MOTHERMORPHOSIS (noun) – A change in form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one.
When Liz Skitch became a mother in 2015, she knew that the only way to continue performing was to incorporate her children into her work as a theatre maker. An artist not shy of risk taking, her body of work includes breastfeeding her bouncing bub in character on stage, YouTube clips mocking ‘Mumma Bubba’ work outs and on other occasions inviting audience volunteers to partake in Kahlua and freshly pumped breastmilk shots! So it is no surprise that in her up and coming new solo show at La Mama, Mothermorphosis, which explores the challenges of becoming a mother, she will attempt to breastfeed a live chicken on stage…or will she?
Mothermorphosis celebrates motherhood in all its beauty and ugliness. With Skitch’s signature courage and take-no-prisoners humour, it explores the immense and sometimes surreal physical and emotional changes that all mothers encounter – sometimes coping … sometimes not.
And yes there IS a live chicken in the show. And hypno-birthing. And nudity. This is motherhood, laid bare.
Like the rest of the Australian theatre community debase was deeply saddened and shocked by the fire that ripped through the beautiful and iconic La Mama theatre. Thanks to the extraordinary hard work and tenacity of the La Mama team, the world premiere of Mothermorphosis went ahead, in Carlton’s Trades Hall.
Image by Nayt Houseman.
22 August – 2 September 2018
Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, Corner of Victoria and Lygon Streets, Carlton
Reviews for Liz Skitch
“Skitch is natural storyteller. She’s confident, zany and really sweet, and even when she’s being meowww catty you still want to take her home and introduce her to your mum.” – AussieTheatre
“One of Queensland’s brightest, most energetic and most colourful stage performers; a clown, a comic; a box of sparklers set alight and tossed into the night sky. Whiz. Bang. Boom.” – The Courier Mail
“Tour de force … Liz Skitch, step into the spotlight and take a bow.” – Weekend Notes
Writer/Performer: Liz Skitch
Director: Maude Davey
Designer: Lara Week
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Sound Designer: Chris Wenn