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What's On > In the Motherhood

Hat Factory Arts Centre

Tuesday 21st February, 2017   14:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 21st February, 2017   19:30 - 20:30
Cost: 10 / 8 concessions
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100

Outer Circle Arts presents

A new play about the world of competitive parenting where the PTA doesn't just let anyone in - you have to earn the right to join the committee.

Nita and Bonnie run the PTA in their charming village with brutal efficiency. Their enterprising and sometimes shocking approach to fundraising exploits the deep frustrations and struggles of being a mum, with highly lucrative results.

Into this world of competitive parenting drops Jacs, a savvy city type who’s looking to make an impression. But this PTA doesn’t let just anyone in - you have to earn the right to join the committee.

Does Jacs have what it takes to assume her place in the parental pecking order or will feathers fly?

In The Motherhood is a new play by Hayley Pepler, begun when she was a participant on the Birmingham Rep’s Write Away scheme for emerging playwrights in 2013 and developed into a full length play in 2015. The original production was first shown at The DOOR at The Rep on 3rd and 4th November 2015.

With its three truthfully drawn characters and all too familiar scenarios, In the Motherhood presents a sharply accurate representation of the perils of modern parenting. The first day of term, report day, Christmas fayre, end of term play and sports day are the settings of the small but significant dramas that unfold over the course of a school year.

Despite its sharp wit and sometimes blunt honesty, In the Motherhood has a positive message at its heart. It does not seek to judge mothers, but instead explores the external pressures and self-imposed standards put upon them. Its characters celebrate motherhood in all its messy glory, offering support and encouragement to each other, albeit using sometimes unorthodox methods.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Sir Barry Jackson Trust

Age guidance 14+

Please note: There is a relaxed performance for new parents with children aged 0-18months at 2pm. This is unsuitable for toddlers and older children due to strong language.

Customer notice: Latecomers will not be admitted. 


“What a great night! This play had me giggling in recognition of the mums’ complaints about motherhood. It was a packed house, mostly full of women who knew What Motherhood Means and guffawed at the in-jokes about PTA stands. A thoroughly enjoyable night out.”  Mumsnet

“All the actors have children of their own and with the flawless direction of Tom Saunders, it is a show for everyone. With the help of the cast, Pepler celebrates motherhood and lets mums of all backgrounds know that they have the most challenging job there is, and we are thankful for it.” Behind the Arras

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