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, multilingual spoken text and sign languages, this dynamic and original new work explores the complexities of fatherhood across generations with humour and sensitivity.

Centred around Shane’s everyday, relatable experiences, it follows the lives and journeys of three very different characters, each representing different aspects of fatherhood and reflecting migrant stories from India, Singapore and Turkey, from the 1960s to the present day.

All performances include integral captions.

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

Creative team

Conceived and created by Shane Shambhu

Dramaturgy: Amit Sharma and Anna Himali Howard

Creative consultancy: Rinkoo Barpaga

Sound design: Gerry Smith

Projection design: Mark Morreau

Researcher: Arzhang Pehzman

Producer: SJ Watkinson

Assistant Producer: Vinitaraj Aulak

Tour dates 2024

7th March Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke

9th March Barnsley Civic

12th March Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk

14th March Bridport Arts Centre

16th March Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

21st – 23rd March Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Image credit – Graeme Braidwood