[THEATRE/Music ~ WORLD PREMIERE ~ NSW]
The Breakout at The Mill, Thu 18 Mar.
See You Later Mum is set in the past when assisted passage by ship for migrants to Australia was still possible, and when real-time communication between loved ones separated by the tyranny of distance was limited to expensive phone calls with lots of irritating delay.
It was a time not so long ago when migration to a new land meant a far greater degree of separation between loved ones, and that separation was more keenly felt at times of major personal drama like childbirth and terminal illness.
This play tugs at the heart strings as it places three generations of women at the centre of such dramas with ‘just an ocean between them’. Original songs by Kay Proudlove embellish the narrative and are sometimes sung in tandem with the play’s writer, Christine Firkin.
Some enjoyable moments of nostalgia as Mum back in the UK gets all excited about the arrival of a spoken letter from her daughter on a cassette – remember sending them? – and they manage some lighter moments making fun of death.
The kinds of trauma arising in families separated by oceans in the current COVID climate makes this play especially relevant.
See You Later Mum continues at The Breakout at The Mill from 9pm until Sat 20 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.