"So I thought, since we can’t do Europe this summer, why don’t the kids and I just do a little Southern History road trip?"

Lyn Gardner avatar
15 August 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins may be best known in the UK from An Octoroon, which transferred from the Orange Tree to the NT. Now there is a chance to see the UK premiere of another play of his that draws on the tradition of American family dramas to explore the ghosts that haunt us and the legacies we leave behind. Ola Ince directs this new production of a play described by the New York Times as a “fine, subversively original new play.””
“First performed in 2013, this play is sadly no less relevant given the state of American politics at the moment. Set in the American south, it’s an exploration of heritage and the dark side of history. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who also wrote the hugely successful ‘An Octoroon’, it received a string of strong reviews from the critics.”


"We’re going to drive back home through Mississippi, Louisiana – all those places – experience some of Daddy’s heritage."

The Lafayette family gather at their late father’s home in Arkansas to bury the hatchet and prepare the former plantation for its Estate Sale.

Until, that is, they make a discovery which changes everything.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins takes on the rich tradition of American family drama in his gripping play about ghosts and the legacies we are left with. Ola Ince directs APPROPRIATE in its UK premiere at the Donmar.

Critic reviews

Dark secrets emerge as three siblings gather at their late father’s old plantation home in this daring drama

The Guardian



Revealing and stunningly acted subversion of American theatrical family dramas

The Stage

Audacious and vividly atmospheric family drama raises goosebumps

Evening Standard

A lacerating portrait of a family with skeletons in the closet

The Telegraph

Fraught family reunion blisteringly told

The Arts Desk

Director Ola Ince brings this all together with a genuine sense of haunted unease, especially in the play’s closing moments

The Upcoming

All the cast capture the audience's attention, though Dolan especially offers a shakingly austere portrayal of a woman whose grief has consumed her

Broadway World

Appropriate is a bitingly funny family drama — and a shrewd analysis of the state of the nation

Financial Times

Provocative family reunion drama from the sublime Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Time Out

Date & time

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Fri 16 Aug - Sat 5 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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