Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mum's the Word

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Ark-T Centre


In 2005 Oxford Brookes Professor Tina Miller's new book Making Sense of Motherhood was displayed in the shop window of the Cambridge University Press book shop where it caught playwright Sue Bevan’s eye. Reading Tina's book inspired Sue to write Mum's the Word a play which tells the story of Miriam who has walked back into the lives of her daughters who were just ten and twelve years old when she left them during a devastating period of postnatal depression. We invite you to experience a special Think Human Festival staging of this moving play at Ark T an open and inclusive community centre where people, art and powerful ideas come together. Mum's the Word addresses the identity shift women can feel when they become first-time mothers; mothers who leave; mothers who return; mother-daughter relationships, and sisterhood. The show is followed by a question and answer session with Sue Bevan and Tina Miller and an opportunity for the audience to contribute directly to Tina's current research on Motherhood.