Skip to main content

Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Popcorn Group


  • Non-socially distanced seating

Francesca Moody Productions, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Popcorn Group


  • Non-socially distanced seating
This event has passed.


by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director Abigail Graham

This unmissable new play is a collaboration between Francesca Moody Productions, original producer of Fleabag and the Olivier award-winning Baby Reindeer, and writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm whose hit show Emilia won three Olivier Awards in 2020.

All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done?

Motherhood. No one can prepare you for it. No matter how much you tell yourself you can do it – can you? Where’s the rush of love? When will you sleep again? What if the thing you fear most is also the thing you crave? All you wanted was one night of unbroken sleep, what have you done?

Nina is a new mum and tonight is her first night off. Tonight is about pizza and wine and letting go. But Nina didn’t feel prepared for motherhood and isn’t sure she fits the job description. Nina feels like she’s losing her grip.

This thought-provoking, funny and honest new play shines a light on early motherhood, anxiety and mental health. MUM examines the pressures, neuroses and complex emotions many women experience when they have a baby. At a time when mothers have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, never has it been more pertinent to explore these issues.

Set and Costume – Sarah Beaton
Lighting – Sally Ferguson
Sound Designer and Composer – Anna Clock
Movement – Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster
Associate Director – TD Moyo
Associate Producer – Kater Gordon
Production Manager – Hugh Borthwick


View Digital Programme

Important information

Event type:

  • Non-socially distanced seating

Running time:
1 hour

Age guideline:

Trigger Warnings:

Mum is a raw and real exploration of early motherhood. As such the play explore subjects which some audience members may wish to be aware of before arrival.

Should you wish to know more before booking please call our box office team on 01752 267222.


Audio Described Performance – Sat 09 Oct 7.45pm

BSL Interpreted Performance (BSL Interpreter – Trish Wright from Complete Communications) – Sat 16 Oct 7.45pm


 Babes in arms performance – Thu 14 Oct 2.15pm

Open to parents with children who can comfortably sit on laps/be carried. Low level lighting and doors open throughout performance. People welcome to move around and dip in/out of the auditorium as they need.


Please note, this show will be performed to a non-socially distanced audience.

A theatrical delight


One knockout moment after another

Independent on EMILIA


We are delighted to announce that Sophie Melville, Denise Black and Cat Simmons will appear in the world premiere of MUM, which opens in Plymouth this September and then moves onto Soho Theatre, London.

MUM CAST: Sophie Melville, Cat Simmons & Denise Black . Photographed by Jeremy Freedman

Sophie Melville


Theatre credits include: Masks and Faces (Finborough Theatre), Herding Cats (Soho Theatre); Living Newspaper (Royal Court Theatre), Pops (Roxy Assembly – The Stage Award for Outstanding Performance), Wolfie (Theatre503), Blue (Chapter Theatre); Close Quarters (Sheffield Crucible); Pops (Young Vic); No One Will Tell Me How to Start a Revolution (Hampstead Theatre); The Divide (The Old Vic); Pagans (Old Vic); Low Level Panic (Orange Tree Theatre); 2066 (Almeida Theatre); Blackbird (The Other Room Theatre, Wales Theatre Awards Best Female Performance); Insignificance (Theatr Clwyd); Iphigenia in Splott (National Theatre/Theater 59E59 NYC/The Sherman/Edinburgh Fringe Festival and International Tour, The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, Wales Theatre Award for Best Female Performance, Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress, Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance); Romeo and Juliet (The Sherman Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Theatr Clwyd Cymru); The Shape of Things; Tis a Pity She’s a Whore; See How They Run (Theatre by the Lake); Romeo and Juliet (The Sam Wanamaker Festival).

Television credits include: The Pact, Bang series 2, Call the Midwife, The Left Behind, The Missing 2 (all BBC).


Denise Black


Theatre includes: The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Theatre); Kindertransport (Nottingham Playhouse); Machinal (Almeida); The Cherry Orchard (Sherman Theatre); Winter Hill (Bolton Octagon); Pack (Finborough Theatre); Sister Act (UK Tour) Calendar Girls (Tour); Sisters (Sheffield Crucible); Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Long Road (Soho Theatre Company); Roots; Yerma; Mrs Warren’s Profession (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Seagull (Royal Court); Grumpy Old Women Live (Avalon); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Liverpool Playhouse); The Mistress (Cardiff Sherman Theatre), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Nottingham Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal).

Television includes: Queer As Folk, Cucumber, Bad Girls, Coronation Street; Emmerdale; Father Brown, Unforgotten, The Irregulars, Informer, Benidorm; Midsomer Murders; Exile; Small Island; Robin Hood; Dalziel and Pascoe; Sensitive Skin; Doc Martin, New Tricks, The Bill, No Angels, Born and Bred; To The Ends of the Earth; Hear the Silence; Serious and Organised; The Brief; Viva Las Blackpool; Waking the Dead; Daddy’s Girl; On Home Ground; Second Coming; Where the Heart Is; A Good Thief; Clocking Off; Inspector Lyndley; Mersey Beat; How to Love in the 21st Century; Peak Practice; Sins; The Vice; The Scarlet Pimpernel; The Pat Phoenix Story; A Touch Of Frost; Macbeth.

Film includes: The Last Tree, Last Orders.

Radio includes: Counter-Measures: Rise and Shine, Damaged Goods, Doctor Who.

Cat Simmons


Theatre includes: Come From Away (West-End); The Lady in the Van (Theatre Royal Bath); One Love (Birmingham Rep) Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange); Henry V (Regents Park); Midsummer Nights Dream (Lyric Hammersmith); The Witch of Walkeren (Watford Palace Theatre); Sid (Mercury Theatre); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough); Lightening Child and Macbeth (The Globe); Oliver (West-End) Decade (Headlong); And I And Silence (Finborough); Coming Home (Arcola); Been So Long (Young Vic); America Visions of Love (Winter Guests); Aladdin (Old Vic); We Happy Few (Malvern Theatres); Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/National Theatre Studio); Fame! (Cambridge Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind (Really Useful Group); Oliver (NYMT).

Film and TV include: The Holiday, Killing Eve, Ordinary Lies, Vera, Midsummer Murders, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Family Affairs, No Angels, Holby City, Girl’s Weekend, Big C, Children’s Ward, Postcode, Life & Lyrics.

Radio and voice recordings include: Bush Tales, Moonshadow, Factory Children, Hanging of Earnest Moon.