13 Mar - 10 Apr 2016 For ages 11+

A Unicorn production

My Father, Odysseus

I want to go home.

  • By Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • With Jeffery Kissoon
  • Directed by Purni Morell

I want to go home.

★★★★ 'Reflective, poetic, powerful' The Stage
★★★★ 'Odysseus is played to perfection by Jeffery Kissoon' Times 

Telemachus’ father left long ago to fight a war. He doesn’t remember him. Now the man of the house, he must step up to defend his father’s legacy and protect his mother from the suitors that lounge around the court.

Meanwhile, the great Odysseus has been trapped by the goddess Kalypso for ten long years. Lost in his memories of past glories he longs to return home.

This timeless Greek myth has been reinvented by extraordinary playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country's Good, Three Birds Alighting on a Field) to create a modern, rich and powerful new work about a son searching for his father and a father searching for himself that explores masculinity and the effects of war.

Cast includes: Ben Adams, Charlotte De Bruyne, Ginny Halder, Jeffery Kissoon, Guy Rhys and Theo Solomon.

Read an interview about writing My Father, Odysseus with Timberlake Wertenbaker here.


PRODUCTION GALLERY (photography by Manuel Harlan)


More info

'Full of raucous hip-hop music, spirited laughs and moments of surprising depth and tenderness.'

★★★★ The Upcoming

‘This modern adaptation takes no prisoners and pierces the heart of Wertenbaker’s text.’

Children's Theatre Reviews 

'It has a liveliness that keeps the audience captivated, whatever age.'

A Younger Theatre

'The Unicorn Theatre continues to programme bold, ambitious work for younger audiences'

The Stage


Director Purni Morell will be discussing the show after the 7pm performance on Thu 7 Mar. 

For schools

School tickets are £10 each with every eleventh ticket free.
Teacher CPD: Tue 26 Jan, 4.30-7pm (free)
My Father, Odysseus Teachers' resource pack
In-school workshops (£120 p/group)

Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

Access performances

Book tickets and find out more about access at the Unicorn.
Please note, the accompanying touch tour on Wed 23 Mar will take place at 5.30pm, call 020 7645 0560 to book your free place.

Audio Described Performance
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 19.00


My Father, Odysseus is Kindly Supported by:

  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
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  • In the rehearsal room

    Photo credit Ludovic des Cognets