Father Familiar had its premier season at BATS Theatre in 2010.
International award-winning playwright
Branwen Millar (Best New Playwright at the 2005 New Plays Festival
in Santa Barbara, California) has leapt into the spotlight with a
hiss and a roar. Former Wellingtonian of the Year (youth category)
Millar's second play, Armslength was one of the winners of the 2007
New Zealand Young Playwrights Competition.
"Intriguing in its form and content,
Armslength proves that Branwen Millar's extraordinary debut play
Noisy Shadows (BATS, 2006) was no flash in the pan." John Smythe,
"Lyrical and tender, cleverly structured and
beautifully written" (Lynne Cardy, Auckland Theatre Company).
Playmarket director Mark Amery enthused: "You
will be hard pushed to find a smarter and better crafted play from a
fresh voice this year."
Chrysalis Theatre Company commissioned
Branwen to write Father Familiar for their company and it is a step
up for this rapidly maturing artist. Father Familiar explores
father-daughter relationships - the tensions, self-deceptions,
misunderstandings and mis-communications that intrude on a loving
relationship. Larry, a plastic surgeon, loves women. He also loves
his son Eddie and daughter Sam. Sam, a piano teacher, would love to
love her father but when Eddie dies, someone is going to take the
A story of forgiveness and redemption, Father
Familiar is a gripping two-hander that delivers a powerful punch.
Biographies of John, Mel and
Directed by Stephanie McKellar-Smith
Featuring John Bach and Mel Dodge
Lighting Design Marcus
McShane, Rachel Marlow
Operator Rachel Marlow
Photography Helen Mitchell
Print Design Paul
Producer Howard Taylor