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.
"Deceptively simple, meticulously researched and beautifully crafted, Cracking brings its audience face to face with the shared mental health challenges of new parenthood."
Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director, Exeter Northcott Theatre
"Raw, pressurised, exposed and exposing, Cracking grabs you from the inside out."
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2020 | 4-5 March
Plymouth | Edgcumbe Theatre
2020 | 28 February
Exeter | Newcourt community centre
2019 | 16 November
Exeter | Beacon Children’s Centre
2019 | 9 November
Exeter | Wonford Phoenix Suite
2019 | 26 October
Exeter | Newtown Community Association
2019 | 12 October
London | Kings Head Theatre
2020 | 1-2 March
Bristol | Loco Klub
2020 | 26 Feb
Bath | Rondo Theatre
2019 | 14 November
Exeter | Exeter Phoenix
2019 | 29 & 30 October
Exeter | St Thomas Church Hall
2019 | 19 October
Cally Hayes - Writer | Kevin Johnson - Director | Georgina Robinson - Actor | Tom Bowdler - Actor | Hugh McCann - Sound designer