Celebrating fatherhood in a music-cinema hybrid

Developed through The Street Theatre’s Early Phase commissioning program, a new creative project aims to balance the books when it comes to representations of fatherhood in the arts.

From Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son and the eponymous King Lear to Thénardier in Les Misérables and the unseen but awful Carl Jones in Lee Daniels’ film Precious, the arts offer multiple examples of fathers behaving badly – even monstrously – down the centuries.

Positive representations of fatherhood – of good dads, nurturing dads and tender dads – are less common in comparison.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts