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Mother and the Monster

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Mother and the Monster

The Golf Tavern

30-31 Wright’s Houses (Next to Bruntsfield Links)
Upstairs: AUG 19-25 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free/By donation

Mother and the Monster

How long can you keep a secret?

Charlotte White is a retired prop-maker who once worked with some of Hollywood's greatest legends. Her sudden disappearance from the world of film has been much discussed but the truth has never been revealed...can a young journalist change that?

When Charlotte agrees to an interview, she is hoping she'll be able to keep the details of her history private. But a voice from the cupboard keeps telling her to finally tell the world the truth.

“A funny and poignant piece of theatre”

-www.alledinburghtheatre.com

“Certainly set[s] the bar high…incredibly quick witted”

-The Student

A witty, engaging show, perfect for those who love to peek at what goes on behind the scenes of great movies. Mother and the Monster gives a voice to those who are often shunned to the back, and gives teeth to some who were robbed of their chance to shine.

First performed in 2017, the story of Mother and the Monster has only gained in relevance as we examine how women are treated in our great cultural institutions and whose stories get told.


News and Reviews for this Show

December 2, 2017   The Student

‘Mother and the Monster’ is the debut production of the newly formed Paradigm Lab, a new theatre company founded by recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh and student theatre veteran, Vlada Nebo who also serves as director. Paradigm Lab sets out to immerse audiences through experimental techniques of production and direction. For its first show Paradigm Lab has certainly set the bar high.

Inspired by the life true story of legendary costume designer Millicent Patrick; Rory Kelly’s script follows reclusive prop maker Charlotte performed (in a slightly exaggerated style) by Amelia Watson. Watson struggles to match the quick changing emotion of the script as her character guides the naïve protégé Polly through the toils of a male dominated industry and attempts to deal with the ‘Monster’.

The play certainly fulfils its goal to be a ‘feminist fairy tale’ with the contrasting personalities of the ambitious Lucy and cloistered Charlotte both struggling to defend the integrity of their work in male dominated creative industries – the younger Polly clearly represents the younger generations resistance to the pressures of the patriarchy. Sarika Mathur stands out as Lucy, managing to balance the paradoxical traits of excitability and rationality.

The cast work together in near perfect cohesion; Nebo’s direction is clever and dynamic, the transitions are seamless and energetically push the action forward despite a slightly slow start. The costume and set are relatively minimalistic, with the surrealism of the monster bringing a comedic edge to an otherwise frightening character.

Arguably the most impressive aspect of ‘Mother and the Monster’ is the way in which they use sound and light. Assembly Roxy is a relatively small theatre but the use of light makes the show even more intimate, narrowing us in on the action and making the audience feel incredibly close to the action on the stage (including me up in the Gods). Since the dialogue is incredibly quick witted the changes in light mirror and enhance this, echoing the feelings of the characters on stage and allowing their emotion to be conveyed to the audience.

Of course the monster is the catalyst for much of the fear in the show, whenever his character appears the music changes to create a sense of foreboding, but this style is slightly cliché though effective. The mood of the piece shifts quite dramatically and the technical effects serve to magnify these quick tonal changes.

‘Mother and the Monster’ is an impressive debut for Paradigm Lab and I eagerly await their forthcoming shows. It plays at Assembly Roxy until Saturday 2nd of December and, with student tickets only costing £6.50, it is well worth a watch. Click Here For Article


Mother and the Monster

December 2, 2017    The Student

Mother and the Monster

‘Mother and the Monster’ is the debut production of the newly formed Paradigm Lab, a new theatre company founded by recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh and student theatre veteran, Vlada Nebo who also serves as director. Paradigm Lab sets out to immerse audiences through experimental techniques of production and direction. For its first show Paradigm Lab has certainly set the bar high.

Inspired by the life true story of legendary costume designer Millicent Patrick; Rory Kelly’s script follows reclusive prop maker Charlotte performed (in a slightly exaggerated style) by Amelia Watson. Watson struggles to match the quick changing emotion of the script as her character guides the naïve protégé Polly through the toils of a male dominated industry and attempts to deal with the ‘Monster’.

The play certainly fulfils its goal to be a ‘feminist fairy tale’ with the contrasting personalities of the ambitious Lucy and cloistered Charlotte both struggling to defend the integrity of their work in male dominated creative industries – the younger Polly clearly represents the younger generations resistance to the pressures of the patriarchy. Sarika Mathur stands out as Lucy, managing to balance the paradoxical traits of excitability and rationality.

The cast work together in near perfect cohesion; Nebo’s direction is clever and dynamic, the transitions are seamless and energetically push the action forward despite a slightly slow start. The costume and set are relatively minimalistic, with the surrealism of the monster bringing a comedic edge to an otherwise frightening character.

Arguably the most impressive aspect of ‘Mother and the Monster’ is the way in which they use sound and light. Assembly Roxy is a relatively small theatre but the use of light makes the show even more intimate, narrowing us in on the action and making the audience feel incredibly close to the action on the stage (including me up in the Gods). Since the dialogue is incredibly quick witted the changes in light mirror and enhance this, echoing the feelings of the characters on stage and allowing their emotion to be conveyed to the audience.

Of course the monster is the catalyst for much of the fear in the show, whenever his character appears the music changes to create a sense of foreboding, but this style is slightly cliché though effective. The mood of the piece shifts quite dramatically and the technical effects serve to magnify these quick tonal changes.

‘Mother and the Monster’ is an impressive debut for Paradigm Lab and I eagerly await their forthcoming shows. It plays at Assembly Roxy until Saturday 2nd of December and, with student tickets only costing £6.50, it is well worth a watch. Click Here For Review


Mother and The Monster

December 2, 2017    All Edinburgh Theatre

Mother and The Monster

The power of our darkest secrets is explored in Mother and The Monster, a refreshing debut by Edinburgh theatre group, Paradigm Lab.

This new play by Rory Kelly, directed by Vlada Nebo, explores the life of those who mainly remain firming behind the camera, giving an interesting take on those professions that we rarely shine a spotlight on.


Angus Gavan McHarg and Amelia Watson. Pic Andrew Perry

It’s in the downstairs room of Assembly Roxy that we meet legendary prop maker, Charlotte, who has turned into a recluse since missing out on an Oscar many years before.

As the play begins, Charlotte is living alone with her cleaner and biggest fan, Julia, for company. However, we soon find out that’s not the only presence in Charlotte’s house as she also has a monster of her own creation living in her cupboard.

It’s not until she finally breaks her silence and tells a wannabe journalist her biggest secret, that the Monster finally leaves her alone for good.

Amelia Watson gives an excellent performance in the lead role of Charlotte, a part which sees her on stage throughout the entire show. She’s has the power to make the audience laugh out loud, but really shines in the second act during her emotional confession that someone else claimed credit for famous horror movie monster that has haunted her life ever since.

animated performance
Angus Gavan McHarg makes the best use of the stage during his animated performance as the Monster in Molly Lambourne’s bright and colourful (but hardly scary) costume. During the first half of the show it can be a little confusing to figure out who this Monster is, but as the story develops in the second half it all becomes much clearer.



The cast is completed by Julia Weingaertner, who plays the loveable and shy Polly, and Sarika Mathur, who is pretending to be a journalist. Both actors give strong performances filled with humour as they support Charlotte throughout the show.

Monster and the Mother is a funny and poignant piece of theatre by an exciting and talented new theatre company that it’s definitely worth keeping your eye on. Click Here For Review