She Called Me Mother
A new play
When she gon come? I lookin at de people dem but I can’t see her. She a pretty lookin ting, she does stan’ out amongst these faces dripped in dissatisfaction…
Evangeline is waiting; she has been waiting a long time. She waits for the Black Swan to glide through the station and show her a little warmth and kindness. She waits for a ticket home to Trinidad, the sun, the mango trees, and the street vendors selling curry. She waits for Shirley the daughter she let walk away all those years ago.
I try not to tink about she too much, 'cause de pain dem thoughts bring it like a heard of buffalo runnin wild in a field, an I beneath dem foot.
Will her daughter ever return to her and can she ever forgive the Mother that let her go?
BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Cathy Tyson is best known for her stage work with the RSC and the Liverpool Everyman and on film in Mona Lisa (1986) starring alongside Bob Hoskins.
This original piece of drama written in the Trinidadian Vernacular poses questions about Evangeline's life and what it means to be elderly and homeless in our society today.
"I’m delighted that our consortium have selected such an exciting prospect for our first commission – the combination of experienced artists such as Cathy Tyson and Michelle Inniss, with an emerging director like Cara Nolan, signals the combination of quality and innovation which Black Theatre Live is all about. The poetry of the script blew me away and I’m looking forward to bringing our audiences an unheard voice and story told through powerful and engaging drama.”
By Michelle Inniss