otherMother are Kelly Jones (Writer), Anna Poole (Director) and Olivia Harris (Producer). otherMother creates original, urgent and honest theatre. We put raw voices on stage and root them in the here and the now. Our work poses questions about the world we live in but doesn’t answer them, leaving them open to discussion and debate. We work with an exciting and diverse mix of artists, theatre-makers and groups to create something truly collaborative.
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And here's another brilliant blog from Young Critic Shannon Newman, cheers Shannon!
Blud – The Other Room Theatre review.
Usually you wouldn’t associate football hooliganism with anything other than chavs and cheap thrills, but Blud goes beyond these initial prejudices, questioning loyalty and our need to belong – whether that’s to someone or something.
These are the key themes that are veiled under the supposed cult of football. What really matters to these characters is loyalty and finding a place in a society that renders you utterly powerless – which is precisely what the characters struggle with. Thus, Blud conveys football as a rite of passage into social mobility and ready-made identities, and eloquently so.
It takes some skills, for a writer and actresses, to present a character that’s so immoral and yet so lovable.
The stage directions – simple in action, though deeper in meaning, and therefore it goes without saying that you’d need to concentrate to fully appreciate the full extent of what they’re conveying.
It’s refreshing to see a Theatre production that touches on such contemporary issues in a gritty, but wholly realistic manner.
This is theatre without the sugar coating, and that’s why we need it.
Our gal Olivia Elsden, who plays Lou in Blud has done us a lovely blog about her time with otherMother. We can't believe there are only THREE SHOWS LEFT!
Read on, and thanks Liv!
Other Mother have asked me to write a few words about my time on 'Blud' at The Other Room. I guess it all began with me graduating in July this year from RWCMD and leaving Cardiff to head back to London, to live at home for a while while I found my feet as a graduate actor! But after auditioning to be a part of this all female theatre company and getting the part as 'Lou', I returned to Cardiff quicker than I had imagined!
I have learnt so much doing 'Blud' as my first professional job. It being a two hander play, Frankie (who plays Rita, my half-sister) and I had a lot of work to do, and it was an intense rehearsal process as a lot of responsibility rested on our shoulders to deliver the genius work that is written by Kelly Jones! The issues and themes the play talks about such as; the struggles of surviving in a working class town that is dealing with cuts from the government, the importance of family or the absence of it and how that can affect your life and also football hooliganism in females, something which is normally over-looked. These are all important and interesting issues that need to be heard.
The script has also developed quite a bit since we first read it. We listened to audiences and their feedback and made some changes based on what the audience understood or what Kelly and Anna felt wasn’t working. It has also developed through research and improvisation which was so much fun and gave everyone in the room an artistic license to try things. I have loved this aspect of the Blud journey, it means every night is different and fresh and the audience seem to love it more and more with every show.
I have loved working with the Other Mother team for so many reasons, a big reason being that it is all female. I truly believe there are not enough windows in this industry for females and there should be more. Other Mother represents more opportunities for women, unheard voices and certainly exciting things to come. Watch this space!
Our first review - and it's a good one! #TheGoodEarth
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