The Father

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast:  Sunday 22 September 2013

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August Strindberg's notorious drama from 1890 is re-assessed in an uncompromising new version by Laurie Slade. Part of Radio 3's series of classic plays that tackle the revolutionary changes in the role of women at the end of the nineteenth century.

The play charts an explosive power-struggle between a married couple and was Strindberg's response to the most famous gender drama of the day, Ibsen's A Doll's House.

This new version by Laurie Slade makes the The Father an uncompromising and psychologically astute portrayal of the battle of the sexes in a nineteenth-century middle-class marriage, with surprising insights into issues such as gender, the meaning of marriage, parental attitudes to child education, and the conflicts between science and religion.

This production was originally staged at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry with award-winning actors Joe Dixon and Katy Stephens as The Captain and his wife Laura.

An uneasy stand-off exists between an army Captain and his wife. 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 education and when she suggests to the Captain that he may not actually be the girl's father at all, she sets a chain of events in motion, from which nobody escapes unharmed.

The Captain ….. Joe Dixon
Laura ….. Katy Stephens
Bertha ….. Holly Earl
The Doctor ….. Patrick Toomey
The Pastor ….. Laurence Kennedy
The Nurse ….. Barbara Young
Nöjd ….. Staten Cousins-Roe

Director: Joe Harmston
Adaptation: Laurie Slade

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