Gripping Drama Double Bill

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Jan. 13, 2020, 3:47 p.m.

Jane Gwilliams in

A Mother / Medea

by Franca Rame and Dario Fo

Directed by Hendrick January

Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th January 2020 at 7.45pm
Dugdale Theatre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS

A gripping double bill of plays by Dario Fo and Franca Rame exploring a Mother in crisis.

A Mother

A Mother coaxes us into her experience of anguish, guilt and anger, as she grapples with the monster she has created. We share a mother's torment as the play takes on an increasingly nightmarish quality and she descends into her final hell. Society shares a collective fear of terrorism without allowing a full conversation.


We discover Medea abandoned and in despair, as she comes to realise that she is a victim of centuries of male oppression rather than a pawn in the hands of the Fate. Accordingly, her children must die in order to break the chains of oppression.

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Audience Reviews

"A mesmerising performance - not to be missed!"

"Powerful, thought-provoking and timely. This drama was well written, adroitly updated and brought to life with genuine feeling and a natural, believable sensibility."

"It left me wanting more of the story and of Jane. A gem!"

"This is an extraordinary production, Jane Gwillliams' performance is heartbreaking, drawing us all into every parent's darkest nightmare. Don't miss this show!"

"The play and its performance were crafted in such a way that the tension was periodically broken with lighter interludes, but the overall mood of 'A Mother' was one of raw emotion and a taut intimacy with which Gwilliams held the audience in her thrall right until her very final words. Highly recommended."

"Should be compulsory viewing for every young person and his/her parents."

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