When it comes to playground politics, it’s hard to tell the grown-ups from the children. Four very different mothers are forced to deal with each other after an incident at the local primary. Meanwhile, building site blunders threaten the rural idyll. Class, parenting styles, and Duplo collide in this slightly surreal look at the systems that keep us in our place.
Playwright Karen Morash examines everyday English society through the lens of four characters rarely seen on the stage: women who struggle with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood, whilst trying to negotiate tricky social encounters. Funny and dark in equal measure, Playground asks that age old question: why can’t we all just be friends?
Directed by Jack Paterson
Movement Director/Assistant Directed by Roman Berry
Lighting Design/Operator: Sarah Trim-West
Set and Costume designer: Marcio Andrey Santarosa
Sound Designer: Sepy Baghaei
Stage Manager: Helen Wrack-Adams
Komal Amin as Amy/Worker 2
Ava Amande as Bobbi/Foreman
Katie Turner as Coral/Worker 1
Jenna Thorne as Elaine/Deptuy/Terry
The cast as The Headmaster
Producer Karen Morash was interviewed, providing deep insight into self producing, particularly in British Theatre
Pictures copyright Dr. Karen Morash
'Playwright Karen Morash examines everyday English society through the lens of four characters rarely seen on the stage: women who struggle with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood, whilst trying to negotiate tricky social encounters.'
'The playground, instead, becomes the place where social conflicts happen, and the mothers – the only real characters – try to find the solutions and to learn how to live together.
This production was generously supported by The Goldsmith's Annual Fund and The Goldsmith's Graduate School