29 June – 16 July 2017


Royal Exchange Theatre

Sat 1 – Sat 22 July

Co-created by Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens

Songs and stories from a forgotten England

World premiere

Fatherland was a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), this daring collage of words, music and movement transformed the Royal Exchange Theatre, animated by a 13-strong cast and a multitude of voices.

A vivid, urgent and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland was inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the trio’s home towns in the heart of the country, exploring identity, nationality, masculinity – and what it means to belong in a world weighed down by the expectations of others.


‘The immersive, verbatim theatre piece they have crafted flashes with searingly honest fragments of these spoken accounts underpinned by a superb musical score that channels everything from thumping dancefloor euphoria, tribal football chants to haunting techno-introspection’ The Independent – 5 STARS

‘The use of movement and song turns material into something genuinely moving and at time euphoric’ The Stage – 4 STARS



Artist talk:

Karl Hyde was in conversation with the Manchester Street Poem team on Saturday July 8 at The Stoller Hall.

Fatherland will be at the Lyric, Hammersmith from 25 May – 23 June 2018

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Scott Graham
Co-Author & Director
Karl Hyde
Co-Author & Composer
Simon Stephens
Co-Author & Writer
Jon Bausor
Jon Clark
Lighting Designer
Matthew Herbert
Music Producer & Co-Composer
Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
Sound Designer
Eddie Kay
Nick Sidi
Anne McNulty CDG
Casting Director
Beth Allen
Vocal Coach
Kate Marlais
Music Assistant
Joseph Alessi
Luke Brown
Bryan Dick
Emun Elliott
Ryan Fletcher
Ankit Giri
Nick Holder
David Judge
Neil McCaul
Tachia Newell
Luke Rigg
Ferdy Roberts
Deka Walmsley

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Photo: © Manuel Harlan