Strindberg’s THE FATHER in a new version by LAURIE SLADE has now opened at Trafalgar Studios.
***** The Father, now triumphantly revived at Trafalgar Studios… Laurie Slade’s hyper-modern adaptation is a gift to them all and the strongest possible case for The Father’s return to the repertoire. (The Times 18.3.2015)
**** The Father could easily be seen as a melodramatic and mysogonistic rant by an increasingly irate lunatic. But Laurie Slade’s incisive and intuitive update reveals it as a complex study of psychological warfare... Slade’s dynamic script… highlights that everyone is culpable in this tragedy. (The Stage 18.3.2015)
***** This is certainly an adaptation set at a pace and ruthlessness suitable for today’s theatre audiences, with little need to take account of it being a play written for a previous generation… My only disappointment is that it was all over too soon. (LondonTheatre1.com 18.3.2015)
*** Laurie Slade’s excellent adaptation carefully avoids making the tussle between the Captain and his other half Laura a one-sided slanging match against women. Laura’s actions are shocking… but Slade makes a plausible case for her tactics being a result of the way society and the Captain have treated her…Intense, awful, and an example of the depths of human cruelty (Time Out 19.3.2015)