A hilarious and cathartic show for anyone who has ever been on a trip to Babyland, From Here to Maternity charts the journey through the first year of parenthood at Chapel off Chapel until 30 October 2016.
Mik and Lana are best friends and new arrivals in Babyland. Their expectations, joys and fears are all explored in this comedic portrayal of motherhood. Revealing the deeply personal truths that are never really talked about, it shatters the myths and stereotypes about motherhood from the delivery room to the home front.
As sleep becomes a mere memory Babyland becomes increasingly surreal. With nightclub flashbacks, competitive play dates, brand obsession and epic parenting fails, this is a show that every parent can identify with. Featuring mild playground violence and very little sex, this new iteration by Elise Hearst stars long-time friends, Mikhaela Ebony and Lana Meltzer.
“We want to reach out to first time parents to let them know that they’re not alone,” says performer says Mikhaela Ebony. “There are high expectations from society and ourselves, sometimes we can be the harshest critic, we need to be realistic – first time parenting is really difficult, absurd and confusing but can also be a time filled with joy.”
Elise Hearst is a Melbourne-based playwright and new mother who credits include Bright World (Theatre Works and ARTHUR, co-written with Andrea James), The Mesh (Red Stitch and ARTHUR), The Reckoning (Fairly Lucid Productions), The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre and ARTHUR, Mudlark Theatre and ARTHUR, MTC Cybec Readings), Dirtyland (National Play Festival, New Theatre and ARTHUR), She’s a Little Finch (MKA), and Delight (Griffin Theatre). Hearst was shortlisted for the prestigious Lysicrates Prize for new Australian playwriting in 2016.
Director: Bronwen Coleman Featuring: Mikhaela Ebony, Lana Meltzer Set & Lighting Design: Rob Sowinski Sound Design & Composition: Russell Goldsmith Projection Design: Piper Huyn
From Here to Maternity
Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Season continues to 30 October 2016
Information and Bookings: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au
Image: Mikhaela Ebony and Lana Meltzer star in From Here to Maternity (supplied)