Our live performance work The Motherload premiered at the Junction Arts Festival, Launceston in 2021 followed by a short season in nipaluna/Hobart. Our future plans involve touring our live performance to communities across regional Tasmania in 2023 and then Australia. Everywhere we tour we aim to connect with mummas through workshops, sharing stories and making crowns!
a creative documentary performance exploring the beauty, grotesque and poetic in the madness and mundane of motherhood.
Developed over several years in collaboration with mothers across Tasmania, the Motherload Collective present an interactive live gameshow: two teams compete for the crown of Ultimate Queen Mumma in a series of bizarre, boisterous and hilarious tasks torn from the very real experiences of motherhood throughout its stages, while the verbatim performances offset this riotous battle with poignancy, relief, and chaos.
Created by Julie Waddington, Carrie Mclean, Bryony Geeves, Melissa King and Rebecca Thompson
Direction: Julie Waddington
Performers: Bryony Geeves, Melissa King and Carrie McLean
Sound Design: Jacky Collyer
Production Design: Ros Wren
Project mentor: Roslyn Oades
A never.the.less production
premier season September / October 2021in association with the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Junction Arts Festival.
"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. Its serious moments are sincere without being cloying."
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The Motherload is available for touring and can include community workshops for mummas and/or a screening of short films. Suitable for a wide range of venues, we encourage numerous and varied performance times to increase accessibility for parents and children. Babes in arms are always welcome, as are the many interruptions that come with the territory of motherhood. .
"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
"I am so grateful to have met you mummas - thank you so much for the incredible gift of being a part of such a funny, uplifting and needed show for mumma’s and their friends and partners. I really recommend it to everyone! Xox"
Kerri Kleinig, 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
"Being in The Motherload was the best thing I have done in as long as I can remember. Before it started I was completely terrified but by the end I was feeling joyously alive and there were many moments in between when I was laughing so hard I cried. I found the show's deeper side unexpectedly moving too. Some of the quotes from other mothers took my breath away. They made me realise that although everyone's experience of motherhood is unique; many of our highs (heart-piercingly tender, precious and fleeting) and our lows (often unspoken, even amongst friends) at each stage of the journey are startlingly similar. Sitting in the theatre I felt a sense of connection that was a consolation and an inspiration. I wished that every parent could see the show - the amazing team who made it deserve funding for essential services to humankind."
"This experience will stay with me for a long time…. GO SEE IT! It was awesome!"
Bron Robertson-Milne, mum of two
"An emotional, expressive and cathartic trimester of gritty, honest and provocative theatre, right down to the pearlescent sheen of the clittoral curtain. . ."
Paul Rubie (not a mum but makes a damn fine quiche!)