Who Killed My Father

surrogate productions Based on the book by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein, and adapted and directed for stage by Nora Wardell
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Following a sell-out debut, theatre company surrogate returns with Who Killed My Father.

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.

Who Killed My Father is an intimate declaration of love from son to father and a defiant call for social justice.

BSL interpreted on Fri 12 May by Rachel Amey.

The performance on Fri 12 May will also feature a post-show discussion.

Who Killed My Father is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Emily Macinnes

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.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.


★★★★Powerful staging of Édouard Louis’ devastating third book … an honest, engaging solo performance.’ - The Stage

★★★★Confronts the role of rampant class inequality.' - The Scotsman

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  • Adaptor and DirectorNora Wardell
  • Set and Costume Co-DesignersBlythe Brett and Hazel Low
  • Lighting DesignerJoshua Gadsby
  • Sound Designer and ComposerXANA
  • DramaturgMatthew Evans

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BSL interpreted on Fri 12 May by Rachel Amey.