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Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Popcorn Group are delighted to announce MUM an urgent new play by Olivier award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe/ West End), directed by Abigail Graham (The Tyler Sisters, Hampstead Theatre; soon to direct Aladdin at Lyric Hammersmith). MUM will run at Soho Theatre from 20 October – 20 November following a run at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Press Night will take place at Soho Theatre on 26 October. Casting will be announced in due course.
This unmissable new play is a collaboration between Francesca Moody Productions, original producer of Fleabag and the Olivier award-winning Baby Reindeer, and writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm whose hit show Emilia won three Olivier Awards in 2020.
All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done?
Nina is a new mum and tonight is her first night off. Tonight is about pizza and wine and letting go. But Nina didn’t feel prepared for motherhood and isn’t sure she fits the job description. Nina feels like she’s losing her grip.
Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it – can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will you sleep again?What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done?
This thought-provoking, funny and honest new play shines a light on early motherhood, anxiety and mental health. MUM examines the pressures, neuroses and complex emotions many women experience when they have a baby. At a time when mothers have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, never has it been more pertinent to explore these issues.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm said:
‘I wrote this play to understand my own experiences post birth. I wanted to explore the anxieties and fears that can emerge in those early months when you are sleep deprived, overwhelmed and struggling. I also wanted to write something that would say to other new parents ‘you aren’t the only one’ but that also delivered some hope. It’s certainly a bit of a rollercoaster terror ride but it’s also testament to the love of a new mum and what we are capable of. I hope it continues the conversations already happening around postnatal care and parental mental health.’
Abigail Graham said:
‘MUM gets right to the heart of what it feels like to be a new mother. I became a Mum this year, and I can see my own experience reflected in our protagonist Nina’s story. It’s a real privilege to bring that to life and offer audiences the opportunity to empathise with early motherhood. MUM will be an intensely theatrical experience- it’s a form defying rollercoaster of a play. I’m looking forward to being in rehearsals with our first class team of women and non-binary people and working in a way, which is sustainable for everyone involved.’
Francesca Moody Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Soho Theatre and Popcorn Group said:
‘We are delighted to be co-producing Morgan’s thrilling psychological drama. At a time when so many have been isolated during the pandemic, including new parents, this play feels even more urgent. Morgan is a writer of singular talent and an important voice for change in our sector, we are proud to be working with her and a team of entirely female and non-binary creatives, many of whom are young parents themselves. After such a challenging time for everyone in the theatre sector, this co-production is an exciting partnership between our organisations, each independently committed to presenting bold and brave new writing and we are so pleased to be able to come together to share MUM with audiences in Plymouth and London.’
MUM is written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, directed by Abigail Graham, the associate director is TD Moyo, set and costume is designed by Sarah Beaton, lighting by Sally Ferguson, sound by Anna Clock and movement by Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster.
For further information please contact
Laura@aboutgracepr.com / Chloe@aboutgracepr.com
Age guidance 14+
Running Time: 75 minutes
21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE
20 October – 20 November 2021
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm.
Previews: Wednesday 20 October & Thursday 21 October.
3pm Matinees: Thursday 28 October, Saturday 30 October, Thursday 4 November, Thursday 11 November, Saturday 13 November, Saturday 20 November
Previews: Wednesday 20 October & Thursday 21 October.
Captioned Performance: 10 November 7.30pm
Tickets: from £11
Box office: 020 7478 0100
Press Night: Tuesday 26 October 7.30pm
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Francesca Moody Productions
Writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director Abigail Graham
Set and Costume Sarah Beaton
Lighting Sally Ferguson
Sound Anna Clock
Movement Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster
Associate Director TD Moyo
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Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we have re- launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of FLEABAG and recently released the critically acclaimed TYPICAL. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2021-22).
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre
MORGAN LLOYD MALCOLM – Playwright
Morgan is a playwright and screenwriter.
Morgan was commissioned by The Globe to write Emilia, which became a hit show in summer 2018 before transferring to the West End in 2019. In 2020 Emilia won 3 Olivier awards including best entertainment and comedy play.
Morgan’s previous plays include Belongings (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios/West End) and The Wasp, (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios/West End).
Morgan has also co-written several acclaimed immersive site-specific plays with Katie Lyons, produced by Look Left Look Right, including You Once Said Yes, Above and Beyond and Once Upon a Christmas. She was part of the writing team for four of the Lyric Hammersmith’s pantomimes from 2009-2012 and wrote (solo) the Bolton Octagon’s Christmas plays for 2013 and 2014.
She is currently developing a project with Gaumont and Moonage for TV and writing two episodes of a comedy drama for Merman Films. She is also under commission to adapt both Emilia and The Wasp as feature films.
ABIGAIL GRAHAM – Director
Abigail is a freelance Director and Educator.
She is the current Director of The Bush Theatre’s Neighbourhood Company and was the Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Ensemble 2019-2020. From 2013-2017 she was the founding Artistic Director of OpenWorks Theatre, an organisation dedicated to changing who goes to the theatre by changing who makes it.
Future work includes: Aladdin by Vikki Stone (Lyric Hammersmith).
Theatre work as a Director includes: Earthquakes in London (Guildhall); The Tyler Sisters (Hampstead); Linda (RADA); 31 Hours (The Bunker); Dogville (Rose Bruford) Death of a Salesman (Royal and Derngate/UK Tour); And Now: The World! (OpenWorks, UK tour); Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Debris (OpenWorks, Southwark Playhouse); Molly Sweeney (Print Room/Lyric Belfast/Northern Ireland tour); Blue Heaven (Finborough) and The Boy and The Dog Who Walked to the Moon (Pleasance, Edinburgh).
Abigail has directed community and education projects for The Young Vic (Maria Theatre and Maudsley Hospital), National Youth Theatre, Clean Break and Almeida, and has worked as a Mentor Director for National Theatre Connections since 2015. She has also been a guest speaker for The Arvon Foundation.
Theatre work as an Associate Director includes Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Death and the Maiden (West End), Ruined (Almeida), The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), Enron, Wallenstein, Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Work as a film director: Timetable (Anderson Shelter Productions) Abigail is on the board of Stage Directors UK and Attic Theatre.
FRANCESCA MOODY PRODUCTIONS
Francesca Moody Productions commissions, develops and presents brave, entertaining and compelling new theatre. They work with the UK’s leading playwrights and discover and nurture new talent to produce bold, award-winning shows with universal appeal and commercial potential.
Since launching in 2018 the company has been awarded an Olivier, three Scotsman Fringe First’s and produced work in London, New York, on tour across the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival. FMP’s most recent production, BABY REINDEER by Richard Gadd was the Bush Theatre’s fastest selling show in history and was due to transfer to the West-End in 2020 in co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions.
In 2020 FMP conceived and produced SHEDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL an online live- streamed festival of theatre, comedy and music in lieu of the Edinburgh Fringe, selling over 4500 tickets and raising over £30,000 towards a fund to support the next generation of artists to make it to the Fringe in 2021.
FMP is led by Francesca Moody who is best known as the original producer of the multi-award-winning FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which she has produced globally on behalf of DryWrite, most recently in London’s West-End at the Wyndhams Theatre when it was also recorded and broadcast by NT Live, playing in cinemas throughout the world. In 2020, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Francesca led and coordinated the Fleabag for Charity campaign, streaming FLEABAG NT live on Amazon and Soho Theatre on Demand, raising over £1,000,000 for charities supporting those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Following this, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman, Francesca established the Theatre Community Fund, raising a further £1,000,000 to support theatrical artists and professionals whose livelihoods and creative futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19.
Francesca is also the former Producer of British New-Writing theatre company Paines Plough where she produced plays by the UK’s leading playwrights including Dennis Kelly, Duncan Macmillan and Kae Tempest.
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH
Theatre Royal Plymouth is the principal home of performing arts in the South West, inspiring a lifetime of creativity for audiences, artists and participants throughout Plymouth, the wider region and beyond. We engage and inspire many communities, shaping memorable experiences for people from all backgrounds. We do this by creating and presenting a breadth of shows on the small and large scale, with our sector-leading creative engagement programmes, embracing the vitality of new talent and supporting emerging and established artists, and by collaborating with a range of partners we provide dynamic cultural leadership for the city of Plymouth.
Recent productions and co-productions include I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott (with Frantic Assembly), Amsterdam by Maya Arad Yasur (with Actors Touring Company and Orange Tree Theatre), The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (with Told By An Idiot), God Of Chaos by Phil Porter, The Kneebone Cadillac by Carl Grose, You Stupid Darkness! by Sam Steiner (with Paines Plough), The Unreturning by Anna Jordan (with Frantic Assembly) and One Under by Winsome Pinnock (with Graeae).
Theatre Royal Plymouth specialises in the production of new plays alongside the presentation of a broad range of theatre – including world class classic and contemporary drama, musicals, opera, ballet and dance in their three performance spaces – The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab. TRP has a strong track record of presenting and producing international work from companies and artists including partnering with Ontroerend Goed, Big In Belgium at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Robert Lepage and the late Yukio Ninagawa. In March 2019 TRP unveiled Messenger, the UK’s largest lost wax bronze sculpture created by the artist Joseph Hillier.
Popcorn Group is run by Charlotte Colbert and Jessica Malik. It develops and produces innovative and provoking content across film, TV, and theatre.
In 2018, the Popcorn Group launched with the viral sensation “Leading Lady Parts” for the BBC starring Emilia Clarke, Gemma Arterton, Gemma Chan, Catherine Tate, Felicity Jones and Tom Hiddleston, which has amassed over 50 million views.
The company is in post-production on “She Will”, a feature film starring Alice Krige, Kota Eberhardt, Malcolm McDowell and Rupert Everett.
Popcorn’s second feature film production, “Dali Land” has just wrapped principal photography and is directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) starring Sir Ben Kingsley in the iconic titular role.
On the TV side, the Popcorn Group is developing the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit “Angry Alan” for TV with NBCUniversal. The company has also teamed up with Lionsgate on its TV series “A Womb of One’s Own”.
Popcorn Group is known for their slate of stellar talent, including projects with Gonzalo Maza (writer of the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman), Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia), Chinonyerem Odimba, Simon Amstell and Bafta-winning writer Charlie Covell (The End of the F***ing World).