Strindberg's The Father - adaptation at Trafalgar Studios


August Strindberg's The Father, in a version by Laurie Slade, will run at the Trafalgar Studios 2 in London's West End from 11 March to 11 April 2015, with an official opening on 17 March.

The play is directed by Abbey Wright, with set design by James Turner and lighting by Gary Bowman. Cast includes Alex Ferns, who is best known for playing Trevor in BBC soap 'Eastenders'. Ferns will play the Captain and will be joined by June Watson (Nurse), Thomas Coombes (Nojd), Emily Dobbs (Laura) and Barnaby Sax (Doctor). The producers are Jagged Fence Productions in association with Making Productions.

Synopsis: "An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife, Laura. But, a disagreement over the future of their daughter, Bertha, triggers an all-out war. Laura will stop at nothing to gain control of her daughter’s future. When she suggests to the Captain that he may not be the girl’s father, a chain of events is set in motion that cannot be stopped. It is a battle of the minds, but the real question is – is it a battle either can win?"

The adaptation originally ran in 2012 at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre and has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Laurie’s version is described as "a psychologically astute portrayal of gender roles, attitudes to marriage and the battle between science and religion."

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