Fringefeed | 24 Jan 2020

The Dirty Mother

It’s not every day that you start a theatre show with a guitar solo. Then again, The Dirty Mother is not an everyday show. It is a show which tells a story meant to be forgotten, and yet it is a story that everyone has; the story of birth.

Based on the real experiences of Michelle Hall and her not-so-graceful emergence into the world of motherhood, The Dirty Mother makes excellent use of mixed-media storytelling to give an unfiltered account of pregnancy, labour, and postpartum depression.

Through drama, physical comedy, music, visual projection and ‘Yummy Mummy’ yoga, this show will pull you by the hair and drag you between moments of pure chaotic energy – coloured lights blazing, electric guitars riffing and party poppers… popping – to heavy and haunting scenes which will linger with you as you leave the theatre; tip-toeing around the pomegranate seeds spat-out onto the stage floor.

As much as it is a tongue-in-cheek comedy, it is also a commentary on the struggles faced by modern mothers; from wide-reaching effects of economic struggle to the dehumanising politics of public healthcare, to the unfair expectations placed on women by both society and stuck-up in-laws to stay small, silent and ‘sensible’.

To drive home the point, there is swearing and screaming abound, and bright pink granny-panties are worn for the world to see, so make sure you go in prepared.

The show also features a surprising amount of meta-commentary into the struggles of ‘birthing’ a new experimental theatre show into the world – especially one with a story that ‘isn’t meant to be told’ – which can be appreciated by creatives of any caliber.

Funny, heart-wrenching and raw, you don’t have to be a ‘dirty mother’ to enjoy this show, but you may want to go and hug your own mother by the end of it.

About the Author

Maia Sharrock Churchill

Having recently returned to Perth after spending a year in Japan, Maia Sharrock Churchill is excited to be a part of FRINGE WORLD 2020. Holding a Master of Media and Communication, Maia has a deep passion for writing and the arts and finds inspiration in the strange and surreal.

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Amazing performance by Michelle hall. Gutsy acting with a GREat Emotional range and BEAUTIFUL physical movements. We Girls are real heroes having the bubs but LIKe the Dirty mother, the experience makes you laugh and cry. Not to be missed.!!!!!!

Reviewed by Anne djordjevic 2020

I laughed, I cried, I laughed, and I cried again. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Sabiqah Bahrom 2020