Be My Baby

Commissioned by Soho Theatre Company (1998)
Published by Nick Hern Books

Photo: Robert Day

“The thing is, I can feel it moving. I can feel it moving and I’m scared, you see? I’m scared I’m going to love it.”

It’s 1964 but the sixties aren’t swinging for Mary Adams: 19-years-old, unmarried and pregnant. She is sent in secrecy and shame to St. Saviours, a Church of England mother-and-baby home run by a formidable Matron.

Mary is set to work in the laundry and shares a room with the tough-talking Queenie. The girls in the home bond over a love of girl-group records, which entertain, console and inspire as the birth of their babies approaches. When Mary finds she is expected to give up her child for adoption, she begins a desperate fight.

Facts & Figures

Consistently appears in Nick Hern Book’s Top Ten Most Performed Plays

First production in Soho Theatre’s Four Plays: Four Weeks season was directed by Abigail Morris. Eleanor Bron, Diana Quick and Lucy Speed were among the cast.

Subsequent productions include Derby Theatre, New Vic Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and The Dukes, Lancaster. Has twice toured the UK with Soho Theatre (2002) and Anton Benson Productions (2016)

Recorded as a drama-documentary for BBC Radio 4, directed by Kate Chapman and Sara Conkey

Widely staged in schools and community venues as a GCSE & A Level text

Features in 100 Great Plays for Women by Lucy Kerbel.

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Reviews

Be My Baby

“Amanda Whittington, who was the first writer to give this subject dramatic treatment, is an undiscussed yet ubiquitous sort of writer. There's rarely a point at which a regional playhouse isn't performing one of her plays, and the text of this one has quietly slipped on to many GCSE reading lists.”

The Guardian

“Has the heartstring-tugging potency of a pop classic.”

Independent

“If this play were a person, you’d want to hold it and hug it.”

The Guardian

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