Frustrated by the challenges of trying to balance the demands of motherhood with the unpredictable and often unforgiving nature of the performing arts industry, we group of Artist Mothers decided to take matters into our own hands. With wonderful support from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, we meet regularly to reconnect and reignite our artistic muscles and voices. Our first performance was on the Globe stage, performing sonnets reimaged from the perspective of a mother’s love, and our children were on stage with us. We harness the creative power of motherhood, and allow it to inform our creative work. We have nannies on site when we work, and our children pop in for a cuddle or to watch our work. It feels like a win-win for us, and we have found tremendous strength, understanding and camaraderie in our group to be able to support each other to do our best work.
Band of Mothers is thrilled to be invited to perform at the London Climate Change Festival, and share the mission of the festival to make urgent changes in this time of climate crisis. We are thinking particularly of our children’s future, and how on earth we explain some of this catastrophe to them, and we shall be performing an extract from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which feels as if Shakespeare wrote it for us now.
Director: Emma Gersch