No More Page 3’s Lucy Anne Holmes & Fathers 4 Justice Among ‘The Father’ Post-Show Programme

Yesterday, After Nyne reported on the latest production of August Stringberg’s play The Father, which is playing at Trafalgar Studios from March 11th. To compliment the show, Trafalgar Studios will be holding a series of topical discussions based around the issues raised in the play. All of the post-show Q&A events will start shortly after the evening’s performance and will last up to an hour. These events are free and open to anyone with a valid ticket or ticket stub to any The Father performances, with priority going to patrons attending the performance directly before the Q&A. Q&As are produced and chaired by Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) Feminism in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey: Mon 23 March Join Lucy Anne Holmes (founder of No More Page 3), Natalie Collins (founder of Fifty Shades of Grey Is Abuse campaign), Caroline Criado Perez (journalist, feminist campaigner and author of Do It Like a Woman) Polly Neate (CEO, Women’s Aid) and other guests to discuss: How far have women’s rights come since the 1880s (when Strindberg was writing) and the 1920s (when this new version of The Father by Laurie Slade is set, in northern England)? Where does feminism stand in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey and Page 3/No More Page 3? What do theatre and the arts have to contribute to the debate? Parenting rights: Does Mummy or Daddy know best?: Mon 30 March Join Matt O’Connor (founder of Fathers 4 Justice), The Father cast members Alex Ferns, Robert Wilfort and Thomas Coombes and other special guests to discuss: In The Father, the only way that the mother is able to take control of her life, her family’s fortune and her daughter’s future is by driving her abusive husband to mental breakdown. Has family law now swung too far in the other direction? What about fathers’ rights? Is truly equal parenting ever possible? Women in the arts: What’s being done about gender inequality?: Tue 7 April Join Alistair Smith (editor, The Stage), Stella Duffy (theatremaker, campaigner and Fun Palaces creator), Stephanie Street (actor, writer and founder member of The Act of Change project), and The Father cast members Emily Dobbs (also the show’s producer) and June Watson and director Abbey Wright to discuss: Is enough being done about gender inequality in theatre and the arts? On this year’s Stage 100 list, women only accounted for 26% of ‘influencers’ identified. This caused a flurry of discussion about whether there should be a separate list for women and prompted Stage editor Alistair Smith to write a response, explaining that the list represents how things are currently in the industry not how they should be… More exciting panelists soon to be announced…After Nyne will report on them as they are announced. The Theatre Management reserves the right to refuse attendance. The producers may change details of the events so please keep referring back to this page for details. Jagged Fence Productions presents THE FATHER By August Strindberg, in a version by Laurie Slade Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY Wed 11 March – 11 April 2015 Press Night: Mon 16 March 2015, 7pm Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.45pm Thursday & Saturday, 3.00pm Ticket prices: £30, £25 and £17.50 Concessions (students and unemployed): Receive a Band B ticket for £15 Groups (10+) bookings: Receive a £1 discount off each ticket when you make a group booking of 10 tickets or more. Schools (10+) bookings: £15 tickets for school groups of 10+ with one free teacher comp per 10 tickets purchased Access bookings: Discounts available for all disabled theatregoers and one companion. Access bookings should be made via the box office on 0844 264 2140. An Access rate is available for wheelchair users and Patrons who have specific access requirements. For further queries and group bookings please contact a member of the ATG Tickets Access Team on 0844 871 767. All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets Website: www.jaggedfence.co.uk Box Office: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-father/trafalgar-studios/