During childbirth, there’s a moment called the point of transition. It comes just before you have the urge to push. And it often brings with it a fear of death...
In raw detail, one woman confesses her darkest thoughts about motherhood. Its personal. But she challenges everyone to relate to what she has to say. After all, why is it that only stories with men at their hearts are seen as universal? Why is it always ‘everyman’ rather than ‘everywoman’? And why have female writers throughout history chosen anonymity?
In the medieval myth of Everyman, a male stand-in for humanity goes through a final reckoning before death. In this collaboration between the anonymous writer and performer Charlotte Merriam, a moment of ‘female reckoning’ is explored: motherhood (whether chosen or not), a role that threatens to bury the woman who came before.
Everywoman is a deep and dirty dive into being a woman, the danger of autobiography and the existential threat of motherhood. A one woman play by... anonymous.
Rachel Kraftman is an independent theatre producer. Current productions include 'Suffrageddon' (The Guilty Feminist), 'Rock of Ages' (UK Tour), 'Madagascar' (UK Tour), 'Variant 31' and in-house producer for The Stable Musicals. As well as extensive experience in commercial theatre production, Rachel has produced many productions on the London Fringe including shows at Zedel, Landor Space, The Vaults and the Finborough Theatre. Earlier this year Rachel collaborated with performer Charlotte Merriam on 'Dames' at the Pleasance Theatre and this production of 'Everywoman' is their next venture together.
Charlotte Merriam is an actor writer and comedian.
She graduated Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2015. Since then as an actor Charlotte recently played Unity Mitford in a BBC and Films D’Iris TV Series about the Mitford Sisters.
Charlotte has starred in a number of theatre productions and her debut sell-out comedy act was a huge success at the Hackney Attic in 2017 and is currently being developed at the SOHO Theatre Comedy LAB with Lee Griffiths, Alison Thea-Skott and Jamie Garven. She has also written for ITV’s ‘off their rockers’ and recently wrote and performed in The Pleasance Theatre’s ‘Dames’. She is one quarter of Siberian Lights Theatre Company.
Performer: Charlotte Merriam
Director: Amelia Spears
Dramaturg: Pia Furtado
Producer: Rachel Kraftman
Praise for 'Dames' (Pleasance Theatre)
"Dames is a wonderful, sticky, sparkly, vomit-inducing, tear-kerking mess and I absolutely adored it"
-- Theatre Bubble, 4 Stars
"A Truly heartwarming lovesong to female friendship in all its honestly beautiful ugliness"
- Spy In The Stalls