The Father

by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton


Best play

Best drama

Best actor - Ian Spiby

Best director - Martin Borley-Cox

Easter Festival of Plays, Isle of Man, April 2024

A moving story about a man with dementia

Eighty-year-old André lives with his daughter, Anne. But isn’t she in London with her boyfriend?

André used to be an accomplished tap dancer. Or perhaps it was an engineer?

But most importantly, where is his watch? It has probably been stolen.

André is trying to remain in control in a bewildering, ever-changing world.

Seen through the eyes of a man with dementia, The Father exposes the emotional toll it has on him and his family. Moving and at times heart-breaking, André’s story will be recognised by all too many families. Blisteringly honest but ultimately uplifting, it’s a story of our times.

Recently an Oscar and BAFTA winning film starring Antony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, this production stars Ian Spiby as André and Kate Billingham as Anne. The cast includes Richard Jordan, Fraser Haines, Bernie Wood and Kimberley Vaughan with original music by Martin Heath. It is directed by Martin Borley-Cox. The portrait of André is by Willy Gilder who is living with dementia.

This amateur production of "The Father (Hampton/Zeller)" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Audience reviews

"Privileged to see this production... a fine blend of emotion and heartache, with humour and hope. Excellent performance on stage and all the work off stage. So much care and heart has been poured into the production. Thank you, to all, for raising awareness of this cruel disease."

"Such a clever production with stage settings and music reflecting the disintegration of a mind right from the beginning to the end of the play. And not to mention the directing of a superb cast of actors."

"A great show. The cast were fab. Expertly directed and the sound was amazing."

"An astonishing production.  I'm still thinking about its messages and performances a day later."

"The Father is an absolute masterpiece. Such a powerful and moving piece. Amazing performances."

"That was absolutely amazing.  My mother died with dementia and so it was most poignant and brought tears to my eyes.  Well done everyone."

"Ian brought a lump to my throat.  Beautifully played. Some sad memories for me but a very worthwhile production professionally done."

"The show was upsetting and so true to life but it also had great humour."

"Awesome. An absolute triumph.  The set looked amazing and the suspended furniture was brilliant.  The performances were excellent. First class in fact. And it was a very thought-provoking piece of theatre".

Dates and venues

Birchmeadow Centre, Birchmeadow Road, Broseley, TF12 5LP
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Tickets are also available from Downes Greengrocers, Broseley

FRIDAY 22 March 2024 at 7.30pm
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024 at 2pm and 6pm
Royal & Derngate, Northampton NN1 1DP
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Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man
as part of the Easter Festivals of Plays

SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2024 at 7.30pm
Venture Theatre, North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1HU
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Chester Little Theatre, Gloucester Street, Chester
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Helping people with dementia and their families

At every performance of THE FATHER, we will be inviting audiences to donate to the Alzheimer's Society.

Please contribute to their vital work by using our Just Giving page.

Cast & Crew

André - Ian Spiby
Anne - Kate Billingham
Pierre - Richard Jordan
Laura - Kimberley Vaughan
Man - Fraser Haines
Woman - Bernie Wood

Director - Martin Borley-Cox
Assistant Director and stage manager Vicky Kelly
Props - Vicky Kelly, Denise Swann
Original music - Martin Heath
Scenery - Rod Arkle, Vicky Kelly
Sound design - Martin Borley-Cox
Sound & lighting technician - Peter Borley-Cox
Technical support Flic Jones
Continuity - Olivia Hulley
Portrait - Willy Gilder
Poster Design - Nathan Adams

Photo Gallery

Photos by Martin Borley-Cox

Rehearsal photo gallery

Photos by Martin Borley-Cox