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Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest To Give Her Child To Gay People (Mariah MacCarthy)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2017

In this autobiographical account, Mariah McCarthy discusses her experiences of pregnancy, including coming to terms with giving her baby up for adoption and the various predicaments she suddenly had to face. It’s an entirely stripped back show; in parts of the production she’s simply sitting on a stool, addressing the audience in a direct, conversational way. Although this approach makes for very raw and honest storytelling, it does result in a piece that, at times, lacks tonal and dramatic variety. She is still an engaging performer however, and ‘Baby Mama’ never feels self-indulgent. Ultimately, this is storytelling at its purest, and it’s touching to witness someone sincerely share their deeply personal story on stage.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Amy Bonar]