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