NEWS: Purple Moon Drama to Bring The Wedding Speech to the VAULTS Festival

The production will run as part of the festival from the 21st to the 24th February.

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It has been announced that Purple Moon Drama will present Cheryl May Coward-Walker’s one woman show as part of the 2023 VAULT Festival in February.

Rosemary is preparing to do a speech at her mother’s wedding and is trying to decide what to say, as her relationship with her mother has been a little less than rosy. Rosemary yearns for emotional connection but shuns it at the same time after years of a co-dependent and toxic relationship with her mother that is taking a long time to unpick. But Rosemary will have to leave her hiding spot eventually to give her speech; she’ll have to decide whether to take the high road – or have the last word.

Talking about the play Cheryl May Coward-Walker said: “This is the mother and daughter relationship we’re sold from sitcoms to romcoms, and more often than not by our nearest and dearest, but what happens if your maternal bond doesn’t fit the “my mum is my BFF” mould? The Wedding Speech is an amusing take on a less-than-rosy mother and daughter relationship. The work involved in this isn’t easy, but it has the power to heal entire generations. To reduce this conversation to indulgent mum-bashing is to rob people of their healing. Healing gives us options. It’s empowering to know that you get to choose a better way of being. Nothing is fixed. You can cultivate the freedom.”

Directed by Simone Watson-Brown, the play will be performed by Princess Donnough. The creative team behind the production also includes: set designer Paula Chitty, sound designer Wil Pritchard and stage manager Lauren Wedgeworth.

Purple Moon Drama help creative young people from marginalised backgrounds develop their connections and confidence to better access the creative industry. They offer a plethora of programmes and support for those who identify as being part of a marginalised group, from CV support to School Drama clubs and Facilitator Training. Purple
Moon Drama seek to improve the diversity of the arts and the professional ecosystem within it.

After its run at VAULT Festival, the production will then visit the Soho Theatre for a two night run on the 1st and 2nd March.

To book tickets for the run at the VAULT Festival visit: https://vaultfestival.com/events/the-wedding-speech/

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