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.
January 2019: Sydney Festival
Dates: January 10-13, 2019
Venue: Carriageworks (245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia)
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
★★★★ "Powerful and unsettling."
-Lyn Gardner, The Independent
★★★★ "Magnetic. Leaves the audience reeling."
-Kate Wyver, The Guardian
★★★★ "As insidiously clever as it is (eventually) difficult to watch."
Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times
★★★★ "Electrifying. This is hardcore."
-Neil Cooper, The Herald
★★★★ "Blisteringly funny at times, but incendiary too, even brutal."
-David Kettle, The Arts Desk
★★★★ "Lazarus is terrific."
-Craig Angus, The List
★★★★★ "Every confronting, squeamish or delighting moment is inescapable."
-Laura Foulger, The Upcoming
★★★★★ "Absorbing and exceptional."
-Marni Appleton, Three Weeks Edinburgh
★★★★★ "Unforgettable. An absolute masterpiece."
-Marianna Meloni, Everything Theatre
★★★★★ "Provides an enormous psychological impact."
-Mark Kay, Torontoist
★★★★ "More urgent than ever. You'll need to discuss [it] with friends afterwards."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
★★★★ "An important and powerful play."
-Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
★★★1/2 (out of 4) "There is no question about its relevance and power!"
-J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe & Mail
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 • MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards 2017
January, 2019 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & The Theatre Centre • As part of Syndey Festival • Carriageworks • Sydney, Australia
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.