The Mother is at the end of her tether. Constantly torn be-tween relentless unending tasks that tug her heartstrings, she attempts to free herself from the ties that bind.
There is an invisible umbilical cord that is never cut. The Moth-er nurtured the children first through her blood, then through her milk, but even when she seems physically separate from her children, she truly never is. If she doesn’t nurture them, who will? If they fall, who else will catch them?
‘Tethered’ is an exploration of the pressures of single parenthood. Extremely elastic in form, it can be performed as a non-verbal performance piece, as a monologue with original song or as a short play for three performers.
Commissioned by BS13 Theatre Company, fully-funded by Dundry View Wellbeing Fund, ‘Tethered’ was first performed as a play for three actors at Zion Community Arts Space in 2015 as part of an evening of new writing called ‘In My Shoes’ (Directed by Bryn Holding and featuring Charlotte Ellis, Alex Gartshore & Annette Chown).
It has since been performed in its non-verbal form as part of Fringe Arts Bath 2017, and will be performed again as a monologue and song on International Women’s Day in March 2018.
Fringe Arts Bath Festival 5th, 6th & 7th June 2017
‘In My Shoes’ Festival of New Writing, Zion Community Arts Space 12th September 2015