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21 May 2017

First Seen 2017: Hired Mother

Hired Mother by Cathy Petocz                                       

Hired Mother is a surreal, near-future drama about fantasy, fetish, and mother-daughter relationships.


It’s the moment. The daughter is approaching,  the mother stands to greet her. Something is wrong. The daughter stops just out of reach.  She is shaking, she is saying something that makes the mother very still.

The city of Canberra slows to a sinister halt as the cosmos rearranges itself in this new surreal, near-future drama. When a piece of moon rock witnesses the explosive break up between a mother and daughter, she propels herself to Earth to bring them back together. The moon rock ingénue hires the Mother to act out the mother-daughter lunch dates of her dreams while finding herself seduced into a secret love affair with the Daughter. She soon finds herself sabotaging the relationship she came to save so she can continue playing out her fantasies as lover and daughter. Blood is thicker than water, but when the tides are spilling over as the Moon approaches to punish her moon-shard daughter all sense of reality is swept away.

Cast:  Emma McManus, Isha Menon, Clare Moss, Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe

Director: Virginia Savage

Dramaturg: Peter Matheson


Cathy Petocz  is a Canberra-based theatre practitioner – a playwright, director, performer, and musician. Cathy’s first major work as a playwright, Where I End & You Begin, was staged in partnership with The Street Theatre in 2014. She writes and directs digital theatre works, such as Insomniac Attack (Canberra Youth Theatre, 2012) and the immersive whodunnit Cloakroom (creative development supported by artsACT, 2015). Cathy also writes and devises performative music works such as the Judy Blume-themed girl band Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret which had sell-out shows at Canberra’s You Are Here festival in 2013 and Melbourne’s Emerging Writers‘ Festival in 2014, before releasing an EP with Cinnamon Records. She recently co-founded arts collective Coup: Canberra, and directed Coup’s first show, a production of Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom, featuring a line-up of live experimental music acts (Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres' Ralph Indie Season, 2016).



More information

Ever wondered about the steps a writer takes to develop works for the theatre? Or how new plays and performance works are chosen for upcoming seasons?

The ever popular FIRST SEEN: new works-in-progress offers Canberra audiences the opportunity to be part of our creative process helping The Street  progress performance works to production-ready stage. First Seen offers a unique insight into development and is a vital part of our planning for future years as we seek to bring original and diverse Canberra stories to the stage.

Each writer has a dedicated workshop offering time, space, support, and expertise.  Canberra audiences (that's you) are given the opportunity to participate in the development process through the public showings where we open up the floor for a conversation with playwright, director, dramaturg and the actors. By sharing your thoughts with the creative teams you help assist us progress the works to production and get a sneak peek into Canberra’s ingenious artistic community.

Public Showing:

Sunday 21st May, 3pm

Street Three

All tickets $15 include glass of wine or hot beverage.

FIRST SEEN is a major investment in new ACT work and is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT.


15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


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