In the UK, there are around two million single parents. The vast majority – more than nine out of 10 single parents – are mothers.
MUVVAHOOD, Tuesday 23 August at 4.30pm, Etcetera Theatre, is a one woman, verbatim theatre piece, exploring the specific emotional and economic issues surrounding single motherhood – primarily from the perspective of working-class mothers living in London today.
Funny, frank and authentic; collated from hours of interviews with lone parent mothers, MUVVAHOOD tells a story of single motherhood in the “age of austerity” when the most vulnerable members of society are facing hardships and prejudices not seen in decades.
Researched, written and performed by Libby Liburd. Directed by Julie Addy.
Often associated with negative media stereotypes, the single mother is frequently portrayed as a feckless teenager, getting pregnant in order to obtain a council house, and raising anti social children that the taxpayer pays for.
But what is it to be a single mother? Raising a child, or children, alone can be a rewarding, yet isolating experience. As a society, we rarely hear the real voices of women who are forced to raise their children alone, often in poverty, where intrinsic societal structures victimise and disempower lone mothers.
Single parent households have been the hardest hit household types by tax and benefit reforms since 2010. Those in single parent families are twice as likely to live in poverty as those in couple parent families, and recent years have seen this situation escalate, with the current “war on the poor”, the closure of the CSA and the removal of Legal Aid in the majority of family law cases.
Libby Liburd is an East London based writer and actor. She trained at East 15 Acting School, and is the single mother of a teenage son.
“… hit[s] home in an affecting manner…a clear moment of hard political feminism, a stark reminder that, as well as being subject to cultural and implicit discrimination, women still face explicit material and institutional discrimination in housing and welfare, intersected by the vagaries of the class system,” Lewis Church, Exeunt Magazine.
“…often very funny…a powerful and challenging piece” Kate Saffin, Female Arts.
For more details and tickets visit www.camdenfringe.com.