A South Asian man in a white shirt holds his young son in his arms


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

Creative team:

  • Writer, choreographer and performer – Shane Shambhu
  • Dramaturg – Amit Sharma

This is a new, solo piece in development – more details will be available shortly. A short preview features as part of China Plate Theatre’s First Bite festival: https://chinaplatetheatre.com/whats-on/current/first-bite-festival-2021/ 

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.