29 June – 16 July 2017


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

Songs and stories from a forgotten England

World premiere

Fatherland is 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 will transform the Royal Exchange Theatre, animated by a 13-strong cast and a multitude of voices.

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

Tender and tough, honest and true, Fatherland is a vital and necessary show about what we were, who we are and what we’d like to become.


Scott Graham
Co-Author & Director
Karl Hyde
Co-Author & Composer
Simon Stephens
Co-Author & Writer
Jon Bausor
Matthew Herbert
Music Producer & Co-Composer
Jon Clark
Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
Sound Designer
Eddie Kay
Anne McNulty CDG
Casting Director
Nick Sidi

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

Photo: © Perou