Dates and Times
Sun 13 March at 6pm
Presented by Libby Liburd
Work in Progress performance
In the UK, there are around two million single parents.
Of these, the vast majority – more than 9 out of 10 single parents – are mothers.
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 the reality of being a single mother? Raising a child, or children, alone can be a rewarding, yet isolating experience. We rarely hear the real voices of women who raise their children alone, within intrinsic social structures that may victimise and disempower lone mothers.
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. Single parent households have been the hardest hit household types by tax and benefit reforms since 2010.
MUVVAHOOD 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, developed, written and performed by Libby Liburd. Directed by Julie Addy.
Part of Sprint Festival 2016: London’s biggest and best festival of the newest, most adventurous theatre from across the UK and beyond.
Catch MUVVAHOOD in a double bill with D-Code on the same evening. Two shows for just £16!
About the Artist
Libby Liburd is an actor and writer from East London and a graduate of East 15 Acting School. She is the single parent of a teenage son.