Adapted for the stage and screen from Feral’s original site-specific production, Hush Now is a piece of digital theatre giving voice and visibility to Herefordshire’s unmarried mothers who were stigmatised, silenced and hidden away in Mother and Baby Homes.
For 100 years, women across the world who found themselves pregnant, often through abuse, sometimes incest, but always at a point when they needed the support of those supposed to love them, were sent away. Effectively hidden and rehoused in one of these facilities.
To give voices to the ‘unheard’ women, Feral Productions collaborated with Ledbury poet Sara-Jane Arbury who turned archival research into verse. Her verses were then turned into theatrical songs by Olivia Preye and performed in Hereford in 2019 in a series of promenade performances across nine different locations.
These pieces have now been adapted and will premiere in digital film form.
Book tickets now via the Feral Productions website.
In addition to the digital premieres, Feral Productions are hosting a series of Creative Writing and Song Writing workshops with Hush Now writer Sara-Jane Arbury and composer Olivia Preye. Both workshops will guide participants through the process of creating verse and songs using research into Mother and Baby Homes as stimulus. Find out more here.
Hush Now has been supported by: Arts Council England, Herefordshire Community Foundation, Unity Arts, Great Places Scheme, The Courtyard, Newhampton Arts Centre, Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Touring.