Hush Now: Hidden Women, behind the doors of Wolverhampton’s Mother & Baby Homes.
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Showing: 27/03/2021 to 27/03/2021
Available to view online until midnight on Sat 27th March
Digital theatre exploring the hidden stories behind the doors of Wolverhampton Mother & Baby Homes will be premiered online via our website later this March.
Adapted for the stage and screen from Feral Production’s original site-specific production, Hush Now is a piece of digital theatre giving voice and visibility to unmarried mothers who were stigmatised, silenced and hidden away.
For 100 years, women across the world who found themselves pregnant, often through abuse, were sent away, effectively hidden and rehoused in a Mother and Baby Homes.
To give voices to the ‘unheard’ women, Feral Productions collaborated with Ledbury poet Sara-Jane Arbury who turned archival research into verse. Her verses were then turned into theatrical songs by Olivia Preye and performed in Hereford in 2019 in a series of promenade performances across nine different locations.
These pieces have now been adapted and will premiere in digital film form in March 2021 in Hereford, Wolverhampton and Dudley.
“Hush Now is one of the most interesting and profoundly moving projects I have ever done.” says writer Sara-Jane Arbury, “I feel a tremendous responsibility in bringing some of the stories to light and giving these women and girls voices for us to hear today. The whole process has inspired me in so many ways and I hope the poems will stay in people’s thoughts for a long time to come.”
Hush Now comprises nine songs, each lifting the lid on the adversities faced by so many unmarried mothers and celebrating their resilience and tenacity during such traumatic experiences.
A participatory element to the Wolverhampton project will offer local residents the opportunity to take part in Creative Writing (Thu 18th March) and Song Writing (Thu 25th March) digital workshops via Zoom with Hush Now writer Sara-Jane Arbury and composer Olivia Preye.
Hush Now: Digital Wolverhampton edition will premiere online on Saturday 20th March at 7pm via NAC with tickets being sold on a pay-what-you-can basis from our website. newhamptonarts.co.uk
How to view?
Click book and choose how much you’d like to pay to view this show online and purchase your ticket as normal. You only need to buy one ticket per household, please note we have different tiers to help make this show as accessible as we can so please choose you tier carefully.
Your ticket will give you access to the digital show once it premieres on Saturday 20th March at 7pm you will also be invited to a post-show discussion (via Zoom) after the online premiere at 8.15pm.
Once booked you will be e-mailed on the 20th March with full instructions, a link and individual password to view the show online. If you can’t make the premiere, don’t worry Hush Now will be available to all ticket holders to watch on-demand until 27th of March.
Please note that subtitles and a visual impairment accessibility pack (in PDF & word doc format) is available on request – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy.
Digital workshop tickets are FREE and also available through the website but places are limited so booking tickets early to guarantee a space is recommended.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN FROM £3: £3.00-18.00