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The Motherhood Project

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Time: Available to stream any time between the 19 Apr – 2 May.

Tickets: Pay What You Can (suggested price £10) All ticket sales include a 50% donation to Refuge.

Running Time: Films range from 2 – 16 mins.

Age Guidance: 14+

To watch the performance, you’ll need a laptop or desktop computer.

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All ticket sales will include a 50% donation to Refuge.

The Motherhood Project is an online festival of dramatic monologues and real-life reflections by leading UK artists and thinkers. 

In 2020 curator Katherine Kotz invited writers, artists and technicians to join forces to create exciting new pieces of work during the lockdown, with the aim of supporting  vulnerable women and children affected by the pandemic.   

Fifteen short films explore the guilt,  joy, absurdity, pressure and taboo surrounding motherhood, offering a fascinating cross-section of perspectives. 

Writers and contributors include Lemn Sissay MBE, Juno Dawson, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Anya Reiss, Hannah Khalil, Suhayla El Bushra, Irenosen Okojie and more.

Produced by Katherine Kotz in association with Drift Studio. 

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Part of our Wild Times Season

Writers and contributors: Anya Reiss, Lemn Sissay MBE, Suhayla El-Bushra, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, EV Crowe, Siggi Mwasote, Irenosen Okojie, Hannah Khalil, Naomi Sheldon, Jodi Gray, Juno Dawson, Joelle Taylor, Athena Stevens, Kalhan Barath, Katherine Kotz

Directors: Akinola Davies, Maria Aberg, Caroline Byrne, Annabel Arden, Jennifer Tang, Tim Hoare, Elin Schofield, Sam Phillips, Anya Reiss

Actors: Sarah Niles, Emmanuella Cole, Tsion Habte, Tom Rhys Harries, Naomi Sheldon, Zainab Hasan, Jenni Maitland, Landry Adelard, Katherine Kotz

Trailer created by Drift Studio.

The Motherhood Panel

Motherhood and the Arts: Rebuilding after Covid

22 Apr
7pm – 8pm

This panel discussion will explore the realities faced being an artist and a mother, the division of labour pre and post Covid and what individuals, policy makers and organisations can do to address some of the challenges. Panel members include the playwright and creator of Emilia Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, award-winning author Irenosen Okojie, actor, writer and co-host of The Pleasure Podcast Naomi Sheldon and Lakuta vocalist Siggi Mwasote.

Book Your Place


As part of our wider commitment to making the arts accessible to everyone, all performances at Battersea Arts Centre will now be part of our universal Pay What You Can pricing model.

Use the slider on the booking page to decide how much you want to pay for your ticket. To give you a guide, the slider is set at a recommended price for each event. Any amount paid over this will help us continue to make our events accessible to everyone, whilst supporting our activities with artists, young people and our local community.

Head to our blog to find out more about Pay What You Can.


Once you have booked your ticket for your chosen show, you will receive a confirmation e-ticket from our box office to confirm your purchase. Ahead of the start date of your performance, you will receive a pre-show email from us containing everything you need to know about how to stream your content.

You will be directed to the event page where there will be the option to login with your account details used to buy your tickets, and from there you will be able to stream your content.



Please note whether your chosen performance has a specific start time or is available ON DEMAND for the duration of the show run.


This event takes place online.

If you’ve booked a ticket, you’ll receive an email in advance with helpful information.

All films will be captioned.


  • Contains references to childbirth, miscarriage, sex and mental health.

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to. You can adjust the brightness and volume of your device at any time.

If you need to take a break, we recommend moving away from your device to do so. If you decide to turn off the performance, you will be able to stream the content another time so long as it is before 12:00am on the final show date.

Further Information


Pre-Show Information