Seeds is a brand new play premiering at Leeds Playhouse from 21st – 29th February. Written by Mel Pennant, the play tells the story of two mothers united in sorrow. One Play More catches up with Mel to find out more about the show…
How would you describe seeds to someone who hasn’t seen it?
Two mums, either side of a racist murder, come together and explore what happened to their sons fifteen years earlier. They go to places no one else would take them to and in doing so come to an agreed truth which is life changing for both of them.
How would you sum up the play in three words?
Rollercoaster, awkward, emotional.
What inspired you to write the play?
In writing the play I was conscious that we rarely hear, in any depth, the stories of the families of people involved in tragedies and yet as a society we often judge them. I wanted to explore those stories through two mothers on either side of such an event and in doing so interrogate the very essence of motherhood. Those two women have a conversation that couldn’t happen without the other: they can face the depth of their despair and longing, how they define themselves in a space that is becoming even more limiting.
Why do you think it’s important that we discuss knife crime from the perspective of mothers?
Because it’s families, parents, mothers who are left with the aftermath. When the headlines are over, they are the ones who deal with the reality. I wanted to explore that reality.
What do you want audiences to take away from the production? What discussions do you want to inspire?
I hope audiences see my play as the beginning of a conversation. I hope that it enables audiences to see and engage with the complexities and layers of the issues discussed.
Are you interested in seeing seeds? Head over to the Leeds Playhouse website for more information.