Written by on January 27, 2020

A local arts project highlighting the impact of austerity on the lives of families around our town is set to be shown at The Hat Factory in March.

The Mother Monologues is a series of monologues and poems created by Luton mothers and carers from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds which focus on the hardship and pressures local people have faced in recent years as a result of public budget cuts.

The project is being produced by award-winning community broadcaster, activist and theatre maker Shemiza Rashid.

“The project is a testimony to the tenacity, will power and survival of women resisting austerity, allowing them to share their stories whilst helping their mental wellbeing,” says Shemiza, who presents The Urban Kube on Inspire FM.

“Now more than ever we need to shine a light on the voices who are more than a statistic, that are truly telling us what life is like living with austerity on the other side.”

Shemiza recently hosted a BBC Three Counties Radio show on which she was joined by some of the mothers (see image above).

She added: “We are really pleased to have received such positive reviews to the special Mother Monologues show.

“This is an emotional portrayal of life in modern Britain and we hope as many people as possible are able to see this production in March.”

Tickets are now on sale for the Mother Monologues on Friday 6 March, at the Hat Factory Arts Centre in Luton. Call the box office on 01582 878100, or book online at to book tickets.

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