Mum’s the Word


When mum walked out on two small girls, they had no option but to get on with it. For Sophie her career became her life. Until now. With her biological clock kicking in as she turns forty, she’s suddenly desperate for a baby. But with a partner who never bought into this, it’s ‘bye bye Toby, hallo wank bank!’ Sister Jane has built her life around her family. Two teenage boys and a little surprise on the way. So the last thing either woman needs is their long-lost mother rocking up out of nowhere. Or is it? Mum’s The Word.

Sue Bevan has developed her award-winning one-act play into an even stronger, more-nuanced full-length drama. It spans three generations of women in one family and takes a frank, candid and sometimes funny look at issues of new motherhood, post-natal depression, family bonds and mothers who leave. This will be its first professional production, and Seren Theatre has been created specifically to present this as their first show – a powerful three-hander for women.

Notes for editors

Recent research reveals one in five mothers suffers from a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth (Independent Mental Health Taskforce). Yet fewer than 15% of NHS districts provide effective specialist perinatal services for women with severe or complex conditions, and almost half provide no service at all. On top of this many women go undiagnosed and unsupported due to feelings of shame and stigma associated with post-natal depression, alongside the fear their child/ren may be taken away.

The government has recently announced additional funding to go into areas of specialist support for women perinatal mental health issues.

This play explores an issue for which awareness desperately needs raising. With this production Seren Theatre are providing a shame-free platform for discussion and sharing experience around many women’s experience of new motherhood.