Mum’s the word in new production

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on February 21, 2020

MUMS are the centrepiece of a new performance work currently based at Vancouver Arts Centre.

Perth-based company Whiskey & Boots created Mama Stitch two years ago as a way for people to talk about their mothers.

Performer Georgia King said people often had

complicated relationships with their mothers, so she thought it was a good place to “mine” for a performance idea.

Mama Stitch utilises storytelling, verbatim performance and music to re-tell tales about mums the company has collected from various people in the Albany community.

“Mums are often the unsung heroes of regional communities,” King said.

“They influence you in all kinds of ways.

“They [stories] are so amazingly emotional, and we want to set them free.”

in Albany was that stories were often about resilience.

To remain authentic to those stories, she and the other three performers “get out of the way” to present each tale.

Original music accompanies the telling of each individual story.

“It’s a powerful thing, seeing and listening to a story being reflected back,” King said.

“It’s like a window into that person.

“It’s palpable, the emotions felt during the performance.”

Mama Stitch will play at Vancouver Arts Centre tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, and March 5, 6 and 7.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Tickets can be purchased at