Welcome back to The Whale Theatre! After a long interval of almost 6 months, we’re thrilled to be back for the “Second Act” and we can’t wait to see you all again! Things will be a bit different, so please read our “Second Act Charter” in full before booking your tickets and check it again before attending a show.
This is a socially distanced performance which adheres to current Covid-19 guidelines. There will be a maximum of 40 tickets available and new policies and procedures will be in place at the theatre. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
BEST NEW PLAY (Nomination – Brighton Fringe)
“MUST SEE SHOW’ (Simon Jenner, Fringe Review)
***** AUDIENCE REVIEWS
Laugh-out-loud funny, contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy but from Mam’s point of view!
“How did I end up here?”
In this hilarious, bittersweet one woman show Pauline O’Driscoll takes us on a roller coaster ride through the highs & lows of motherhood from giving birth and gaining the title of Mam through all the ensuing ages of a Mam’s life.
Has motherhood changed across the generations?
Do all parents dread homework?
Do cabbage leaves work?
How do we keep our own identity while being responsible for shaping the identities of our children?
“Wondrously inventive, light-seeming yet plangent exploration of motherhood, grief, lust, heartbreak and joy…O’Driscoll can call down the angels in a light high tessitura – a whisper away from silence, and she can on occasion roar like a banshee. What O’Driscoll is master of is pause and sudden tangent. The surprise monologue, the hilariously detailed aside, the squirm of embarrassment, and the language of love and forgiveness and letting go. What O’Driscoll brings even more than the humour is the sudden abiding grief. And what she gets more than grief, is life-affirming humour, and what she gets most is utter exhaustion…. No she’s of a piece. This is consummately acted, wholly believable, the most original riff on the Seven Ages I’ve seen and so beautifully subsumed you might not notice it at all.” – Simon Jenner, Fringe Review
Belly laughed ….Staggeringly brilliant …..Hugely entertaining …..Highly recommended ..Everyone can relate..” – Audience Reviews
Written by Mark Evans & Pauline O’Driscoll
Performed by Pauline O’Driscoll
Directed by Tom Kibbe