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.
- 90 minutes
- 5 female, 5 male
- 2 actors can play all 10 roles. This is up to the directors discretion.
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre