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The Motherload image credit Rebecca Thomson

The Motherload

The Motherload is an interactive live gameshow where two teams compete for the crown of Ultimate Queen Mumma.

For each performance four guest mum ‘contestants’ join The Motherload host and Team Captains on stage for a series of bizarre, boisterous and downright hilarious tasks torn from the very real experiences of motherhood. Guaranteed to provide laughter, relatability and catharsis for mothers and non-mothers alike.

Co-creators:  Julie Waddington, Carrie McLean, Bryony Geeves, Melissa King and Rebecca Thomson 

2023 Tasmanian Regional Tour

Burnie Arts and Function Centre  - May 5 & 6 


Theatre Royal Hobart - 12 & 13 May

Theatre North: George Town - 1 June, 
Deloraine - 2 June, & Scottsdale - 3 June


plus 3 southern regional venues to be announced



Every show four mummas get to join our 

two team captains to play The Motherload!


Free Creative Self-Care Encounters especially
for mummas as a part of our regional tour.

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"The three performers are buoyant, joyous, spontaneous, clever, resourceful. . .perfect in fact. As directed by Julie Waddington, the show is intelligent, generous, warm and laugh-out-loud funny." ARTSHUB

The Team

Director:                    Julie Waddington 
Performers:              Bryony Geeves, Melissa King, Carrie McLean,

                                   Jane Johnson 
Sound Design:          Jacky Collyer
Production Design:  Ros Wren 

Lighting Design:       Toni Smith

Stage Manager:​        Clare Spillman

Photography Film:       Rebecca Thomson

Trailer Editing:             Amy Brown

Title Logo:                    Angela Pelizzari

The Project

MENTAL - The Motherload is an ongoing multi outcome arts project connecting, validating and empowering mothers as we dig into the experience of the 'mental load' of motherhood.  Birthed in 2018 the project has involved hundreds of mothers of all ages and stages of motherhood across lutruwita / Tasmania, Australia and the world through workshops, online creative encounters, open rehearsals, live performances and short films.

The Motherload is the first production of never.the.less, a new production group founded by director and producer Julie Waddington. never.the.less productions is inspired by and seeks to tell stories of resilience, perseverance, drive, strength, boundaries, empathy, inspiration and hope.

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"Medicine is the perfect word for it. I really needed the belly laughs. Walked out feeling I was doing a good job despite the tantrums, bickering and inconsistent discipline!"

Melissa, widowed mum of three young boys

"My pelvic floor was not strong enough to withstand the laughter generated from this show"

Cassie Xintavelonis, mum of two

​"What an awesome premier season! Can’t wait to see this tour to mums everywhere, who will laugh and cry, be validated and feel empowered all at once! Such important work! Congratulations to the whole team!" 

Jacqueline de Jonge mum of two

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The Motherload project has been assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.


for full details of supporters and community partners >>


We acknowledge all First Nations people of lutruwita / Tasmania, who have continuously practiced art and culture on this island for over fifty thousand years.

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