A free show about dads is set to tour the city and county later this month.
This project is a unique collaboration between popular local theatre company The Common Lot, the UEA School of Social Work, the Norwich voluntary organisation Menscraft, and Dads Matter, a service for fathers provided by Norfolk County Council.
The show focuses on challenged and challenging dads, telling the stories of four men’s experiences as fathers and their encounters with authority. Each story poses different questions on what it means to be a father, what challenges fathers can face and cause and why fathers matter, for all of us.
The original script and songs have been created using research from the UEA School of Social Work, conducted by Dr Georgia Philip, and the views of local fathers including those working with Dads Matter and Menscraft. There will be also be a chance for the audience to ask the cast and creators questions and discuss the stories and issues presented.
Simon Floyd, Director of the Common Lot said “We are very pleased to be presenting this show to audiences in Norfolk. Fathering is not often put under a spotlight and I think we are doing something important: making people think whilst at the same time entertaining them. That’s what we are about.”
As part of the tour, a special daytime performance for UEA students and local social work practitioners will take place at the UEA Thomas Paine Study Centre lecture theatre at 1pm on Thursday 28th October.
Funding for How’s Your Father? has been provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, UEA Research Impact fund, Norfolk County Council and the Geoffrey Watling Foundation.
We are also grateful for the support of Menscraft and Norwich Arts Centre
This is a free show, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Contains strong language – not suitable for younger children.
Dates and Venues in October
Thursday 21st October – 7.30pm
Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road, Norwich. NR3 2RJ
Friday 22nd October – 7.30pm
King’s Lynn Library, London Road, King’s Lynn. PE30 5EZ
Saturday 23rd October – 7.30pm
Norwich Men’s Centre 47-51 Pitt St Norwich NR3 1DE
Sunday 24th October – 3pm
Louis Marchesi, Tombland, Norwich NR3 1HR
Thursday 28th October – 1pm
Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Thursday 28th October – 7.30pm
The York Tavern Norwich NR 2 2 AS
Friday 29th October – 7.30pm
Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth. NR30 2SH
Saturday 30th October – 7.30pm
Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich. NR2 1AW
Sunday 31st October – 3pm
Stage Two Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich. NR2 1RL