Nine women. Nine songs. Nine doors flung open to reveal the incredible resilience of mothers who faced and overcame tremendous adversity.
Following their online premiere on Saturday 27th March, we are thrilled to announce that you can now watch the full Hush Now performances, filmed on location at the Black Country Living Museum, online. The films use the museum, which reopens on 17th May, as a powerful and evocative backdrop for the stories
Adapted for the stage and screen from Feral Productions’ original site-specific production, Hush Now is a piece of digital theatre giving voice and visibility to unmarried mothers who were stigmatised, silenced and hidden away in Mother and Baby homes across the county.
After a decades-old culture of shame and secrecy, Feral Productions are proud to give voice to the women who weren’t heard and visibility to the women who weren’t seen. The BCSC are working with Feral Productions to support their ground-breaking project’s arrival in the Black Country.
Hush Now shines light on the hidden stories of women who experienced life in English Magdalene Homes or Mother and Baby Homes. It uses historical research, song and site-specific immersive performance to tell stories of young mothers who were sent to live and work in the homes during their pregnancy and were often made to give up their child for adoption following the birth. There were multiple such homes in the Black Country and Feral are bringing these hidden stories back to life.
Watch all of the nine songs on BCLM’s YouTube now! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4iAh7fscMD21Pube5RzB9ovKxRkRUgd2
The BCSC have been working with Feral, BCLM and University of Wolverhampton Performing Arts students. Students have been set a live brief by Feral and BCLM to create their own digital performances inspired by historical research into Mother and Baby Homes. Their work will be showcased on the Performing Arts YouTube channel later this spring.