‘Has the heartstring-tugging potency of a pop classic’. The Independent.
Gallery Players in association with Serendipity Theatre Company are pleased to bring you the regional premiere of Amanda Whittington’s touching yet funny play Be My Baby.
Be My Baby borrows the title of the 1963 single performed by The Ronettes and is a poignant drama about attitudes to teenage pregnancy in 60’s Britain. The play follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19 – and seven months pregnant. Sent to a church run Mother & Baby Home, Mary and her three fellow inmates have to cope with the shame of their pregnancy and the dawning realisation they must give up their baby for adoption. The bond between the four girls is strengthened as they escape into the girl group songs they love.
Amanda Whittington cleverly links the stories of the young women with popular girl group songs of the sixties (’Going to the Chapel’, ‘Past, Present and Future’, ‘So Young’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ and many more) which provide the soundtrack of the age and lighten the sadness of the situation. The songs are joyous, upbeat, exciting and empowering.
The appeal of Be My Baby is that it throws light on a decade which was heralded as the Swinging Sixties where barriers tumbled quickly but where the stigma of being a single parent was still rife.
Be My Baby is widely studied in schools and colleges across the country.