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. Bringing together physical theatre rooted in the Indian performing artform Bharatanatyam and multilingual spoken text and sign languages, Fatherhood explores the cultural & gender expectations on fathers and what it means to be responsible for a child navigating an increasingly complex world.

Drawing from personal experience with contributions from participants from differing cultural backgrounds, the piece also explores how the migrant experience has influenced fathers and fathering across different generations.

The piece features three characters, each reflecting different experiences of fatherhood in their own individual performance language to create three interconnected narratives leading to a highly dynamic and original work.

All performances include integral captions.

Fatherhood is supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and DanceXchange


Creative team:

  • Writer, choreographer and performer – Shane Shambhu
  • Dramaturg – Amit Sharma
  • Creative consultancy: Rinkoo Barpaga
  • Sound design: Gerry Smith
  • Videographer: Mark Morreau
  • Community research: Deniz Sözen
  • Producer: SJ Watkinson
  • Assistant Producer: Vinny Aulak

This is a new, solo piece that will be touring in autumn 2022 and spring 2023 – more details will be available shortly.

We’re looking for people from differing migrant backgrounds & generations to share their lived experience of fatherhood for our new show #Fatherhood. If you’d like to contribute or to find our more, please get in touch: info@alteredskin.org

Altered Skin is led by director & award-winning choreographer, Shane Shambhu. Initially trained in the classical Indian dance form bharatanatyam, he expanded his practice into physical & text based theatre, integrating movement & spoken word in an exciting and accessible new theatrical vocabulary. Altered Skin’s unique brand of Indian dance inspired physical theatre laced with humour merges artforms and cultures from global perspectives, initiating new thinking around narratives of intercultural identity.