In My Father's Words

Archived Show


Produced by:
Dundee Rep Theatre
June 04 - June 28, 2015
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Showing in Theater

Show Info

By Justin Young
Directed by Philip Howard
Gaelic translation by Iain Finlay MacLeod

With Angus Peter Campbell, Garry Collins, and Muireann Kelly

In an old wooden house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father, Don, whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak.

Into their lives comes Flora, the caregiver that Louis employs to look after Don. Flora, who is of Scottish heritage, understands that the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history spanning the Atlantic.

In My Father's Words is a beautiful play about identity - national and personal - and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. 

Producing Company

Dundee Rep

Dundee Rep Ensemble is recognised as one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, with a reputation for creating high quality and ground breaking productions of an international standard for the people of Dundee and Scotland.

Since its conception, Dundee Rep Ensemble has created over 100 shows. With a broad repertoire encompassing Shakespeare, musicals, American classics, new plays and work for children and young people, the Ensemble have constantly pushed boundaries and created countless award-winning productions.

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"This is a wonderful play for its depth, beauty and poetic symmetry... In My Father's Words reveals the importance of the language of heritage and the power of communication to heal. With the poetic beauty of revisiting an ancient father/son estrangement, the playwright cleverly spins a new story giving it a modern twist, helped by fine direction, music, and creative set design." - BlogCritics

"A truly glorious play... Young has penned a story that explores language, identity and how together they affect our understanding of ourselves and others. Under Philip Howard's able direction, the play is often extremely moving."  - CurtainUp

"Rich and thoughtful... powerful and fascinating" - The Scotsman

"Philip Howard's strongly acted production bridges the gulf between the domestic and the mythological" - The Guardian, London

"Both intimate and epic in its reach for roots and reconciliation" - The Herald, Scotland