Matilda Velevitch’s award-winning, latest play, Three Mothers, comes to London’s Waterloo East Theatre this November following its success at Octagon Theatre, Bolton.
This astonishing and acclaimed play follows the stories of three women and the journey they take – both physically and emotionally.
Three Mothers spans 60 years and three continents. It stars Vicky Brazier as Erika. She is joined by Susan Aderin and Roberta Kerr.
Khady sends her eldest son away from Senegal in search of a better life and Gisela attempts to assist the refugees arriving in her childhood village in Bavaria
Meanwhile Erika reveals a heart-breaking secret about her enforced march from Sudetenland with her baby daughter in 1945.
Matilda Velevitch said that she wanted to highlight their common story and increase awareness of the plight of refugees and their arrival into a new country and culture.
“I wanted to write a play telling untold stories of forced migration to broaden our understanding by weaving contemporary and historical material together, placing 1940s migration from Sudetenland alongside today’s migrant stories.
Director Janys Chambers, New Writing Associate at Octagon Theatre Bolton, directs the play, for the second time, after it was premiered as a rehearsed reading at the Octagon earlier this year.
Janys Chambers said: “At once lyrical, warm and funny, the play looks at what is perhaps the most urgent human crisis in our world – migration – through the simple personal stories of three ordinary women, three mothers; and the hope embodied in one son sent spinning across the world.”
Three Mothers was a winner of the Isle of Man Arts Council Prize in 2017 and Octagon Theatre Top 5 as well as being shortlisted by BBC Writersroom 12.
It was also showcased at Jermyn Street Theatre in April 2017 and will appear at Theatrefest 17 this October.
Roberta Kerr’s theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre); Before the Party (Salisbury Playhouse); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, Broadway NYC. TV credits Downton Abbey, Silk and Eastenders. She will play Gisela.
Vicky Brazier has appeared in Coronation Street (ITV) & Doctors (BBC). Her theatre credits include Treasure Island, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver Twist, The Snow Queen (New Vic Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (The Royal Exchange), The Borrowers (Watershed/ West Yorkshire Playhouse). She plays Erika.
Susan Aderin, (Kendra in ITV’s Beowulf) has theatre credits Consumables, (The King’s Head), Pandora’s Box, (Arcola Theatre), King Baabo, (South African/Lesotho tour), Peer Gynt and Romeo & Juliet (Royal National Theatre), The Beatification of Area Boy, (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Crimes of Passion, (Nottingham Playhouse Trust) and Marching for Fausa, (Royal Court Theatre). She will play Khady.
Matilda Velevitch added: “I’m so happy to be working with such a talented and amazing cast, which makes me feel hugely lucky. Three Mothers is a story of three strong and resilient women and we have the very best people to tell them.”
Three Mothers runs at the Waterloo East Theatre, London, from October 31 – November 12.