The SLOM Collective and the Theatre Centre present a play by Hannah Moscovitch, Ann-Marie Kerr and Maev Beaty. A playwright writes an expose of modern motherhood one of her oldest friends, an actress, tells this story, and through it, her own motherhood secrets start to surface. Previews from Oct 20, opens Oct 25 and runs to Nov 11, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $17-$30.
Secret Life Of A Mother is basically a series of monologues that vividly recall collaborators Beaty and Moscovitchs miscarriages, labours and births, with Beaty superb as always drifting between the two characters. The core of the play expresses the performers fears that they will make terrible mothers. Beaty expertly journeys from terror to anger to joy. But the play has problems. Beaty carries a script, supposedly to give the work a feeling of transparency, but it feels like an obvious device. A central theme is the power of Beaty and Moscovitchs friendship, so why do they never appear onstage together? As becomes obvious in the end, its not because it was always intended as a solo piece. And why solve the plays central issue the panic over bad mothering in a single paragraph? The work is fuelled by raw emotion and terror, but it is also very funny. It has a moving turn from Beaty but, clocking in at a brisk 70 minutes, it feels closer to an extended stand-up act than a finished play.
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Location - Theatre Centre