The Good Enough Mums Club tours South London
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
NEW British musical The Good Enough Mums Club will tour venues in South London in July as part of an initiative to improve child and parent health and wellbeing. Tickets are on sale now, with 20% of all tickets being given away to community and support groups for mothers in South London.
The musical has received significant funding as part of a Design Council initiative supporting projects aimed at improving child and parent healthcare in South London boroughs.
Performances in July will test the impact of the production on mothers in order to combat feelings of low self-worth, loneliness, isolation and depression often experienced in the stages of early parenthood. If successful, the project will be rolled out across London and nationally.
Described as an hysterical, heartbreaking and honest new musical, The Good Enough Mums Club toddles through the highs, lows and sleep deprivation of five women who are thrown together by motherhood.
With enough wet wipes on hand to mop away the tears and clean away the snotty laughter, they overcome their isolation, loneliness, judgment and desire for perfection to discover that they are stronger as a group than as individuals and that sometimes, being good enough, is best.
From ‘peeing on sticks to drooping tits’, The Good Enough Mums Club shares the love and dispels the myths of motherhood.
The Good Enough Mums Club is conceived, produced, directed and performed by mothers who have all experienced the highs and lows of early-parenthood. Its creator Emily Beecher, who swapped her career as a producer for a new life as a mum, is committed to helping parents overcome some of the mental health issues that can be related with becoming a parent:
“We are incredibly proud of The Good Enough Mums Club. Not only are we able to provide mothers with family friendly work in the arts but through our work with the Knee High Project we’re able to prove that simply seeing the show lowers anxiety whilst increasing self-worth and general wellbeing in mothers. At a time of serious budget cuts, to both the Arts and community support services, it’s wonderful that the Design Council and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity are looking at creative and innovative ways to help our communities.”
The Knee High Project is a funding programme created by The Design Council, in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, supporting the development and testing of new ideas that will improve the health and wellbeing of children in their early years. The Good Enough Mums Club is one of the final six shortlisted projects helping to fundamentally improve the health and wellbeing of under fives and their parents, living in South London and beyond.
Any community groups, charities, social workers, mental health organisations or support networks working with mothers in Southwark, Lambeth, Merton or Wandsworth who are interested in receiving free tickets should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Good Enough Mums Club is produced by Emily Beecher and Sarah Shead for Spin Arts. It is directed by Helen Eastman, whose credits include Bridgetower (Hackney Empire and Tour), Red Shirt (Royal Festival Hall), Wild Raspberries (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow) and Hansel and Gretel (Cork Opera House).
The cast of mothers includes Katherine Toy, Michaela Ellis, Rebecca Bainbridge, Jade Samuels and Anna Byworth.
Brit Mums Live on Saturday, June 21 at The Brewery, London EC1Y 4SD. Tickets at www.britmums.com/britmumslive/.
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9HD on July 10 and 11 at 12.30pm and 8pm. Tickets: £12, £10 (matinees) – from www.thegoodenoughmumsclub.com/book-tickets/.
The Three Stags, 67/69 Kennington Road, London, SE1 7PZ from July 16 to July 20 at 12.30pm (July 18 and 20) and 8pm (except July 20). Tickets: as above.