SATURDAY 17TH JULY
Part of the New Work Showcase
£10 (£8 with class pass)
Inside each forest is a complex network of trees, intricately linked by a connective tissue to each other and to one life giving tree. The oldest and the strongest, the one with the most potent power,
The Mother Tree.
Pumping her sap through the root system to heal and protect her seedlings. A mysterious powerful entity that nurtures her kin and sustains her forest. She breaks, they all break.
Mother Tree is a 65 minute solo show about motherhood, survival, love. A highly physical piece combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word about the eco-system created behind closed doors and what the forest can teach us about ourselves. It’s about women and the struggles, guilt, and difficult maternal mental health patterns that motherhood comes with alongside its hilarious and fantastical moments.
The stage is a mess, just like the family home. There is an ever reaching pile of laundry spanning floor to ceiling and toys for all imaginable circumstances. Woven across the floor, reaching it’s tendrils into each inhabitable human space, is a tree root system. A symbol of our symbiosis with the forest, nature entering and thriving underneath every footprint. Out of the roots rises an aerial silk, taking the theatre from horizontal to vertical space. The piece is touching and intimate and yet universal.
Relishing the beautiful responsibilities of parenthood whilst laughing at the ridiculous, Mother Tree discovers how we are just like the oldest hub trees in the forest, suckling the young, passing nutrients and warning signals, sustaining those in need and creating a village. Mother Tree has deep spiritual undertones, exploring nature as deity, motherhood as life giving and how we as mothers are in fact, more interconnected with nature than we have ever realised before. The piece finds connection between the amazing cooperation, memory, healing and wisdom of the Mother Trees and our own incredible journey through motherhood.
THIS SHOW IS PART OF THE NEW WORK SHOWCASE
THIS EVENT IS ACCESSIBLE ONLINE VIA 360 LIVE STREAMING, AND HAS BSL INTERPRETATION