Father Figurine presents a timely "message of hope" in response to the rising numbers of young men dealing with mental health issues.

This emotive yet uplifting new work uses a mix of spoken word poetry and hip hop dance to explore the fractured relationship between a father and son. Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing they can’t express their feelings?

Current figures show that 75% of mental illnesses start by 18. Father Figurine questions the stigmas around the mental health of men and boys to find new ways to discuss the fragility and vulnerability that exists within all of us.

Body Politic are a hip hop theatre company who are committed to addressing the growing prevalence of mental health issues in young people. Their work isn’t just about raising awareness. It’s a fight to keep mental healthcare at the tip of our tongues and affect real change. Continuous change.

Age Guidance: 11+

Culture for a fiver

£5 for ages 25 and under, including organised school and FE college groups
Note: the Group Discount price does not apply to this offer


"It deals with themes and ideas not often brought centre stage and explores the vulnerability of men today through a complex movement language combining dance theatre and hip-hop" - Morning Star

"...a profoundly visceral reflection of the damage wrought by suppressed emotions and masculine silence" - Siobhan Murphy

"I was blown away at how powerful the work is. The spoken word, choreography, and performance are so strong" - Emily Winfield, Tavaziva Dance Company


  • Friday, September 20, 2019

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

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