There is not a single negative thing to say about the play as a whole. The five stars are well earned!
★★ ★ ★ ★ Plays To See
Jemma Gross’s direction coupled with Harper’s presence intermingle to keep the pace– often the downfall on one- handers — by racing between Em’s frenetic state of mind and her quieter reflections.."
★ ★ ★ ★ Reviews Gate
Old Red Lion 12th February – Saturday 2nd March 2019
Director Jemma Gross
Writer & Performer Rachel Harper
Designer Florence Hazard
Lighting Designer Sherry Coenen
Dramaturg Rachel Barnett-Jones
Producer MissManaged Theatre
Em never meant to get married. She didn’t mean to be unhappy. It all just sort of happened by accident. Now, standing alone on the edge of a train station platform, she just wants to know… whose baby is this? Rattled takes the audience on a darkly funny journey through the events that led to Em standing alone on a station platform at her lowest ebb.
Missmanaged Theatre make their debut with Rattled, a vital new piece of writing exploring childhood trauma and postnatal mental health. This one-woman show puts childhood trauma under the microscope and reviews its effect on adult life in a witty examination of mental health, self-preservation and human resilience.
Rattled was created after a heart-breaking confession about motherhood inspired writer Rachel Harper to further explore postnatal mental health. Together with working mum and director Jemma Gross, they were inspired to actively help new mothers on and off stage by partnering with Bea & Co to make theatre more accessible. This bespoke childcare agency will be offering free childcare to those attending Sunday matinees and at-home discounted childcare to audience members attending evening shows.
Rattled looks at isolation and loneliness in busy cities and the effect this has mentally on someone who has already experienced terrible trauma. It puts the spotlight on postnatal mental health, on the lack of awareness of this often under-reported issue, and the lack of support for new mothers in the UK.