A highly physical piece combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word about the eco-system created behind closed doors and what the forest can teach us about ourselves. It’s about women and the struggles, guilt, and maternal mental health patterns that motherhood comes with alongside its hilarious and fantastical moments.
‘Above everything else, I am mother, care giver, friend, chief bum wiper and ninja, and it is by far the hardest most rewarding journey I have undertaken.’
’Raw, unadulterated, athletic art.’ ****Four Stars
Relishing the beautiful responsibilities of parenthood whilst laughing at the ridiculous, Mother Tree discovers how we are just like the oldest hub trees, suckling the young, sustaining those in need and creating a village.
The piece finds connection between the amazing cooperation, memory, healing and wisdom of the Mother Trees and our own incredible journey through motherhood.
RoguePlay is a UK based award winning highly physical theatre company, creating a unique style of narrative theatre using aerial and ground based circus, dance and spoken word. We produce both large scale outdoor family friendly spectacle and intimate autobiographical indoor shows. The distinctive creative tension that shapes the artistic focus, courageously tackles highly personal themes to promote female solidarity, social and environmental change and a positive image of women. We have a unique artistic practice, creating theatrical and emotional narrative content in both horizontal and vertical space. RoguePlay has an impressive 12 year history working with partners such as Commonwealth Games, Gravity & Levity and Nikon Photography. Our work has won awards for direction and performance and we have a passion for innovative storytelling that creates more opportunities for learning, sharing joy and celebrating solidarity.
RoguePlay is led by Kim Wildborne, Artistic Director spending 12 years developing RoguePlay from a small two hander into a thriving touring organisation. Kim is an award winning Circus and Physical Theatre Artist, consistently investigating aerial and acting technique in vertical space. Her work was recognised by the Women's International Film Festival where she won Best Director for dance theatre film 3am Waitress. Graduating from De Montfort, 2005, Kim has worked with Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Autin Dance, Birmingham Hippodrome, Panasonic and NoFit State.
Press & Reviews
West End Best Friend
**** Four Stars
'Wildborne’s acting throughout the piece, whilst completing spell binding tricks in the air, is a masterclass in physical theatre.'
FRANKLY MY DEAR
"...equally hilarious, inspiring, and heartfelt; bound to strike a chord with new and experienced mothers alike."
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
"The performance promises to take audiences through an emotional, powerful physical performance and be a conduit for talking."
Cast & Creative Team KIM WILDBORNE Writer & Performer
A highly recognised Circus and Physical Theatre artist in the UK, and RoguePlay's Artistic Director, consistently investigating aerial and acting technique in vertical space. Graduating from De Montfort, 2005, Kim has worked with Autin Dance, Birmingham Hippodrome, Nikon and NoFit State, wheelchair users, blind artists and is BSL trained.
Recent credits include;
Director of Taking Flight, 30 outdoor performances for visually impaired audiences.
Director and Performer of A feminist family friendly version of Around The World In 80 Days.
Director of 3am Waitress, Her first Award winning film
Funded by Arts Council England DYCP: Research project 'The effect of Risky and Acrobatic Play on the Brain Development of Babies and Young Children'
LORNA MEEHAN: Co-Director
Lorna is an acclaimed Performance Poet, writing much of the narrative that form a distinctive part of RoguePlay’s work. She particularly enjoys modernising classic texts, with which the Company have had successful runs, such as their sell-out tour of ‘Blood Wedding’. Graduating from De Montfort, 2004, Lorna has worked with The Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, Women and Theatre, Kiln, Stan’s Cafe, Somesuch Theatre and Outspoken. She has performed at Glastonbury and Ledbury Poetry Festival, and toured with Apples and Snakes. Lorna is an experienced voice over artist and is currently performing her second solo show ‘No Entry’.