The Prayer


The Prayer

Written by Grant Buchanan Marshall
Directed by Michael Buffong

This is a play about a child who comes back home. Comes back a man and comes for revenge.


The Prayer depicts a family in the grip of hell. As a young boy Granville is subjected to physical and mental torture by his overbearing and bullying father in the name of religion, while his mother looks on in complicit silence.

What happens to the child?

What kind of a human being does he become?

What happens when the child returns home a man?

“Beware you parents when children become men.”

Grant Buchanan Marshall

The Prayer is a harrowing examination of a black family behind closed doors. The Prayer is the winner of the 1999 Alfred Fagon Award, given annually to the best new play by black writers from the Caribbean or with Caribbean antecedents. The cast includes award winning dub poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Gordon Case (RSC, Iced at Tricycle Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse), Anthony Lennon (In his fourth production for Talawa) and Dominic Letts (RSC, Woman in Black).

  • The Prayer | Young Vic, London: 5 - 29 July 2000

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