The cast for Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens’ new production Fatherland has today been announced. The world premiere of this intensely physical production will be performed by a 13-strong cast, transforming the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, from 1st July. A new trailer is also now available, featuring the exclusive first excerpt of one of Fatherland’s songs written by Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert .

Trailer can be viewed below.

With rehearsals starting next week, the full cast for Fatherland is Joseph Alessi, Luke Brown, Matt Cross, Bryan Dick, Emun Elliott, Ankit Giri, Nick Holder, David Judge, Neil McCaul, Tachia Newell, Ferdy Roberts, Luke Rigg and Deka Walmsley. Each night the cast will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of Mancunian voices, formed as part of Fatherland.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the three co-authors’ hometowns across England, Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity. In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland is a show about what we were, who we are and what we try to be.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.


Joseph Alessi Alan
Luke Brown Martin
Matt Cross Luke
Bryan Dick Karl
Emun Elliott Scott
Ankit Giri Samir
Nick Holder Mel
David Judge Daniel
Neil McCaul Graham
Tachia Newell Craig
Luke Rigg Jack
Ferdy Roberts Simon
Deka Walmsley Stephen

Creative Team

Scott Graham Co-Author & Director
Karl Hyde Co-Author & Composer
Simon Stephens Co-Author & Writer
Matthew Herbert Music Producer & Co-Composer
Jon Bausor Designer
Jon Clark Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson Sound Designer
for Autograph Sound
Eddie Kay Choreographer
Anne McNulty CDG Casting Director
Nick Sidi Dramaturg

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