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Created by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens


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.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT.



Image Credit: Manuel Harlan

Co-written by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens

Directed by Scott Graham

With Joe Alessi, Luke Brown, Bryan Dick, Emun Elliott, Ryan Fletcher, Ankit Giri, Nick Holder, David Judge, Neil McCaul, Tachia Newall, Luke Rigg, Ferdy Roberts, Deka Walmsley

Designer and Lighting Designer – Jon Bausor

Composer – Karl Hyde

Co-Composer and Music Producer – Matthew Herbert

Sound Designer – Ian Dickinson 

Vocal Coach – Beth Allen

Choreographer – Eddie Kay

Dramaturg –  Nick Sidi

Casting Director – Anne McNulty

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