Medicines’ Monstrous Daughters

Audio described in-house.

Different women. Different times. Same system.

Two powerful plays, inspired by real life events, are woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths about the treatment of people deemed ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ and asks how much of our humanity do we lose in search of the cure?

Julie McNamara’s Monstrous Daughters is a funny and haunting story, told from the perspective of Mad Mary, on the run from ‘the specimen collectors’. Hidden amongst the human specimens in an old museum, Mad Mary searches for her lost baby, and encounters Walter Riddle, looking for the bones of an Irish giant whose dying wish was to avoid ending up on display. They bring the grisly reality of body snatching to light and invite audiences to question our attitudes towards difference.

Medicine, the extraordinary debut play by Omikemi, looks at contemporary experiences of the mental health system by women of African heritage and unravels a hidden tale of unethical medical experimentation and exploitation.

The story moves between the lives of Elaine and Kem, struggling against a system that seems only to want to make them compliant and invisible and Elsie Lacks, institutionalised at the age of 10 and experimented on without her family’s consent. Elsie’s mother, Henrietta Lacks, was the source of the eternal HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines ever used in medical research. Those cells were taken without her permission.

Together, these plays tell some of the untold stories behind medicine’s ‘magical’ gains.

Written by Julie McNamara and Omikemi.

Directed by Penelope Freeman.

Supported by ARC, Stockton Arts Centre and City Bridge Trust.

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Image description: an old, glass bottle standing against a shadowy dark background. Inside the stained bottle is the face of a young women, her raised hands are pressed against the glass.  The woman’s dark eyes stare out at us, straight, dark hair frames her pale face. Below her face the label on the bottle is printed with the title of the production MEDICINE’S MONSTROUS DAUGHTERS in large black letters.

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