Fatherland Chorus Of Others

Join the Chorus Of Others
Be a part of Fatherland

Do you want to take part in an extraordinary theatre project?
Would you like to learn new skills from some of the country's most creative people?

If the answer is yes, and you're male aged 18+ from Greater Manchester then this is your invitation to join our Chorus Of Others, an integral part of Fatherland a new commission for MIF17.

You'll work with two of the show's co-creators Karl Hyde from Underworld and Scott Graham from Frantic Assembly and a vocal coach on a programme of new material before performing at the Royal Exchange Theatre throughout the Festival. You don't need to read music or have any previous singing experience just come along and let your voice be heard.

Interested? Sign up for an introductory workshop session on Sunday 30 April (workshops on Saturday 29 April are now full) where you'll meet the creative team, take part in some group vocal work and learn more about getting involved in the production.

Commissioned and produced by ManchesterInternational Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre, LyricHammersmith and LIFT.


You must be 18 at the time of the performances. If you are 17 at the time of attending the workshop but will turn 18 before the performances, you will still be considered.

If you are under 18 please see below for other opportunities to get involved.

Yes. Please state what your access needs are and how we can support you when you sign up to a workshop. All workshops, rehearsals and performances will take place in wheelchair accessible areas. If you have any specific questions or want to find out more please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

“Fatherland was inspired by the perception of inarticulacy in men, or rather that there was a barrier to the displaying and sharing of this articulacy. Is this a self perpetuating paralysis that is handed down from Father to son?

We have toured various towns in England and interviewed men to get behind this barrier and have heard the complexity and beauty of stories and histories that often sit hidden and subdued. At times angry, at times reflective, they were always eloquent and each betrayed a life wrestling with notions of Fatherhood whether themselves as fathers or just living under all the history and baggage left by their fathers.

We set out on this process thinking there were a lot of things that we would like to know. Fatherland is our way of sharing what we found out and exists as a rare insight into men’s relationships with their fathers and what that means for them and the future.

The Chorus of Others is an invitation for men to join us, find their voice and take part in an extraordinary theatre project. Just as we set out to look beyond the usual stories, we want to look beyond the usual voices. We want you to come along, regardless of your singing experience, and let your voice be heard.”

Scott Graham, Director Fatherland

If you are female please see below for other opportunities to get involved.

Yes it is an audition but you will not need to prepare anything in advance. It will take the form of a workshop. You will do some warm up and teamwork activities to see how you work with others. There will be some vocal work as part of a group.

If you’re selected, you’ll need to commit to:

  • One meet and greet event (evening in May)
  • Six rehearsals (mainly weekday evenings in May/June)
  • One technical rehearsal & one dress rehearsal (June)
  • Up to 14 performances (various dates, 1–22 July)
  • You will be required to make a commitment to all 6 rehearsals, tech and dress rehearsals and performances.

    There will be 2 groups and full details of both schedules will be provided at the workshops. You will be able to select the choir that best fits your availability for the rehearsals. If you miss rehearsals and this means are not ready for the performances we reserve the right to ask you to leave the project.

    We recognise things can happen that you cannot get out of and we will ensure there are enough members of the chorus to cover one or two people missing a performance. Please give us as much notice as possible if you cannot attend a performance.

    This is a voluntary project with no fee for rehearsals or performances.

    Reimbursement of travel receipts will be made up to maximum of £8 per participant. Light refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

    Email: Chorusofothers@mif.co.uk

    Call: 0161 817 4517

    The workshop forms a critical part of the process and is currently the only way of being considered to join the Chorus of Others. For those that cannot make these dates but are still very keen to get involved please email chorusofothers@mif.co.uk to register your interest and we will be back in touch should a further opportunity arise.

    Frantic Assembly

    Ignition: If you are male and aged between 16-20 take part in Ignition this autumn: https://www.franticignition.co.uk/

    Train: We deliver year round public workshops for young people, emerging and established artists https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/learn-train

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