video excerpts of songs and the audience reactions
from the Showcase Concert in London's West End
This musical follows a year in the lives of four female friends as they juggle relationships, parenthood, work and the pressure to "do it all".
'The (M)other Life' is an exciting new musical comedy about mothers, wives and their complicated lives, created by Australian chart topping singer/songwriter Amity Dry.
It centres around four best friends; Jessie, who’s returned from six years abroad to plan the wedding of the century; Kate, a career focused entrepreneur who doesn’t like kids but has just done a positive pregnancy test; Bec, a stay at home mum of three who’s trying not to lose her mind and Lily, a busy café owner who appears to have the perfect life, if only her husband would speak to her.
Every Friday the women meet in Lily’s cafe and share their lives with one another, revealing the often-unspoken realities of relationships, parenthood and the juggle to ‘do it all’. Through their every-day experiences we witness a raw, heart-warming and laugh-out-loud look at the challenges we all face, the strength of women and the power of friendship.
Both an entertaining musical comedy and thought provoking drama this uplifiting new musical will make you laugh and cry, and gasp....
ultimately, it will tell the truth about... the (m)other life.
Promotional Video and Vox Pops from the Australian production
from the 2015 Australian Touring production of the show,
previously titled 'Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life"
from the 2015 Australian Touring production, and of the New York Musical Theatre Workshop
“This beautifully written musical
explores the reality of marriage and motherhood…Where Dry has succeeded is in writing an endearing story that moves between lighter and darker moments seamlessly… …that carefully balances hilarity with poignancy. The funnier moments are appropriately over-the-top, while the darker moments are handled with tenderness and sincerity…”
Alison Hillbig, Theatre People
“There’s much humour in all of this but also a good-hearted realism about the physical realities of birth and babies and sexuality that the cast (and the audience) clearly relishes.
It certainly deserves to find an audience who will appreciate its frankness, energy and fun.”
Alana Maclean, published in
The Age, Sydney Morning Herald,
Canberra Times, The Guardian
“This is the start of something big
for this witty musical comedy...
It's slick and snappy, with witty lyrics and belly laughs aplenty... Take your mum, your sister, your long suffering husband or your best friend to this entertaining and honest account of life as a modern woman”
Amity Dry has nailed it.
This sassy, tell-it-how-it-is story seems so obvious it’s a wonder no one has thought of it before… 4.5 stars out of 5”
Jo McEniery, ArtsHub
“Highly recommended. Fantastic!”
Rip It Up Magazine
"intelligent songs and excellent performers creates
abundant laugh-out-loud moments...
Dry bravely includes serious emotional moments that address some rarely spoken truths behind motherhood. The risk pays off with a deeper, more involving show that provides food for thought in addition to all the laughs.”
Simon Parris, Man in Chair
“If you’re lucky, you find musicals that are funny and endearing and speak to you on a personal level. This is one of those musicals… extremely clever …
genuinely warm and witty
and great entertainment value.
Carol Drouyn, Stage Whispers
“Not since I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary as a desperately single 30 year old (with a fondness for enormous granny pants and emotionally stunted men) have I identified so strongly with a story. (It) is hands down my favourite musical of all time because it so sublimely captures the joys of motherhood along with the moments that have us reaching for the wine ... Go see it. Then just try and wipe the smile off your face.
It is nothing short of brilliant.”
Rebecca Sparrow, Mamamia.com.au
“A chick’s night out, a celebration of female friendships and
a laughing examination of girl power.
At a time when new musicals all seem to be imported re-hashes of movies, this is a home-grown gem.”
Adelaide Theatre Guide
"With a fantastic pop score the show moved the audience from laughter to tears, as it poignantly touched on what it is to be a woman. If you are a Mother, or a Wife, or have one in your life,
you will love this incredible show"
Mary Kate Burke
Director of Programming
New York Musical Theatre Festival
presentation of the show,previously titled "Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life"
london showcase concert
wyndhams theatre - london's west end
anita louise combeL I L Y
Thriving restaurant owner,
Is her picture perfect
life all it seems?
Book, Music & Lyrics
Showcase & Workshop Direction
Sound Equipment Generously provided by
LX Equipment Generously provided by
Artwork and Website
UK Producer & General Management
Elliot Sinclair for Autograph
M. S. Ferguson & Colm O'Regan
Terry Jardine & Scott Arnold, Autograph Sound
Simon Arnold, Whitelight
Daniel Sparrow Productions
After pooling some of London's top artistic and creative talent for an intensive workshopping process, a hugely successful "showcase" concert performance was presented at the beautiful Wyndhams Theatre in London's West End.
With a 9 piece band with orchestrations from top theatre/pop orchestrator Matt Brind (X Factor UK) and some of the West End's most acclaimed leading ladies, the showcase was met with huge acclaim from the audience, with a full standing ovation and brilliant reactions and responses from audience members and industry practitioners alike, who were moved to tears of laughter and emotion in equal measure.
Cast and Creative team who put together the showcase are listed below - and all videos and photographs on this site are from the Wyndhams Theatre Showcase Concert in London.