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To: Saturday, 14 April 2012
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The Father was written during Strindberg's marriage break-up and his distress and imaginings are reflected in the play. Prominent among his attitudes is that , in the struggle for dominance, a strong woman will destroy the man - the essence of the plot of The Father. When Laura struggles to assert her authority over her household and her daughter the only thing standing in her way is an old Captain - her husband.
5 April 2012
It is thought that The Father is derived from August Strindberg's personal experiences during the disintegration of his first marriage, showcasing the gender issues relating to decisions about their child's future; something which still holds relevance in today's culture.
This Belgrade Theatre's production, directed by Joe Harmston, succeeds on so many levels. The new adaptation by Laurie Slade never loses the essence of Strindberg's work but is able to channel a new life into his writing, making it increasingly more accessible for a modern audience.
Simon Scullion's design in the Main House interwoven with Mike Robertson's lighting and Matthew Bugg's sound composition is incredibly striking. It is able to effectively reflect the breakdown of the family after the mother (played by the incredibly talented Katy Stephens) plants a seed of doubt in the father's mind regarding the paternity of their daughter, Bertha. Such a suspicion drives the father to insanity,...
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