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Presented by never.the.less productions in association with the Tasmanian Theatre Company.

The Motherload is a creative documentary performance exploring the beauty, grotesque and poetic in the madness and mundane of motherhood.

I need to do something about the power supply being so close to my head. I might get a brain tumour and die then the kids won’t have a mother and they’ll carry trauma for the rest of their lives. I forgot to buy teddy bear biscuits for lunch boxes…

Developed over several years in collaboration with mothers across Tasmania, The Motherload Collective present an interactive live gameshow: two teams compete for the crown of Ultimate Queen Mumma in a series of


Bizarre, boisterous and hilarious tasks torn from the very real experiences of motherhood throughout its stages, while the Collective’s accumulated multimedia research materials offset this riotous battle with poignancy, relief, and chaos.

I need to stop thinking and meditate! How did I do it in pregnancy yoga?

Concept and Direction by Julie Waddington

created with
Carrie McClean
Bryony Geeves
Melissa King
Rebecca Thompson

Sound Design by Jacky Collyer
Production Design by Ros Wren
Project Mentor Roslyn Oades

Launceston | Junction Festival 2 – 4 September 2021
Hobart | Peacock Theatre | 30 September – 2 October 2021

Rehearsals will be open to the public, and performance times numerous and varied to increase accessibility for parents and children. Babes in arms are always welcome, as are the many interruptions that come with the territory of motherhood.

Thursday 30 September 2021, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday 1 October 2021, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday 1 October 2021, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 2 October 2021, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday 2 October 2021, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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Adult $45 / Concession $30

Tickets available ONLINE via the Tasmanian Theatre Company website



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