The Donmar Warehouse has announced a series of relaxed workshop performances of a new maternity memory play, Becoming: Part One, written and performed by theatre stars Rosalie Craig and Michelle Terry.
The unique project represents the first time a public performance has taken place in the Donmar’s rehearsal space, and centres on the duo’s very personal experiences of giving birth six months ago, choosing now to remember – because they are already starting to forget.
Becoming: Part One takes place in the Donmar’s rehearsal space on Dryden Street from Tuesday 27 June to Saturday 1 July, in a limited run of very relaxed workshop performances. While the show is aimed at adults, babes in arms are also welcome, and audiences are invited to stay on after the performance to continue the conversation.
Since becoming mothers at the end of 2016, Michelle and Rosalie have been working with the Donmar to explore how the theatre might work in new and different ways to allow them to be both artists and new mothers.
The pair wanted to reflect on this turbulent time of change, so the Donmar co-commissioned them to research and write about this first ‘golden year’ – a phrase used in child development studies to refer to the first twelve months of a child’s life.
The Donmar has been a consortium member of Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) since 2016, trialling news ways of working to inform industry practice on working with parents and children.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the venue’s website.