Breaking taboos on toxic mother-daughter relationships, The Wedding Speech will run at the VAULT Festival this year.
Princess Donnough (she/her) performs this poignant one-woman show that highlights the unpredictable nature of co-dependency amongst families. The Wedding Speech follows Rosemary on her journey of self-discovery, as she looks inward to navigate her rocky relationship not only with her mother, but herself.
Writer Cheryl May Coward-Walker said, “This is the mother and daughter relationship we’re sold from sitcoms to romcoms, and more often than not by our nearest and dearest, but what happens if your maternal bond doesn’t fit the “my mum is my BFF” mould? The Wedding Speech is an amusing take on a less-than-rosy mother and daughter relationship. The work involved in this isn’t easy, but it has the power to heal entire generations. To reduce this conversation to indulgent mum-bashing is to rob people of their healing. Healing gives us options. It’s empowering to know that you get to choose a better way of being. Nothing is fixed. You can cultivate the freedom to be all of you.
The Wedding Speech is presented by Purple Moon Drama – a specialist theatre group that help creative young people from marginalised backgrounds develop their connections and confidence to better access the creative industry.
Following its run at the VAULT Festival 2023, The Wedding Speech will play two performances at Soho Theatre (1-2 March) in London’s West End.
The Wedding Speech is directed by Simone Watson-Brown (she/her) with set design by Paula Chitty (she/her) and sound by Wil Pritchard (he/him). Lauren Wedgeworth (she/her) is stage manager and the show is produced by Holly McComish (she/her).
The Wedding Speech runs from 21-24 February 2023 at Network Theatre, London SE1.