Laurie Slade’s new version of August Strindberg’s The Father is to be given its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2 this March.
Directed by Abbey Wright, former Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Slade’s contemporary adaptation of Strindberg’s masterpiece will star Alex Ferns as the Captain. The production opens on 17th March (previews from 11th March) and runs until 11th April 2015.
Ferns previously played Trevor in BBC One’s EastEnders. He recently starred in Sam Shepherd’s True West at the Tricycle Theatre. The cast also includes: June Watson, Thomas Coombes, Emily Dobbs and Barnaby Sax, with further casting to be announced.
The adaptation originally ran in a critically acclaimed production at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in 2012 and has subsequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Laurie’s version is a psychologically astute portrayal of gender roles, attitudes to marriage and the battle between science and religion.
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 production has design by James Turner, lighting by Gary Bowman, music by Simon Slater and casting by Annie Rowe.