About the Show
It’s the show that rocked Canada & Edinburgh. The show that started a thousand conversations. The show that faces toxic masculinity head on, distilling it into the figure of one very funny, very engaging, very troubled man. Adam Lazarus is The Father, and he’s got a story to tell. Taking you through his journey into manhood and his struggles as a dad, he touches on love, lust, violence, and more. In his account of desire and remorse you’ll recognize problems we’re all trying to face—within society and perhaps, for some of us, within ourselves.
Daughter has earned raves for its candour, its daring, and its powerhouse solo performance. Riveting from start to finish, it’s a public display that has the feel of an intimate, desperate confession. You could see it as a cry for help—but the need it speaks to belongs to more than one solitary man. At some moments in this show you may laugh, at others you may nod your head in agreement, at others you may recoil in shock. Lazarus, Canada’s Bouffon king, presents himself as a subject for our amusement, our dismay and, finally, our judgement.
Written & Performed by Adam Lazarus
Co-created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, & Melissa D'Agostino
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
Composition & Sound Design by Richard Feren
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Producers: Tom Arthur Davis, Adam Lazarus, Jivesh Parasram, & Aislinn Rose
From the Edinburgh Production:
★★★★ "Daughter is so powerful and unsettling because it blurs the line between performer and character.... The really fascinating thing here is the way the show probes how we, the audience, respond. He keeps pushing and pushing at the line as if daring us to draw it."
-Lyn Gardner, The Independent
★★★★ "Laughter and horror in magnetic study of toxic masculinity... leaves the audience reeling long after the bruise has faded."
-Kate Wyver, The Guardian
★★★★ "Slickly performed by Adam Lazarus, this monologue is almost as insidiously clever as it is (eventually) difficult to watch."
Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times
★★★★ "Electrifying... A meticulous narrative provocation... A timely portrait of everyday misogyny hiding in plain sight."
-Neil Cooper, The Herald
★★★★ "Blisteringly funny at times, but incendiary too, even brutal... packs a mighty punch that threatens to leave you reeling."
-David Kettle, The Arts Desk
★★★★ "A powerfully unsettling exploration of pervasive misogyny... Chillingly unwinds the convenient notion of singular ‘monsters’."
-Tom Wicker, Fest Magazine
★★★★ "Lazarus is terrific... Daughter boldly addresses the darkness eating away at men and the monstrous ways in which they exert power."
-Craig Angus, The List
★★★★ "It’s exhausting and it should be exhausting – not just for women, for whom literally none of these behaviours is a surprise, but more importantly for men, particularly if they recognise themselves in his actions."
-Kirstyn Smith, Marbles Magazine
★★★★ "It is impossible to sit back passively and watch Daughter."
-Emily Champion, The 730 Review
★★★★ "A moving warning about the damaging effects of pornography & toxic masculinity."
-Ian Cater, What's On London
★★★★★ "Lazarus drags his viewers wholly into his world; every confronting, squeamish or delighting moment is inescapable."
-Laura Foulger, The Upcoming
★★★★★ "Absorbing and exceptional... This is a tough watch, but it is worth it for theatre this important."
-Marni Appleton, Three Weeks Edinburgh
★★★★★ "Unforgettable... If theatre is meant to provoke a reaction, this is an absolute masterpiece."
-Marianna Meloni, Everything Theatre
★★★★★ “Raw, unsettling and far too close for comfort.”
-Jennifer Helen McGowan, West End Wilma
From the Toronto Productions:
★★★1/2 (out of 4) "There is no question about its relevance and power!... Undoubtedly impressive."
-J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe & Mail
★★★★★ "Provides an enormous psychological impact."
-Mark Kay, Torontoist
★★★★ Critics' Pick. "More urgent than ever... A strong, disturbing play, one you'll need to discuss with friends afterwards."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
★★★★ Critics' Pick. "Delivers a brutal reality check... The uncomfortable mea culpas ultimately form a mirror, especially for men, prompting critical self-reflection and discussion."
-Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine
★★★★ "An important and powerful play."
-Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
★★★ (out of 4) "Challenges the grey areas of masculinity... Could not be more perfectly in sync with the zeitgeist... Lazarus is an expert in bouffon."
-Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
A+. Must-see. "The scariest show I’ve seen all year, as dangerously engaging (and genuinely funny) as it is brutally visceral."
-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World
From the Canadian National Tour:
"Provocative and controversial... A most necessary theatrical experience."
-Brie McFarlane, New Ottawa Critics (Ottawa)
“A standout performance... Pins parenting against the patriarchy.”
Tamara LaPlante, The Charlatan (Ottawa)
"To say that Daughter is a provoking piece of theatre is an understatement."
-Jenna Shummoogum, GetDown.ca (Calgary)
Awards & Accolades
Winner HERALD ANGEL AWARD (shared with CanadaHub programming) • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Nominee OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, DIRECTION, PERFORMANCE, SOUND DESIGN/COMPOSITION • Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2018
Winner OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, NEW PLAY, DIRECTION, & PERFORMANCE • NOW Magazine 2016
Commendation SIT-UP AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Honourable Mention SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE • SummerWorks 2016
Winner OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE • My Theatre Awards 2017
August, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & The Theatre Centre • Presented by Selconcious Productions & Summerhall • As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe • CanadaHub (King's Hall, Mainspace) • Edinburgh, Scotland
February, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake, Presented by the National Arts Centre • As part of undercurrents Festival • National Arts Centre, 4th Stage • Ottawa
February, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Club PuSh) • The Fox Cabaret • Vancouver
January, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of High Performance Rodeo • Vertigo Theatre Centre • Calgary
November, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & The Theatre Centre • The Theatre Centre • Toronto
August, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Kick & Push Festival • Grand Theatre • Kingston
June, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival • Teatrul Gong • Sibiu, Romania
August, 2016 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As a part of SummerWorks Performance Festival • Factory Theatre • Toronto
This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Daughter team has raised $1,000 in donations for the White Ribbon Campaign to support their work in envisioning healthy relationships with masculinity, promoting gender equality, and ending violence against women and girls.