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Toronto: The Theatre Centre’s production of “Daughter” by Adam Lazarus will play in London, UK, in March 2020

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Theatre Centre announces their production of Daughter by Adam Lazarus will receive its London, England premiere at Battersea Arts Centre, as part of their Going Global 2020 season.

Daughter is a darkly satirical piece facing toxic masculinity head on, distilled into the figure of a very funny, engaging and troubled man. In 2018, The Theatre Centre’s co-production of Daughter (with QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre) became one of the most talked about shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Provoking passionate discussions from Toronto to Sydney and Somerset (Latitude Festival), Daughter will now have its London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 28, 2020. Raising questions of culpability and complicity, Daughter examines the subtle and not-so-subtle ways misogyny is condoned and encouraged in society.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the show and for The Theatre Centre,” commented Aislinn Rose, The Theatre Centre’s Artistic Director. “I’m particularly excited to be back on the road with Adam; we have a long history working together that pre-dates my time at The Theatre Centre. Representing Canada in Battersea’s Going Global season is hopefully the beginning of a long relationship with their organization. 

“Over the last few years The Theatre Centre has put our resources into supporting artists moving their work beyond a first production. Internationally, we’ve seen huge interest in the work coming out of The Theatre Centre. Specifically, we’ve had a lot of success over the last two years in Edinburgh with the support of the CanadaHub initiative; it’s an incredible resource for Canadian artists to have their work seen within an international context. Daughter heading to Battersea Arts Centre is just the first of a number of exciting announcements to come!”

‘If theatre is meant to provoke a reaction, this is an absolute masterpiece’ ★★★★★

Everything Theatre

‘powerful and unsettling’ ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Independent

‘as insidiously clever as it is (eventually) difficult to watch’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times

 Adam Lazarus plays The Father, an affable everyman; a figure for our amusement, dismay and judgement. The birth of his daughter is a turning point in his life’s journey thus far, and as he looks back at his past and recent behaviour, troubled, violent and shameful secrets start to burst through. It is from his powerful account of violence and searing remorse that we come to recognize the ingrained misogyny we see everywhere — within society, within our communities, and perhaps, for some of us, within ourselves.

Daughter has earned rave reviews for its candour, its daring, and its powerhouse solo performance. A riveting and thoroughly engaging performer, Adam Lazarus offers us a public display as an intimate and desperate confession and invokes the need for more of us to speak up. Written and performed by actor, director and Canada’s ‘bouffon-king’ Adam Lazarus, Daughter is co-created with Melissa D’Agostino, Jiv Parasram and Ann-Marie Kerr who also directs the show. The show was originally produced in 2017 by The Theatre Centre with QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre. This production of Daughter is part of BAC’s Going Global season which brings together the best of international performance and UK artists telling global stories.

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 Written and Performed by Adam Lazarus

Co-created with Ann-Marie Kerr, Melissa D'Agostino and Jivesh Parasram

Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

Lighting design by Michelle Ramsay

Sound & composition design by Richard Feren

Contributing artists (development): Kate Alton, Rebecca Vandevelde, Sasha Theodora

Originally Produced in 2017 by The Theatre Centre, QuipTake, and Pandemic Theatre

Photo: Adam Lazarus in Daughter. © 2017 Alejandro Santiago.