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Watch rehearsals for new Morgan Lloyd Malcolm play Mum ahead of world premiere

Denise Black (Pearl), Sophie Melville (Nina) and Cat Simmons (Jackie) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.

Rehearsal pictures and video of new play Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm have been revealed.

The piece from the Olivier Award-winning writer of Emilia will run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 30 September before a run in London’s Soho Theatre from 20 October.

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Abigail Graham (soon to also direct Aladdin at Lyric Hammersmith and The Merchant of Venice at The Globe) directs the co-production between Francesca Moody Productions, original producer of Fleabag and the Olivier award-winning Baby Reindeer, Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Popcorn Group.

Abigail Graham (director), Sophie Melville (Nina), and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard. (02)
Abigail Graham (director), Sophie Melville (Nina), and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard. (02)
TD Moyo (associate director) and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
TD Moyo (associate director) and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
Abigail Graham (director) and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
Abigail Graham (director) and Denise Black (Pearl) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.

Sophie Melville, Denise Black and Cat Simmons will play Nina, Pearl and Jackie respectively.

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?

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.

This thought-provoking, funny and honest new play shines a light on early motherhood, anxiety and mental health. MUM examines the pressures 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.

Sophie Melville (Nina) and Cat Simmons (Jackie) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
Sophie Melville (Nina) and Cat Simmons (Jackie) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
Sophie Melville (Nina) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard. (02)
Sophie Melville (Nina) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard. (02)
Cat Simmons (Jackie) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.
Cat Simmons (Jackie) in rehearsal for Mum. Photo by The Other Richard.

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-Lunnette Deakin-Foster.

Mum plays at Theatre Royal Plymouth 30 September – 16 October 2021 with tickets on sale here. The show moves to London’s Soho Theatre 20 October – 20 November 2021 with tickets available here.

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