'Above everything else, I am mother, care giver, friend, chief bum wiper and ninja, and it is by far the hardest most rewarding journey I have undertaken.'
Inside each forest is a complex network of trees, intricately linked by a connective tissue to each other and to one life giving tree. The oldest and the strongest, the one with the most potent power,
The Mother Tree.
Pumping her sap through the root system to heal and protect her seedlings. A mysterious powerful entity that nurtures her kin and sustains her forest. She breaks, they all break.
Mother Tree is a 75 minute solo show about motherhood, nature and maternal mental health. A highly physical piece combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word exploring our deep connections with the forest and its hub trees, Mother Trees.
The stage is a mess, just like the family home. There is an ever reaching pile of laundry that spans floor to ceiling and toys for all imaginable circumstances. Woven across the floor, reaching its tendrils into each inhabitable human space, is a tree root system. A symbol of our symbiosis with the forest, nature entering and thriving underneath every footprint. Out of the roots rises the aerial silk, taking the theatre from horizontal to vertical space.
Mother Tree has been performed both indoor and out and is a conduit for talking, empowering women and recognising the journey with all its brilliant and fantastical moments, both funny and honest. It re-connects this lifelong job to nature, and pushes against the belittling of it through social conditioning.
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Wildborne’s acting throughout the piece, whilst completing spell binding tricks in the air, is a masterclass in physical theatre. **** Four Stars (West End Best Friend 2021)
TILT Festival July 2019
TILT Festival July 2021
Artix Arts Centre 2018
Fringe August 2021
Fringe August 2022
Waterside, September 2022
Writer & Performer: Kim Wildborne
Co-Director: Lorna Meehan
Sound & Lighting: Richard Gillett & Liam Walsh
Video: Rebecca Head
Photos: Richard Battye