A Tragic Farce
Winner of the 2014 Molière award for France’s best play.
Mar 16th to 23rd 2019
Written by Florian Zeller. Translated by Christopher Hampton.
Directed by John Ruscoe
His things are being stolen, one daughter wants to take his flat away, the other one never visits. He is threatened with violence and strangers are coming in and out of his flat and saying that they are friends and family. Andre knows that he must find some way to assert his authority.
Described as a "savagely honest study of dementia", ‘The Father’ makes us see things as if through the confused eyes of André, as he struggles to make sense of a progressively befuddling world.
Sound grim? It’s not.
It’s a play that constantly confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller, with a sinister Pinteresque edge, as complete strangers keep on turning up in André’s flat. There are strong echoes of ‘King Lear’, both in the impending madness and the father-daughter relationships, but there is also comedy in a situation that has its farcical elements even as the tragedy unfolds.
What the Reviewers said about the Criterion's Production
"Moving study of man's rage against the dying of the light"
"Life for this elderly titular figure is a constant nightmare of confusion. He is surrounded by walls that are forever reality of the most terrifying proportions . . . . At the centre of it all is a towering performance by Keith Railton .The whole is shaped and magnified by John Ruscoe’s unflinching direction which heightens the ongoing sense of paranoia with contrasting light and shade and claustrophobic images of room-to-room internment." Peter McGarry
This amateur production of ‘THE FATHER’ (Hampton/ Zeller) was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.
- John Ruscoe : Director
- Keith Railton : André
- Cathryn Bowler : Anne
- Helen McGowan : Woman
- Hugh Sorrill : Pierre
- Peter Gillam : Man
- Leonie Slater : Laura
- Helen Withers : Stage Manager
- Simon Sharpe : Designer
- Jean Firth : Wardrobe
- Liz Hodgkiss : Wardrobe
- Frances Dixon : Props
- Chris Marrakis : Props
- TBA : Sound Design = Joe Bennett
- Dave Cornish : Sound
- Lilian McGrath : Prompt
- Jenson Jones : Stage Crew
- Michael Hammond : Stage Crew
- Lukasz Nowacki : Stage Crew