A Voyage Round My Father


Bill Walton

December 1996


A Voyage Round My Father is an autobiographical play by John Mortimer, well-known author of the long running Rumpole of the Bailey

In this highly autobiographical play, a sublimely comic drama of warmth, nostalgia and wisdom, a young man looks back on an unconventional childhood and youth. He is overshadowed by his irascible and eccentric father. Sent away to boarding school to be 'prepared for life', he finds teachers deranged by shell shock after the First World War and boys who try to coat their ordinary home lives with romance. As the Second World War begins, the mild-mannered protagonist tries to become a writer, but is compelled to become a barrister like his father - a towering character depicted with affection and exasperation.