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Be My Baby

A play by Amanda Whittington
Wednesday 17 May 2023 - Saturday 20 May 2023
Buscot Park Theatre, Lechlade Road, Buscot SN7 8BU
Directed by Debbie Lock
Producer: Gary Field

Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets: £12. No concessions. Add 5% online booking fee. A drink is included. Tickets were available from our Online Box Office.
Buscot Park will open to theatre goers from 6:30pm. Picnics welcome. Seating is limited to 50 per night so please book your tickets early. Parking available in the grounds. There is no wheelchair access to the theatre. This play is not considered to be suitable for young children.

Be My Baby 03A play set in 1964 about young mothers forced to give up their babies for adoption. The action of this bittersweet play is set in a Church of England institution where young, unmarried mothers-to-be spend the duration of their pregnancy. On birth, the baby is immediately handed over to adoptive parents; the mothers never see their child. It’s not all gloom and doom though, and the play includes music from the 1960’s both sung and played as part of the girls daily life in the home.

It’s 1964 but the sixties aren’t swinging for Mary Adams: 19-years-old, unmarried and pregnant. She is sent in secrecy and shame to St. Saviours, a Church of England mother-and-baby home run by a formidable Matron. Mary is set to work in the laundry and shares a room with the tough-talking Queenie. The girls in the home bond over a love of girl-group records, which entertain, console and inspire as the birth of their babies approaches. When Mary finds she is expected to give up her child for adoption, she begins a desperate fight. More on author’s website…

The cast is 6 women – 4 young and 2 older.

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Cast (in order of appearance):

Mary Adams - Willow Tate*
Mrs Adams - Helen Tate
Matron - Carolyn Taylor
Queenie - Lu Waywell
Dolores - Jade Atkinson*
Norma - Heather Kent*

See programme for further details.

Production No.202 (4 shows were performed over 4 days)