Motherlogues is a verbatim piece made up of monologues which explore the theme of motherhood and the real-life experiences of being a mum. Interviews have been conducted with women across the local area to capture the experiences and feelings that many mothers have had, but have not been able to share. These interviews have then been used as a basis for each monologue and often recited word for word, giving authenticity and truth to each performance.
Honest and emotive, the subject of ‘Motherhood’ yields a rich debate and the show manages to explore the dynamics of female relationships, childbirth and pregnancy, and all of the arguments that surround it. Unpicking the feminist narrative further, Motherlogues tackles the debate around childless vs childfree, miscarriage and abortion and health issues, such as endometriosis and post-natal depression. Every type of mother is explored and given a voice – from single mothers to refugee mothers.
The production has been developed by Forked Theatre Company and has received rave reviews from both Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe – the show aims to give a new slant on Motherhood every single time that it is performed. Forked Theatre are eager to present as many different narratives as possible and continually put out call-outs for female contributors to provide their own stories.
Motherlogues is being performed at Sheffield’s fabulous Theatre Deli, as part of SheFest, Sheffield’s Fringe Festival which celebrates International Women’s Day. Forked Theatre’s strong female cast will work together on the monologues in the week leading up to the show before delivering them on the night in their raw, unfiltered and truthful form.
Motherlogues has a great reputation for being a wonderful arrangement of humorous, heart-tugging, wistful, but above all candid stories that appeal to anyone who knows a mother, is a mother, had a mother, has a mother or is turning into their mother.