Hero's Welcome

Full-Length Play  /  3w, 3m

A war hero returns to the town he fled 17 years ago, which threatens to stir up old rivalries and resentments.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 3m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)


Though he's lauded in the media as a military hero, Murray is remembered less fondly by many in his old village. He left amidst rumours of arson, unplanned pregancy and stealing his best friend's girlfriend. So when he returns, 17 years later, with a new wife in tow, he creates trouble from the beginning - not least with his ex-fiancee. As more secrets emerge and old scores are settled, the village is drawn into the crossfire.

Murray A former soldier, 38

Baba His wife, 32

Brad A farmer & landowner, 38

Kara His wife, 35

Simmy (Simone) Their daughter, 17

Derek A builder, 43 Alice His wife, 39

Note: Kara & Simmy are written to be doubled-up by the same actor

  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Licensing & Materials

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Alan Ayckbourn

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