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Photos: New Morgan Lloyd Malcolm play Mum world premiere

Denise Black (Pearl) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.

Production images have been revealed for the world premiere of new play Mum.

This provocative and unflinching portrayal of early motherhood and mental health, written by Olivier award-winning playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Emilia, The Globe/ West End) and directed by Abigail Graham (soon to also direct Aladdin at Lyric Hammersmith and The Merchant of Venice at The Globe).

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Starring Sophie Melville, Denise Black and Cat Simmons, the piece is now on at Theatre Royal Plymouth until 16 October before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre from 20 October to 20 November.

Sophie Melville (Nina) and Denise Black (Pearl) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Sophie Melville (Nina) and Denise Black (Pearl) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Sophie Melville (Nina) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard. (1)
Sophie Melville (Nina) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Sophie Melville (Nina) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard. (3)
Sophie Melville (Nina) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.

This unmissable world premiere is a collaboration between Francesca Moody Productions (original producer of Fleabag, the Olivier award-winning Baby Reindeer, Shedinburgh Fringe Festival and Leopards which recently closed at the Rose Theatre) and writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (whose hit show Emilia won three Olivier Awards in 2020 and whose new punk musical play Typical Girls premiered this month at Sheffield Crucible).

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) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard. (2)
Sophie Melville (Nina) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Cat Simmons (Jackie) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Cat Simmons (Jackie) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Cat Simmons (Jackie) & Denise Black (Pearl) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. Photo by The Other Richard.
Cat Simmons (Jackie) & Denise Black (Pearl) in Mum by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. 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 the Theatre Royal Plymouth to 16 October with tickets available from theatreroyal.com. The piece runs at Soho Theatre from 20 October to 20 November with tickets from sohotheatre.com

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