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What mothers really think!

BY Sirmai Arts Marketing | 10-Apr-2014
A new show that shines light on the good, the bad and the ugly sides of motherhood, is set to premiere in Sydney in the lead-up to Mother’s Day. MOTHERS – showcasing the original work of two dozen Australian writers, actors and directors – is an honest tribute to the heroic efforts and sacrifices made by mothers of all ages.

Its nine main characters span the breadth of the maternal spectrum: a woman whose romantic dream is to be a mother; a teen who hadn't planned to be one; a new mum in her 40s; a motherless mother; a soon-to-be grandmother; a mourning mum; a struggling immigrant mum; a role-juggling mum; and a very different kind of mother – all have a story to tell. Together their sometimes funny, often moving or confronting tales blend to a whole that mums – and dads – of all ages will relate to.

MOTHERS is the brainchild of Sydney producer (and mum), Joy Roberts. When she put out the call for monologue submissions, she expected to receive a flurry of light-hearted, satirical scripts – what she didn't expect was the large number of stories exposing the darker side of motherhood – loneliness, hardship and exhaustion.

"In reading these deeply moving and brutally honest stories, I could see I had the rare and privileged opportunity to give mothers the chance to tell it how it really is," says Joy. "By portraying the light and shade of motherhood, we acknowledges the challenges of mums and provide audiences equally with moments of laughter and tears.

"These monologues are based on real experiences of real mothers. Even those writers that created a fictitious scene still drew on true life. It's this reality and honesty that makes the stories so engaging and sincere," said Joy.

The writers – Jane Cafarella, Chantal Harrison, Gillian Brennan, Julie Danilis, Kate Rotherham, Kate Toon, Kathryn Yuen, Michelle Wood, Neda, Vee Malnar, Serena Kirby and one male, Peter Shelley - represent a mix of published authors, experienced playwrights and mums with something to say... some, all three. And, while their stories and styles vary greatly, their poignancy and relevance are equally important. The cast features Alannah Robertson, Charlotte Connor, Clare Tamas, Feda Dabbagh, Lisa Hanssens, Lynda Leavers, Rowena McNicol, Shabnam Tavakol and Shayne Francis directed by Cheryl Pomering, Erin Gordon, Glen Pead, Kaye Lopez and Roberts herself.

The production raises funds for the Gidget Foundation which promotes awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression.

MOTHERS is produced by Improvising Change in association with the Mamapalooza festival and Sydney-based Actors Anonymous. It plays at the Roxbury Hotel, 182 St John's Rd, Glebe on Friday evenings 2nd & 9th May at 8pm, Saturday afternoons 3rd & 10th May at 2:30pm; plus a special Mother's Day finale at the TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst on Sunday 11th May at 5.30pm. The Sat 10th May show – the eve of Mother's Day – includes a post-show audience talkback and expert panel discussion including the artists. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 online www.moshtix.com.au For more information visit www.improvisingchange.com