Mary & The Matrons
It’s the start of the Swinging Sixties, Harold Macmillan says “We’ve Never Had It So Good” and dauntless Dr Mary Sheridan is on a nationwide inspection tour of “Mental Deficiency Hospitals”, the places many children with learning disabilities lived out their childhoods.
It’s also the start of the tricksy twenty-twenties and Millie Moore, a tenacious school leaver, wants to find the right placement to follow her star.
Both Mary and Millie know things never work till everyone sings from the same song sheet. Can Mary change the system in time for Millie to get her chance? Six short decades later, we’ll find out.
Inspired by the inspection reports of Dr Mary Sheridan, this workshop performance of a hilarious and heartfelt new musical-in-development features a band, an infectious 60’s-inspired soundtrack, Makaton signing and integrated cast.
Mary & the Matrons is created by award-winning Northcott Associates, Documental Theatre and is supported by Stage One & Hijinx Theatre, in partnership with Makaton Charity, with funding from Arts Council England.
The final performance of the run (Sat 21st Oct) will feature a curtain raiser performance by local Makaton choir Sing & Sign Jukebox, starting at 7.10pm.
Check out our Mary & The Matrons visual story to learn more about the cast, the characters, the show details, the sounds you can expect to hear during the show, and an illustrated story of the show using communication in print widgets.
Book/Lyrics – Lucy Bell
Music – Ben Glass
Director – Sarah Meadows
Producer – Naomi Turner
Assistant Producers – Jessamie Edkins-O’Brien & Jessica Fulton