Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Theatre /Fatherland

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Theatre /Fatherland

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WHAT'S the earliest memory you have of your father? It's a simple question that pours forth a torrent of emotion from the male characters of Fatherland, a powerful new piece of verbatim theatre by Stockport playwright Simon Stephens, Underworld musician Karl Hyde and Frantic Assembly artistic director Scott Graham.

Based on interviews with men in their home towns, including their own friends and family, the play explores the ties that bind us to people and places through real-life accounts of their relationships with their dads - and their experiences of becoming fathers themselves.

Simon's discomfort with the form is clear; he's previously spoken of verbatim theatre as 'fundamentally dishonest' by denying the presence of the interviewer. So we get to see him, Karl and Scott (played by Ferdy Roberts, Bryan Dick and Emun Elliott) on stage too as they ask the questions and are interrogated in turn by the twitchy, suspicious Luke (Ryan Fletcher), the first of their subjects, who acts as the conscience of the show. …

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