Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington is directed by Steve Miller, Choreography by Raymond Tait and Produced by Sioned Jones for The Union Theatre from 9th – 27th February 2010.
A poignant drama about attitudes to teenage pregnancy in 60s Britain.
Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19 and seven months pregnant. Sent to a mother and baby home, Mary and her fellow inmates have to cope with the shame of their pregnancy and the dawning realisation they must give up their baby for adoption. Yet despite the daily battles with a no-nonsense Matron, the girl’s effervescence shines through. As they escape into the girl-groups songs they love, a touching and funny piece of work unfolds, which is not only punctuated but defined by the songs of the day.
Songs included in this wonderful play include the fabulous Chapel of Love (Dixie Cups), I don’t know What To Do with myself (Dusty Springfield) and You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes).
‘You don’t have to be young, female or unmarried to find it immensely touching’ The Times
Be My Baby was first produced by Soho Theatre (1998). It returned a year later in the opening season of Soho’s new Dean Street venue and then toured nationally. Be My Baby has been subsequently staged at Salisbury Playhouse, Olham Coliseum, Hull Truck. It is widely studied in schools and colleges across the country.
Steve Miller Steve first directed several years ago, his first production was a one man version of E. A. Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’ (Hoxton Hall), he then went on todirect a short play called Dark Wind (Etcetera). Steve then focused on his career as a Lighting Designer, which he loves. Currently his design can be seen at the Arts Theatre in ‘A Man Of No Importance’. Millers other credits include Windermere (Actors Studio, Liverpool), Little Boy (Union Theatre and Urban Arts Centre, Liverpool), Slip Up (Radio Drama). Steve is also involved with the Film Company 14 – 26, and was the 1st Asstistant Director on their first feature ‘Sunstroke’, the company are currently working with one of Steve’s scripts, and hope to go into pre – productionof the feature next year.
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