Writer, choreographer and performer – Shane Shambhu
Dramaturgy – Amit Sharma and Anna Himali Howard
Creative consultancy: Rinkoo Barpaga
Sound design: Gerry Smith
Lighting design: James Mackenzie
Projection design: Mark Morreau
Research: Arzhang Pezhman
Additional voices: Alex Kapila and Sophie Lynch
Costume advisor: Kay Wilton
Object manipulation: Michael Crouch
Producer: SJ Watkinson
Assistant Producer: Vinitaraj Aulak
Being a father in the 21st century is complicated. Being the father of a young son of mixed South Indian, Turkish & Austrian heritage, even more so.
Three very different stories of being and having a dad are brought together with humour and sensitivity, through physical theatre and multilingual text.
Centred around everyday, relatable experiences, this original new work explores fatherhood across generations from the 1960s to the present day.
Fatherhood features a deaf character who uses BSL as well as his own home language, a version of sign language that individual families and communities develop, often where deaf and hearing people need to communicate. The show also features several different spoken languages, Turkish, Malayalam, Tamil and German.
Every performance of Fatherhood includes creative, integrated captions. These will translate spoken and signed languages as well as describe sounds for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. The sound design also reflects the experience of sound by the deaf character.
Tour dates 2022
27th October – FABRIC at the Patrick Studio, Birmingham
3rd November – The Dukes, Lancaster
11th November – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – also available as a livestream
Tour dates 2023
28th January – The Curve, Slough
2nd February – Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham
4th February – Lighthouse, Poole
8th February – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
10th February – Derby Theatre
11th February – The Core at Corby Cube
16th February – Kala Sangam, Bradford – also with baby friendly matinée
17th February – Harrogate Theatre
25th February – Luton Hat Factory
2nd March – Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent
9th March – LPAC (Lincoln Performing Arts Centre)
15th March – Riverhead Theatre, Louth
30th March – Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
Contains some strong language and references to physical violence
Making the show
In March 2020, Altered Skin was in the middle of a UK tour of its popular show Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer and preparing for a tour of India with development of a new ensemble piece well under way. Then the Covid pandemic happened and Creative Director Shane Shambhu found himself locked down in Austria for more than six months, going from busy artist to full time dad overnight.
However, Shane and Producer Sarah-Jane kept working over Zoom, slowly building on Shane’s idea for a new show which eventually became what you’re seeing today:
“When I became a dad, the focus of my life completely shifted. I had to embrace a new identity with a different outlook and priorities from my former self. I found myself reflecting on my relationship with my own dad, and how being a father and our approaches to fathering were in some respects completely different, but in others, exactly the same. I want to celebrate this fundamental relationship in all its forms.”
Fatherhood is supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and DanceXchange