When a Sixteenth Century Breton Bishop lays his hands on his illegitimate daughter he releases the spirit of the Bean Nighe, the ancient Celtic Goddess of Slaughter, unleashing a tide of revenge and retribution that can never be sated, a relentless domino effect, which rushes forward through history, infecting all who come after, tainting every heart and cutting innocence off at its knees.

I Hate You My Mother traces the path of one poisoned ancestral seed – Sister Bonaventura, a Medieval, Breton nun with a dark past. Defiled by her ‘father of the cloth’, she goes on to become a bride of the only groom who will have her, Christ, and to birth her own bastard, Peter Paul, the future representative of God on earth. We follow their descendants as they navigate their poisoned destinies:

LADY MAKEPEACE, an Eighteenth Century peasant girl made good

PATRICIA, a schizophrenic fantasist holed up in a New South Wales mental hospital

GAYLENE, a real live Irish banshee masquerading as a dementia patient

TAMORA-SUE, a white trash sociopath with a passion for self-improvement

Viewed through the shifting lens of time, five scenarios unpack the cultural and religious prejudices that have both birthed and perpetuated the oppression of the weak through mental and physical cruelty. A shot at redemption comes in the unexpected form of serial-killer, Tamora-Sue, who has her own psychotic, twisted plan to break the chain.

"…a complete delight and thrill to witness... The writing is clearly thick with intelligence and deep mystery which always requires a level of eloquence and magnetic performance. Cronin held that curiosity in the palm of her hand and refused to settle anything quickly…"
- Sabrina Stubbs, Talking Arts

"I Hate You My Mother is an intriguing exploration of dirty little secrets that plague multiple generations of women. Presented with passion and mystery, this is an interesting new play that will satisfy audiences that enjoy being challenged with thought provoking, intelligent works." - Jade Kops, Broadway World.

"You may need a drink to steady your nerves: The themes of I Hate You My Mother are often dark … incest, child abuse, but once the lights come up you won’t spend the rest of the evening in a horror-filled daze. You will instead remember being mesmerised..." - The Plus Ones.

"Jeanette’s writing has always been excellent, but this play is her best yet." -Jenny Bromberger.

  • thriller
  • 90
  • 10 total
  • 5 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • culturally and linguistically diverse, women
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 1

EXTRACT: [IN PURGATORY, FALLEN ANGEL PETER-PAUL PRAYS TO GOD IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS ABUSIVE MOTHER, FALLEN ANGEL BONAVENTURA.] FALLEN ANGEL PETER-PAUL: Let us pray for little ones Robbed of their born innocence; Hearts of whom are all undone Ripped apart neath sweet incense. They will never trust again Father Love and sacred kin; Men of cloth who reap the grain Feeding fat on mortal sin. Little lambs who needed us, Hearts a'drowned in fathom deep;


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 1

EXTRACT: [IN PURGATORY, FALLEN ANGEL BONAVENTURA TAUNTS THE SON SHE HAS ABUSED AS HE PRAYS TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.] FALLEN ANGEL BONAVENTURA: No my angel pure and bright You give me the royal shits; Blinded dumb by righteous light, Such a man does not exist. Men of frock who hold the clock, They do steep the path in fear. Tick a tock upon their cock 'Less you first can meet their leer.

Adult language, Adult themes


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 42

EXTRACT: [Sister Bonaventura prepares her bastard son for the Vatican.] SISTER BONAVENTURA: You my sweet will never know Th'bitter taste of sharp sorrow; You are groom'd for greater things, Greater still than golden rings N'worldly tricks that most revere.

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