“A moving search for identity”

Jacob Wants His Grandad follows the real story of Jacob’s 5 year, worldwide manhunt for his long-lost Grandfather. 

Before Jacob was born, his Grandfather was gone. He left the UK on business, and sent a letter to the family saying he wasn’t coming back. Now, Jacob is on a mission to discover who this missing man is and why he left. Watch as Jacob uncovers where he’s been hiding, why he left and why he’s never come back. Follow along as we travel from the UK to Brazil, from Brazil to Australia and from Australia back to the UK again: all stops on Jacob’s solo voyage towards the truth behind his mirky family history. 

This is a story of true determination, of striving for answers when no one wants to give them. It’s the story of family, of connecting with ancestry, and of learning how to balance everyday life with a greater mission. It’s also the story of coping with rejection in it’s most painful form. But most importantly, Jacob Wants His Grandad is 60 minutes of exciting, unadulterated entertainment. You can guarantee you’ve never seen a show quite like it. 

Audience feedback so far includes… 

“So warm and charming”

“A perfectly navigated story”

“Beautiful and really well crafted”


Tomas Howells - Rehearsal Director & Dramaturg

Craig Gilbert & Nottingham Playhouse - Producers

Jacob Wants His Grandad has been commissioned by The Nottingham Playhouse as part of their Creative Associate programme, and has been in development since February 2022. After a successful sharing at The Pleasance Theatre in Ilsington, the show comes to the Theatre Deli as part of their SHIFT+SPACE festival, before arriving at the Nottingham Playhouse later this year. 

Interval: This performance does not have an interval.

Post show discussion: 

Content warning:

This show contains mild xenophobia and racism directed towards the performer.

Find out more about Jacob Seelochan

Jacob is a Creative Associate at The Nottingham Playhouse, and as such is currently making his first solo-show. Alongside this, Jacob has worked as an actor and writer on projects for Netflix, the National Theatre and the BFI. His first self-produced short film, A Casting Room, explored the complexities of being a mixed race actor, and was a finalist at Pinewood Studios' Lift-Off Festival 2020.

Instagram: @jacobseelochan

Twitter: @jacobseelochan

Youtube: Jacob Seelochan


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