Update: Postponed until 4 August 2021.
Over the past few months, we have been hard at work on The Mother, due to open on 18 June.
However, because of the Covid-19 mandated restrictions thus far, even with enthusiastic public demand, we have had to frustratedly cap our ticket sales at 50 patrons per show in the 600-seat Victoria Theatre. While the latest regulations allow for increased maximum audience capacity to 250, our first few shows until 21 June will require actors to be masked on stage.
Along with other logistical complications and the fact that the specific nature of The Mother is effective only with actors unmasked, the good news of moving into Phase 3 Heightened Alert measures has come too late for us to do justice to the production.
After much deliberation, we are making the difficult but necessary decision to postpone The Mother to open on 4 August. The numerous challenges of safely staging the best possible production of this play continue to evolve and so must we.
The current regulations require Pre-Event Testing (PET) for unvaccinated patrons at a substantial cost. We hope that by this August there will be a larger part of the population vaccinated and will minimise the number of tests needed, so that all our patrons can enjoy the show safely.
We believe that by postponing, we can bring this wonderful play to an even wider audience and make theatre viable and essential during this tough period that we are living through.
We are incredibly grateful for your continued support of our work. If you have purchased tickets for The Mother, SISTIC will follow up with you shortly with more details.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Thank you very much and stay safe,
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.”
Advisory 16 – Some Mature Content & Coarse Language
Postponed until 4 August 2021