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The London Mothers – Online Premiere 9th June 8pm

The London Mothers - Online Premiere 9th June 8pm

You are cordially invited to join us for the online Premiere of “The London Mothers”, a short play by artist Heidi Luker inspired by the history of Willersley Castle. The Arkwright family home was built in the late 18th Century and during the Second World War it became a maternity hospital..

The play follows the experiences of this time through the eyes of Mary and Doreen as they prepare to give birth 150 miles away from home. The two friends are evacuated to Willersley Castle, near Cromford, whilst friend Gladys remains in London. 4000 mothers were evacuated from London to Willersley at this time. ‘The London Mothers’ is informed by real life stories of mothers, those born at the castle and former nurses and midwives through interviews Heidi has conducted.

The work is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site’s Great Place Scheme creative programme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, produced by Beam. Special thanks go to the University of Derby’s Acting and Stage Management Departments.


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