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Creative Industry Mothers

In Our Hands has been founded by three new mothers with a drive to continue making high quality theatre alongside our new responsibilities as parents. Many women stop working in the performing arts after becoming mothers, of course for some this is a choice but for many it is down to working in an industry that is not set up to accommodate the needs of parents, especially mothers. Anti-social hours, travel away from home, financial instability and childcare issues are just a few of the challenges mothers face when going back to work after having a child.

There are some great organisations and networks (like PiPA and Mothers who Make) who are making changes to the industry for the better but there is still a long way to go. We feel it’s crucial for the industry and audiences at large not to lose the voice and talent of women in theatre after they become parents.

Central to the Baba’s Song project is our aim to highlight the needs of working mothers and to champion a new way of working. We will be conducting research by talking to theatre venues, asking if they are doing anything to accommodate touring families, if they need more information on what they could do to support touring families and what they might like to do if they had the funds. We will ask them if they can recommend family friendly accommodation in the area and if they know of any ad hoc childminders. If they don’t, and we discover these things, we will ask if they are open to passing on our experiences to other artist parents who perform at their venues in the future?

We will be contacting theatre companies with experience of combining their work and family life to ask what challenges they have faced but also which venues, touring accommodation, rural touring producers etc have been supportive and helpful.

We will explore options for performing daytime shows in community settings where childcare is already available and will contact venues and rural touring producers about putting childcare options into place to accommodate audiences of mothers watching a daytime performance.

We will compile all this information and post on this blog as an accessible online resource.

In Our Hands

 

In Our Hands

Having spent the past two years in close collaboration, the core team have developed a dedicated and supportive working relationship, both in solidarity to one another as parents, but also as co-creatives passionate about working and raising families simultaneously – and most importantly gaining an awareness that these must and should go hand in hand.

Through working intensively as an ensemble on the full production of Baba’s Song, the team is nourishing their unique working dynamic and have recently formed a fully-fledged theatre company, In Our Hands Theatre.

Team

Jannah Warlow

Jannah Warlow is an actor, singer and musician who trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has a strong track record of successful collaborations as a freelancer in the creative industry. She has recently led music direction and the community choir on MathildaMathilda (Soap Soup Theatre), performed in Oedipuss in Boots (The Wardrobe Theatre, devised in Verity Standen’s company for the Mayfest 2018 commission ‘Undersong’. Working with Verity on various projects has enhanced her skills as an a cappella singer, performing complex vocal compositions. Other collaborations include The Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Pickled Image and Giffords Circus. Jannah was a 2015 Wales Theatre Award nominee. Read more…


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Kim Heron is an actor, musician and theatre maker. She studied Lecoq based acting and devising at LISPA. She has recently worked with the Tobacco Factory Theatre Company, Theatre Ad Infinitum as an actor and musician, has created puppetry productions with Green Ginger and Platform 4 and worked with Concert Theatre, Open Attic, Freedom Studios, Pif-Paf and Mufti Games. Read more…


Naomi Lange

Naomi Lange, ‘Baba’s Song’ Creative Producer, is a physical theatre performer who studied at LISPA. She has experience of working  in the charity sector, recently as the treasurer for UK Buddhist charity, Reg. 1019886. Prior to maternity leave, she initiated an alumni volunteering programme at UWE Bristol and a large event for alumni volunteers. She recently organised a weekly ‘baby co-op’ for Bristol artist parents to meet and support each other to create work. Read more…


Emma Williams, Director

Emma Williams is a Bristol based director. Her work ranges from large outdoor spectacles to small intimate studio productions. She is interested in making work that reflects the tragic and hysterical world we inhabit. Directing credits include The Castle Builder and A Little Death by Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet, Intronauts by Green Ginger and She’s a Good Boy by Elise Heaven.

Our work

Creative Industry Mothers

In Our Hands has been founded by three new mothers with a drive to continue making high quality theatre alongside our new responsibilities as parents. Many women stop working in the performing arts after becoming mothers, of course for some this is a choice but for many it is down to working in an industry that is not set up to accommodate the needs of parents, especially mothers. Anti-social hours, travel away from home, financial instability and childcare issues are just a few of the challenges mothers face when going back to work after having a child.

There are some great organisations and networks (like PiPA and Mothers who Make) who are making changes to the industry for the better but there is still a long way to go. We feel it’s crucial for the industry and audiences at large not to lose the voice and talent of women in theatre after they become parents.

Central to the Baba’s Song project is our aim to highlight the needs of working mothers and to champion a new way of working. We will be conducting research by talking to theatre venues, asking if they are doing anything to accommodate touring families, if they need more information on what they could do to support touring families and what they might like to do if they had the funds. We will ask them if they can recommend family friendly accommodation in the area and if they know of any ad hoc childminders. If they don’t, and we discover these things, we will ask if they are open to passing on our experiences to other artist parents who perform at their venues in the future?

We will be contacting theatre companies with experience of combining their work and family life to ask what challenges they have faced but also which venues, touring accommodation, rural touring producers etc have been supportive and helpful.

We will explore options for performing daytime shows in community settings where childcare is already available and will contact venues and rural touring producers about putting childcare options into place to accommodate audiences of mothers watching a daytime performance.

We will compile all this information and post on this blog as an accessible online resource.

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What we’re learning

When it comes to starting a family, women in the theatre industry are faced with unique challenges. Lack of flexible childcare availability, unsociable and inflexible working hours, and travel away from home are just a few of the issues that prevent women from returning to work in theatre. It’s quite clear from our own experience …

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