What audiences are saying
Blisteringly powerful preview of this last night…I couldn’t breath for the relevence it mirrored for me and it was brilliantly performed too. – Angie Belcher, Comedian
A scream from the heart of a new mother!
I absolutely loved the show. It was super entertaining and eye-opening. It would be great to see more work from you. Thank you!
Made me tearful and want to scream, but also made me laugh out loud – thank you. Very inspiring – exploring issues of feeling lost so not knowing who you are anymore.
It truly summed up motherhood. Especially those very early days. It was wonderful to see such a subject being tackled on stage – Alexandra Bridger, The Medicated Follower
The show was insightful and innovative. I enjoyed the attempts made to express in theatrical form the chaotic mentality of early parenthood and the surreality of the sleep-deprived, hormone-befuddled state. Excellent use made of the voice, and the physical restrictions of the playing space were extremely eloquent – Chloe Naldrett Elwood, Executive Producer of Bristol Old Vic
Seeing this show made me feel less alone! I have suffered with postnatal depression/anxiety and now work for a charity that supports other women with it. To sit in a crowded theatre and see and hear experiences similar to my own on the stage and be within an audience who responded with knowing laughter, intakes of breath and a general sense of ‘yes’ I know that feeling at the same points as I did really triggered a huge sense of relief in me. Chloe Scholefield – art therapist and mental health worker for women with PND
Lilith Wozniak review for Exeunt Magazine
“Baba’s Song weaves its narrative lightly, stringing together a sort of cabaret of motherhood, allowing the show to be gloriously abstract, valuing affect over clarity. It doesn’t matter whether we know exactly what passes between Vasilisa and Baba Yaga. What matters are the feelings of frustration and exhaustion and uncertainty, and so much else, which builds through the play.
Taped into a metre square box Jannah Warlow and Kim Heron create a mass of innovative moments which work to to express an experience of motherhood, making the space feel simultaneously claustrophobic and expansive. It rarely goes 10 minutes without them effortlessly creating something I have never seen before, whether that’s talking within their mouths to the sound of a baby transforming into a brain eating itself, to narration mixing with command.”…Read full review
BBC 4 Women’s Hour with Jenni Murray
Jump directly to Mothers Who Make spot by going to 30:10
Born in MWM
“In Our Hands Theatre is an idea for a future company made up of three (new) mothers who all started working to support each other following a Mother Who Make meeting in Bristol. We started by meeting weekly at someone’s house to look after each other’s babies in another room while we did personal work. This led to serious discussions and then writing an Arts Council England application for ‘Baba’s Song’, which was successful! During these meet ups, we talked about some of the challenges we faced with having a small child and wanting to continue working in theatre. The main challenges we face are childcare, touring and rehearsal timings, and how to manage making a high quality, professional show while knowing that there is potential for needing to stop abruptly to nurture a sick child (so many illnesses in the first year!).
In addition to creating ‘Baba’s Song’ our funding includes; two workshops, one for Mothers Who Make in Bristol ‘Pathways for Creative Mums’ on 18 July 2018; a contingency for dealing with unexpected parenting related emergency (ill child); and research into making touring more accessible for mothers and families – starting with conversations with those venues we’ve already booked with or have supported us so far.
I ignored my creative side and became stuck for years working office jobs in order to ground myself in the United Kingdom. I was finding myself unable to connect to the creative world in the way I was so desperate to. It was through having my son and the networks I connected with through Mothers Who Make meetings that I found the courage and strength to ‘fuck it’ and take the leap of faith! Out of the sequential meetups with Jannah and Kim (and other mums), they Kim and Jannah asked me to be the creative producer and supported me in taking the bold decision to leave my office job and focus fully on building up work as a freelance producer/theatre maker. I later met another woman at MWM who I am now collaborating with to start “The Cloud Factory” to teach physical theatre to children, teenagers and adult, with a focus on adults who may have been a bit like me, stuck creatively and/or not wanting to make a career in theatre, but are interested in the therapeutic, life improving quality theatres skills have to offer.” Naomi Lange, Producer In Our Hands