London premiere of Laurie Slade’s version of Strindberg’s THE FATHER to open at Trafalgar Studios.
CAST INCLUDES ALEX FERNS, JUNE WATSON, THOMAS COOMBES, EMILY DOBBS, AND BARNABY SAX, WITH FURTHER CASTING TO BE ANNOUNCED
The production will play at Trafalgar Studios for a limited season, with a first preview on 11th march and a final performance on 11th April 2015.
Laurie Slade’s acclaimed new version of August Strindberg’s The Father is to be given its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios this March. Jagged Fence Productions in association with Making Productions will present the play, for which casting is also announced today. 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. Tickets are on sale now.
Alex Ferns is well known for his award-winning role as ‘Trevor’ in BBC One’s EastEnders and returns to the stage after recently starring in Sam Shepherd’s True West at the Tricycle Theatre. Joining Ferns in the company are 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 Father is produced by Jagged Fence Productions. James Turner will design, with lighting by Gary Bowman, music by Simon Slater and casting by Annie Rowe.
ABBEY WRIGHT (DIRECTOR)
Abbey Wright’s most recent credits include Ghosts (New Vic), The Glass Supper (Hampstead), Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios), Dublin Carol (Donmar Trafalgar Season). Wright was the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar from 2008-9 and was Assistant to Alan Rickman on Strindberg’s Creditors there in 2008. She was Staff Director to Danny Boyle on Frankenstein’ at the National Theatre.
ALEX FERNS (CAPTAIN)
Alex Ferns most recently performed on stage in the London transfer of Sam Shepard’s True West (Tricycle Theatre). Previous theatre credits include Casualties (Park Theatre), South Pacific (Barbican), The Hard Man (Tour) and Little Shop of Horrors (Tour). His latest film work includes Brian Hegland’s Legend and Warner Bros new adaptation of Tarzan. He recently shot a role in the next series of 24 and appeared in ITV’s The Widower. Ferns is also well known for his award-winning role as Trevor in EastEnders.
JUNE WATSON (NURSE)
June Watson recently appeared on stage in Michael Grandage’s The Cripple of the Inishmaan for which she received the 2014 Clarence Derwent Award (Cort Theater, Broadway & Noël Coward Theatre). Her extensive theatre credits include Good People (Hampstead Theatre), Mrs Lowry & Son (Trafalgar Studios), Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). Her film credits include 102 Dalmations, Ghost Hunter and The Last Yellow and her television work includes Law and Order: UK, Holby City and The City.
THOMAS COOMBES (NOJD)
Thomas Coombes was recently on stage in Single Spies (The Rose Theatre Kingston). Other theatre credits include The Merchant Of Venice (The Globe), Barbarians* (Tooting Arts Club) and Finding Alice (Lyric Hammersmith/Tricycle), Coombes also won the Best Male Performance Award at the 2013 ‘Offies’. His television credits include Jekyll and Hyde, The Woman in Red, Wallander, Count Arthur Strong, Atlantis, Suspects, The Honourable Woman and Him & Her. Film work includes PLAN-Z, Tomoko, Scar Tissue, and Screwed.
EMILY DOBBS (LAURA)
Emily Dobbs trained as an actor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her recent stage credits include The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse), As You Like It and Midsummer Night’s Dream (both Wirksworth Festival), Gotcha (Riverside Studios), Puppets and Prophets (Theatre 503), Love on the Dole (Finborough), Gethsemane (Gate Theatre) and Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (Arcola). Her television work includes roles in The Bill and Primeval.
Jagged Fence Productions and Making Productions present
By August Strindberg, in a version by Laurie Slade
Trafalgar Studios 2, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Wed 11 March – 11 April 2015
Press Night: Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.45pm
Thursday & Saturday, 3.00pm
Thursday 29th January 2015