The Actors Centre is delighted to announce its Motherhood(s) season — the final instalment of its 2019 John Thaw Initiative. Featuring thirteen new shows from established and emerging artists, Motherhood(s) presents a collection of diverse experiences which challenge and repudiate singular definitions of motherhood.
Created as a direct response to essential global conversations around women’s reproductive rights, this season of work engages with the boundless contemporary iterations of motherhood to reveal personal, subjective and nuanced portraits.
Speaking about Motherhood(s), Theatre Programme Coordinator Will Mytum said: “We received an overwhelming response to our curatorial call-out, which speaks to the saliency of this issue. At The Actors Centre, we wanted to mount a season of work that challenges solidified stereotypes to create a space in which artists could expunge an oppressive and often heteropatriarchal view of motherhood, to tell their stories through the lens of their own experiences.
“What the season represents is an important platform to break down binaries and showcase that there is no overarching definition of motherhood.”
The season includes works that grapple with the preconceptions and challenges of modern motherhood such as Sophia Miller de Vega’s Love, Mum(s) and Hannah Ballou’s Shhh, alongside pieces which interrogate societal preconceptions of childless women in Alexandra Donnachie’s twenty-eight.
Passion, repression and obsession are all depicted in Freya Alderson’s Baby Mine — which will open the season — while Hannah Fox’s The Rose Garden examines the possibilities of solidarity in the face of unimaginable grief. Mary Stewart-David offers an irreverent musical look into The Earth 2.0 through the eyes of Eve in Her Way, and parental expectation and legacy are explored in Mark Norfolk’s What A’Fe You.
The thirteen shows in the Motherhoods(s) season will be presented as work-in-progress pieces in The Actors Centre’s John Thaw Studio and all speak to the essence of the season. In turn, each show will disentangle and demythologise commonly held myths that have historically conflated womanhood and motherhood for centuries.
Motherhood(s) runs from 3 October – 21 December 2019 and more information on each of the shows, as well as booking links can be found here.
For more information, contact Jamie Tuohy, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Actors Centre: [email protected]
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