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MENTAL - The Motherload

MENTAL - The Motherload

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 MENTAL – The Motherload creators are:

Julie Waddington, Carrie McLean, Bryony Geeves, Melissa King and Rebecca Thomson. 


The Motherload is an interactive live gameshow where two teams compete for the crown of Ultimate Queen Mumm! It premiered at the Junction Arts Festival, Launceston in 2021 and is touring lutruwita/Tasmanian in 2023. more details>>

"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."

Robert Jarman.  read the full review>>


The Motherload Films is our creative documentary web series exploring the messy, mundane and magical mental load of motherhood is being released online for all to enjoy through May and June 2022. Follow our FB page to see them first. And find them here>> as they are released.


Our future plans involve touring our live performance and films 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!

never.the.less productions

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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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 palawa pakana people, who have continuously practiced art and culture on this island for over fifty thousand years. Always was, always will be.

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