Yesterday I photographed the dress rehearsal of this play, written and performed by mums, about mums, for mums. (Sorry dads but sometimes we just need our solidarity.)
The creator of the show, Emily Beecher, suffered from post-natal depression and wrote her way out of it. Not the standard cure but the result is a sad and funny play which alternates between the kind of monologues that have you blinking back the tears (bad photographer! focus!) and the kind of song and dance numbers with somewhat gynaecological language which will have everyone roaring with laughter. The 5 actors are all mums, as is the director Helen Eastman (sporting an impressive baby bump too) and their characters meet at a toddler group which is a mixture of competitive and supportive.
The play is actually being performed in places and at times specially designed to suit the parents of early years parents. I hope its a great success. Apparently the audiences usually leave feeling much better about their own parenting skills. I particularly loved the scenes where the actors all suddenly become the toddlers and get up to some serious mischief -- that's what's happening in the photo above. The rest of the pictures (or rather, 25 of them which is what Demotix allows for a photojournalism piece) are online here.
Anna Watson: photographer, parent, juggler