in time but still extremely relevant today, don’t miss it

Mike Phillips 39 days ago

An amazing play brilliantly written and acted by Richard Vergette. All the audience were enthralled and many were moved to tears - the standing ovation was well deserved. A very powerful and thought provoking play which was the most memorable of the 15 shows I went to this year.

Julie Phillips 41 days ago

Very well done. Thought provoking and sad in parts. Good performance given.

Lorenzo Novani 41 days ago

Powerfully acted. Good script. Hard hitting at points, understated at others. A vietnam vet tries to leave it behind him as his anger and disillusionment threatens to destroy his family life. Go see it.

Graham P 48 days ago

An engaging and thought provoking hour. Go and see it, you will not regret it.

George Black 50 days ago

For over an hour this monologue holds your complete attention and emotions. Superb theatre. It's a must-see.

steven wren 52 days ago

Richard Vergette owns the stage in his 1-man play about a Vietnam veteran thinking and reflecting. Constantly engaging and surprising, this is storytelling at its peak.
It's so hard for a play to make its presence felt amongst the comedy cacophony, but this quiet and beautifully crafted piece deserves some attention.

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Three Weeks (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

The storytelling here is supremely well crafted in the realist, literal American tradition, and no-one in the audience can have been left unmoved.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 45 days ago

An engaging and thoughtful exploration of one man’s relationship with war.

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Gonzo Magazine (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

This is not merely a serious work derived from contemporary events but it aspires to something more transformative by cleverly establishing the events of five decades ago within the locus of recent events.

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