Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters
Different women. Different times. Same system.
Two powerful plays, inspired by real life events, are woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths about the treatment of people deemed ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ and asks how much of our humanity do we lose in search of the cure?
Julie McNamara’s Monstrous Daughters is a funny and haunting story, told from the perspective of Mad Mary, on the run from ‘the specimen collectors’. Hidden amongst the human specimens in an old museum, Mad Mary searches for her lost baby, and encounters Walter Riddle, looking for the bones of an Irish giant whose dying wish was to avoid ending up on display. They bring the grisly reality of body snatching to light and invite audiences to question our attitudes towards difference.
“…it is a brilliant provocative, political work. Recommend everyone see it.”
Deborah Coles (Inquest)
Medicine, the extraordinary debut play by Omikemi, looks at contemporary experiences of the mental health system by women of African heritage and unravels a hidden tale of unethical medical experimentation and exploitation.
The story moves between the lives of Elaine and Kem, struggling against a system that seems only to want to make them compliant and invisible and Elsie Lacks, institutionalised at the age of 10 and experimented on without her family’s consent. Elsie’s mother, Henrietta Lacks, was the source of the eternal HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines ever used in medical research. Those cells were taken without her permission.
Together, these plays tell some of the untold stories behind medicine’s ‘magical’ gains.
Written by Julie McNamara and Omikemi.
Directed by Penelope Freeman.
SPRING 2020 TOUR
Thursday 19th, ARC Stockton Arts Centre
Thursday 26th March at Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton
Wednesday 1st, at Northern Stage in Newcastle
Thursday 2nd at The Key in Peterborough
Friday 3rd at Bridport Arts Centre in Bridport
Thursday 16th at Arts at The Old Fire Station in Oxford
Friday 17th and Saturday 18th at Canada Water Theatre in London
All shows include BSL interpretation on stage
For detailed access information and tickets, please contact each venue directly.
Lisette Auton (Mad Mary)
Eden West (Walter Riddle / Dr Wilson)
Fatima Niemogha (Kem)
Shereener Browne (Elaine / Elsie)
Penelope Freeman, Director
Julie McNamara, Writer / Assistant Director
Emma Tompkins, Designer
Crin Claxton, Production Manager
Theo Holloway, Sound Designer
David Abra, Lighting Designer
BSL interpretation, wheelchair access, audio description