A new play by Alright Mate? co-founder Cally Hayes about love, loss and parenthood. Cracking takes an intimate look from a father’s perspective about what happens when you survive the worst but now risk losing everything.

Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past and Sam in real danger of losing his footing?

Inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, Cracking combines refreshingly honest new writing with testimony and vibrant physicality.

The performance is followed by a Q&A with Cally, the community Builder, Amelie Foster & Luke Burgon From Roots Foundation Barbershop (both with lived experience), to think about whether we should be responding to men’s mental health in early parenthood differently. The performance will tour community spaces and theatres in Exeter and beyond, with venues also hosting the original Alright Mate? audio-visual exhibition.


Tour Details

Newtown Community Association (Belmont Hut)
Alright Mate? 9 - 12 October
Cracking 12 October 6 - 9pm

St Thomas Library
Alright Mate? 14-19 October

St Thomas Church Hall
Cracking 19 October 6 - 9pm

Wonford Phoenix Suite
Alright Mate? 24 - 26 October
Cracking 26 October 6-9pm

Exeter Phoenix 
Cracking 29&30 October

Beacon Children’s Centre
Alright Mate? 7 - 9 November
Cracking 9 November 6 - 9pm

Rondo theatre, Bath
Cracking 14 November 730pm

Newcourt community centre 
Alright Mate? 14 - 16 November
Cracking 16 November
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