The Maternity Monologues
Written in the tradition of The Vagina Monologues, The Maternity Monologues is an episodic play featuring a unique chorus of voices- all female characters, talking about the taboo subjects of pregnancy, birth and child rearing.
Just as Eve Ensler’s play sought to break down the barriers of shame around the word vagina, and the recent Bush Theatre production Hijabi Monologues challenged stereotypes of Muslim women, The Maternity Monologues demystifies the female experience of pregnancy, birth and mothering.
Having trained as a journalist, Catherine Higgins-Moore interviewed women about their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. She built on those transcripts adding fictional scenarios and voices, pairing them with current events to create honest and previously unspoken dialogues.
At times darkly funny, sad, angry and isolated the voices in the play are an honest depiction of how these women feel about their changing bodies, finances, relationships and mental and physical health as well as how they are valued from conception onwards. The play offers a uniquely honest look through fresh eyes at a brutal and beautiful timeless theme.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Catherine Higgins-Moore is a Northern Irish writer based in Tribeca, New York. Catherine is a journalist who has worked in the newsrooms of BBC Oxford and BBC Belfast. She holds Master's degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford. She was commended in BBC’s International Playwriting Award 2018 and was nominated for the inaugural Harper Collins' Comedy Women in Print Prize. She writes for The Times Literary Supplement, is founding editor of The Irish LiteraryReview and is one of the sifter judges of BBC's National Short Story Award.
Catherine’s play Just Two People was produced at Oxford Playhouse’s Burton Taylor Studio and The War at Home was performed at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre. She was offered one of eight places on Columbia University’s M.F.A in Playwriting where Columbia’s Course Director, Playwright Charles Mee, said of the intake:
“We admitted a class of unusually bright, talented, interesting, surprising, risk-taking students, and, among them, Catherine is a standout. She is a remarkably smart, gifted, adventurous writer. [Her] work… is outstanding—strikingly original and fresh, beautifully crafted, startlingly accomplished.”
Catherine has been awarded bursaries by Kenneth Branagh, and the University of Oxford
Venue: Theater for the New City
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