“Ripe tomato. She calls me ripe tomato. I ask her to smother me in olive oil. She smothers me in olive oil.”
Over the course of a feverish summer, newly-weds Cass and Peri’s lives are flung into disarray when their landlord falls desperately in love with Cass, abusing the full weight of his power to get in between her and her wife. Tugged between currents of triangulated jealousy, love and joy, they, and their closest friends, are pulled into the dangerous orbit of their landlord’s desire. This radical adaptation pulls Peribañez, a classic tale of love, sex and power into South London now, where its light and fast-paced touch resonates with powerful questions around hierarchy and consent, jealousy, justice and revenge.
Press & Reviews
★★★★★ (The Student): https://studentnewspaper.org/article/graceful-and-intelligent-baby-what-blessings-review
"unique in its sensitivity and insightfulness"
★★★★★ (Broadway Baby): https://broadwaybaby.com/shows/baby-what-blessings/745301
"Moving, original, decisive theatre."
★★★★★ (Broadway Baby, for Walk Swiftly and with Purpose): https://broadwaybaby.com/shows/walk-swiftly-and-with-purpose/738609
"genre-changing... a work of tightly-wound delight and heartbreak"
★★★★ (The Scotsman): https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/edinburgh-festivals/theatre-and-stage/theatre-review-baby-what-blessings-thespace-surgeon-hall-edinburgh-1410629
"In a festival with lots of people obsessing about themselves, it's a refreshing reminder to look beyond the drama in our own heads"
★★★★★ (Felix Arts)
"The extraordinary potential of the all-female crew behind this production is unprecedented; the way I see it the sky is the limit considering the resounding success of this play"
Cast & Creative Team Director: AVIGAIL TLALIM
Producer: IZZY PARRISS
Writer: SIOFRA DROMGOOLE, GRAINNE DROMGOOLE
Assistant Director: CARA DROMGOOLE
Gráinne Dromgoole – Cass
Yohanna Ephrem – Peri
Camila Segal – Ines
Os Leanse – Jeremy (Comendador)
Charlie Collinson – Ben
Olivia Mills – Lujana