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The Mother Load

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre present THE MOTHER LOAD by Lynda Radley in association with Naked Productions Ltd.

The Fourth of our Sound Stage series, The Mother Load. Three first-time mothers meet at an ante natal class. Together they must confront their expectations of pregnancy in this funny and moving play about unlikely friendship and the messy realities of parenthood.

The Mother Load was originally commissioned by Stellar Quines Theatre Company. Lynda Radley is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg living in Scotland. Her many acclaimed plays include: The Interference, Happier or Better?, Futureproof, Birds and Other Things I Am Afraid Of, Berlin Love Tour, The Heights, The Art of Swimming, Soap! and Integrity. 

Her plays for radio include: Our Sentence (BBC Radio Scotland) and An Irish Airman Forsees His Death (BBC Radio 4).

Please be aware that this play contains dramatic scenes of birth, discussions of birth trauma and scenes of infant illness.  

Sound Stage is a new audio-digital platform offering audiences the chance to have an ‘at home theatre experience’ designed by theatre makers and leading audio digital technologists. Soak in the virtual theatre atmosphere, mingle with other theatre-goers, bring your drinks and chatter in a virtual bar; arrange to meet a friend from anywhere in the world! There will be a call bell to take your 'seats', and post-show talks too. We'll meet you there!

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Cast and Credits


Mobina - Nalini Chetty
Rowan - Anna Russell-Martin
Cat - Wendy Seager
Multi-Roller - Ros Sydney


Writer - Lynda Radley
Director - Isobel McArthur
Assistant Director - Amber Sinclair-Case
Composer - MJ McCarthy
Sound Designer - Jon Nicholls
Sound Recordist - Lisa Hack

Dates, Times & Prices

Fri 25 – Sun 27 June 
Fri & Sat 7pm and Sun 4pm.

Subscription for all 8 performances - £80

Early Bird Individual Tickets (available Mon 22 Feb - Wed 17 March) - from £12 per peformance
Standard tickets (bought after Wed 17 March) - from £15 per performance.

Take Part

Each performance includes a different Post-Show Talk each night!

Performance 1- Fri 25 June : Talk and Q and A about the new play The Mother Load 

Performance 2 - Sat 26 June: Talk and Q and A with members of the cast 

Performance 3 - Sun 30 May : In Context - an insight into the themes of the play with guests TBA