She’s a loving wife. A devoted mother. And a woman slowly losing her grip on reality.
She is suspicious of her husband: what is he up to? Why is he so eager to go on his business trip?
She misses her son: why did he move out of their home? What is he hiding from her?
She feels uneasy about her son’s girlfriend: is she good for her son? Is she who she says she is?
Her doubts about her husband begin to border on paranoia. Her “empty nest” pining for her son starts to seem like lovesickness. Her nervousness about the girl comes to manifest as jealousy.
And as her behaviour becomes increasingly manic, what is really going on inside her mind?
Having staged The Father (2018) and The Son (2020), both to critical acclaim and sold-out runs, Pangdemonium’s production of The Mother completes this family “trilogy” by celebrated playwright Florian Zeller. A disturbing portrayal of one woman’s descent into an emotional abyss, The Mother is a searing examination of mental illness, and a surreal and suspenseful psychological thriller that takes us all on a trip between harsh reality and even harsher hallucination.
“A harrowing and profoundly disorientating experience — mischievous, funny, sad and wise.”
“A poignant, deeply Freudian study of a mind on the edge of breakdown.”
“Examines the weird dynamics families harbour against one another, including the worst types of betrayal, and what we choose to pretend we don’t see.”
“Holds a magnifying glass to everyday middle-class stereotypes until they splinter from sustained scrutiny.”
18 June - 4 July 2021