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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


London (LIFT Festival)
Fri 25 May, 2018 -
Sat 23 June, 2018
Lyric Hammersmith

The use of movement and song turns material into something genuinely moving and at time euphoric

The Stage

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

Jon Bausor Designer and Lighting Designer

Karl Hyde Composer

Matthew Herbert Co-Composer and Music Producer

Ian Dickinson Sound Designer

Beth Allen Vocal Coach

Eddie Kay Choreographer

Nick Sidi Dramaturg   

Anne McNulty Casting Director

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