The City Theatre


by Sarah Rumfitt
Night-Light Theatre CIC

After giving birth, the midwife brings you toast; simple, medium cut, white Hovis that’s done a quick dip in the toaster, barely browned, overly buttered but the best thing Becky’s ever tasted. WARRIOR toast - transition toast - marking the end of pregnancy and the beginning of “Motherhood”. If only she knew what was coming... she’d have asked for the full loaf.

Following a year long struggle with post-natal depression, Becky and her son set off on their first walk together; they are going to the top of the hill; a place Becky would often walk alone before becoming “Mum”. Once they reach the top, Becky looks out over the path and the past in admiration of their resilience.

Toast weaves together text, spoken word poetry and physical theatre to shed light on one mother, and her son’s first year together; it's a play about postnatal depression, about Love, Loneliness and finding yourself in a new world. The piece is, in turns: funny, heart wrenching and ultimately empowering, Toast aims to open conversations and promote hope amongst mothers and their families.

The piece draws on the lived experience of the writer. Toast was awarded a Yorkshire Trios commission and will be performed at York Theatre Royal in March 2024.

About the writer:
Sarah now lives in the beautiful city of York; a place she’s called home for over 10 years, yet, she remains a northerner at heart and proud of her roots; growing up on a council estate in Washington; a place Geordies and Mackem's live side by side, where football rivalries are rife and “Curry, fried rice and chips” is a favourite family dish.

Sarah is a Mum, Dramatherapist and founding Director of Night Light Theatre CIC; At the heart of her work is a social justice agenda; a dedication to promoting hope through highlighting the strength and resilience of people.

50 mins


The City Theatre

Other Performances:

July 24, 2024 8.30pm
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