29 June – 16 July 2017

Fatherland

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 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.

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Artist talk:

Karl Hyde is in conversation with the Manchester Street Poem team at 2pm Saturday July 8 at The Stoller Hall. Tickets are £5 via Interdependence or call 0843 208 1840.


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

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