When Catherine returns home on the eve of ceremonies honouring her physician father, she unleashes a kaleidoscope of memories as father and daughter attempt to lay old ghosts to rest. While public service has been the keynote of Doc’s life it has covered the private anguish of a family in crisis. Interacting with figures from the past (including wife and mother Bob, best friend Oscar, and Catherine herself as the young child Katie), the characters retrace and relive past triumphs and tragedies, culminating in Bob’s death. Humour leavens this drama of a father and daughter’s struggle to love, to forgive, and to understand in order to go on.
Doc was first produced in 1984 at Theatre Calgary and has since been produced widely elsewhere. The play received the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 1986.
Sharon Pollock has been one of Canada’s leading dramatists for over 20 years. She has received many honours including the Canada-Australia Literary Award, the Nellie Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award, and two Governor General’s Awards.
“An emotional steamroller of a play.” — Toronto Star
“Doc will have the same impact wherever it is performed…what happens on the stage has the truth of good theatre.” — Saint John Telegraph-Journal
“Doc emerges as Pollock’s finest work yet…she has made a strong personal statement for universal applications.” — Calgary Herald