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Father's Day

Chigwende Gangaidzo, Lorna (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Father’s Day is a full length family play which, though largely linear, incorporates non-linear structural elements. Act 1’s action occurs in Barbara Roberts’ living room and kitchen diner, while that of Act 2 occurs outside the home of Errol Roberts on a Jamaican mountain side.

The play’s plot concerns Barbara, 48, who has terminal uterine cancer. Barbara’s two children, the devoted Will and the largely absent Sandra, pack up her possessions in the first Act ready for her final journey to a hospice.

This plot trajectory is disrupted when Errol returns to the family he abandoned 23 years earlier. Errol comes to make amends with Barbara but she wants him to care for their children after her death.

Sandra and Will must come to terms with their mother’s death and overcome the negative effects Errol’s abandonment left them with. Sandra returns to her childhood home for her mother’s final days but also to escape her eight month old son Max, who she struggles to feel love for. Will, working from home to be with his two year old daughter Izzi, must decide whether to accept a job offer that means Izzi will spend two days a week at nursery.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Subjects:PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3233
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