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Altered Skin presents Fatherhood

27 Oct 2022 to 28 Oct 2022


60 minutes

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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.

“Brilliant, hilarious, heartwarming and inspirational” 

✭✭✭✭✭ British Theatre Guide 


“A great storyteller, a mercurial trickster with an exuberant love of life” 

✭✭✭✭ Voice Mag


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

Creative team 

Conceived and created by 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: Vinitaraj Aulak

Key Information

All performances include integral captions.

60 minutes
Full Price: £12, Concession: £10, Under 25: £5
Suitable For

Patrick Studio

The Patrick Studio is located within the Birmingham Hippodrome with a generous gift from The Patrick Trust. An adaptable studio theatre seating just over 200 people, it is fully accessible with air-conditioning and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

The Patrick Studio is home to DanceXchange, one of Birmingham Hippodrome’s partner organisations, and a national centre of excellence for dance. The Patrick Studio is used for research, rehearsing and creating new work, professional development, education and performance.