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    Who Killed My Father

    Tue 28 Nov - Sat 2 Dec at 7pm
    Tickets £8 - £15
    Based on the book by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein. An intimate declaration of love from son to father and a defiant call for social justice. ★★★★ - The Stage
    Content Notice
    Running Time 60 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeContains distressing or potentially triggering themes, strong language/swearing. Our performer enacts a scene of domestic violence, using strong language/ swearing, and at times throughout the whole performance, plays characters who use homophobic language.

    Following their recent tour of Scotland and run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh-based touring theatre company surrogate productions’ presents Who Killed My Father, based on the book by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein, and adapted and directed by Nora Wardell. 

    Growing up gay in a small town in France, Édouard endured the violence and homophobia of his alcoholic, right-wing father, a factory worker.

    In 2000, his father suffered an accident in the workplace which left him bed-bound and on morphine for the pain. Now, Édouard confronts his father, uncovering a startling connection between political decisions and his father’s broken body.

    Édouard’s anger transforms to compassion as his father’s capacity for violence appears to be the product of years of social brutality. Louis sets about rewriting the recent social and political history of France, exposing how the consequences of neo-liberal ‘reforms’ inflicted on the lives of workers are lived out in their own bodies.


    • Set & Costume Co-Designers: Hazel Low & Blythe Brett
    • Lighting Designer: Joshua Gadsby
    • Sound Designer and Composer: XANA
    • Dramaturg: Matthew Evans
    • Édouard: Michael Marcus
    • Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland / QUI A TUÉ MON PÈRE Copyright ã 2018, Édouard Louis All rights reserved WHO KILLED MY FATHER, by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein, copyright © 2018 by Édouard Louis, translation copyright © 2019 by Lorin Stein. Translation used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.
    "Confronts the role of rampant class inequality."
    The Scotsman
    "Powerful staging of Édouard Louis’ devastating third book ... [with] an honest, engaging solo performance."
    The Stage

    "Our children live in the most deprived ward in London and their parents cannot afford to pay for the classes and activities many more privileged children enjoy after school and at the weekends. A free-to-access youth group run by a local theatre in a professional setting is an incredible opportunity."

    Local school teacher