American Man, 2016

American Man, 2016 Performance

“Poignant and Potent”
The Guardian

“Bleakly funny…. Original”
The Observer

“Cleverly Engaging”
Evening Standard

American Man premiered at Sadler’s Wells, London on 24 & 25 November 2016.

Playing provocatively with race, gender and identity, American Man imagines a not-too-distant-future where celebrity power has reached new heights and political correctness has been abandoned. A future where Barack Obama’s post-Presidential role is CEO of Apple, and Stephen Hawking is voicing Disney characters. Combining seamless vocal and physical impersonations with his characteristic wit and humour, Hetain Patel presents a dystopian outlook on a world where personal freedom walks hand in hand with guilt.

Creative Team
Performance and writing: Hetain Patel
Co-writer: Alan Morrissey
Dramaturgy: Michael Pinchbeck, Eva Martinez
Choreographic Associate: Lorena Randi
Light design: Jackie Schemesh
Sound design: Alberto Ruiz
Costume: Holly Waddington
Sign Language consultant: Louise Stern
ASL Interpreter: Helsa Borinstein
Production manager: Austin Lawler
Producer/Manager: Gwen Van Spijk

American Man, 2016

Artwork Details

  • Medium

    Live performance

  • Duration

    60 Minutes, no interval

  • Year



  • Performance and writing

    Hetain Patel

  • Co-Writer

    Alan Morrissey

  • Dramaturgy

    Michael Pinchbeck, Eva Martinez

  • Choreographer

    Lorena Randi

  • Light Design

    Jackie Schemesh

  • Sound Design

    Alberto Ruiz

  • Costume

    Holly Waddington

  • Sign Language Consultant

    Louise Stern

  • ASL Interpreter

    Helsa Borinstein

  • Production Manager

    Austin Lawler

  • Producer/Manager

    Gwen Van Spijk

  • Comissioned by

    Sadler's Wells