HUSH by Ciella Williams

Is the womb half full or half empty?”

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Earlier this year, our team was devastated to postpone the world premiere of ๐™ƒ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐˜พ๐™ž๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™– ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™–๐™ข๐™จ. Now weโ€™re thrilled to be getting the gang back together to present a ‘pay what you can’ live streamed rehearsed reading of this beautiful script straight to your couch at home! 

 The reading will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the playwright, director, and cast. 

 A donation link will be available on the night and all funds raised will support us to bring this script back to life in its 2022 Sydney return season at Flight Path Theatre.

Hush is a new Australian work developed by New Ghosts Theatre Companyโ€™s IGNITE Collective – a female-led, inclusive collective of theatre makers dedicated to the creation of new content by women, for women. Hush is a bold and innovative play in form and content: a magic-realist exploration of five young womenโ€™s experiences of birth and pregnancy, presenting honest and uncomfortable perspectives rarely seen on stage.

Nina is slowly losing her grip on reality. Lying in a pool of her own amniotic fluid in Darwin hospital, alone and paralysed by indecision, she is visited by her best friend who dreams of a different life for her, and an apparition of her mother as a young woman who will do anything to be forgiven. Is Nina too messed up to be a mother? Or is she old enough and ugly enough to see this through? And maybe that thing slithering around in her ultrasound isnโ€™t a baby at allโ€ฆ

Hush is the highly anticipated first full-length play by Darwin sensation, Ciella Williams. Conceived just days after giving birth to her own daughter, Hush cuts through our cultural narratives about motherhood โ€“ instead diving into the real fears and harsh realities of young women faced with this transformation.

This event is presented by New Ghosts Theatre Company in association with Australian Theatre Live and proudly funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW. 

Playwright: Ciella Williams
Director: Lucy Clements
Producer: Janine Lau
Production Designers: Cj Fraser-Bell & Ruru Zhu
Sound Designer: Clare Hennessy
Composer: Serina Pech
Lighting Designer: Kate Baldwin
Production Manager: Lillian Lee
Stage Manager: Milly Grindrod
Assistant Director: Emma Wright
Assistant Producers: Rebecca Abdel-Messih & Sarah Jasem

Performed in Sydney by Clementine Anderson, Rachael Chisholm, Sasha Dyer, Zoe Jensen & Stella Ye.

Poster & image byย Jacinthe Lau

Content Warning: Hush contains references to violence against women, as well as themes of fertility and birth (including miscarriage, birth-trauma, and post-natal depression). If this show brings up anything for you please contact BeyondBlue’s 24/7 Hotline at 1300 22 4636. 

Age Recommendation: 15+