A Mother's Song

Wed 9 June

Rewrites: A Mother's Song

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Tue 8-Thu 10 June 7:45pm

The Lowry’s annual mini-musical theatre festival REWRITES returns with 3 new musicals in development. But this year we are going BIG! For the first time, the performances will take place on our huge Lyric stage and audiences will be sat onstage with the performers. AND we are streaming these exciting new shows online through the platform from Fri 11 June.

The new musicals-in-development showcased at REWRITES will include:

  • GAME THEORY by Rachel Bellman and Josh Bird, developed by Perfect Pitch
  • A MOTHER’S SONG by Finn Anderson and Tania Azevedo
  • 34 by Drew Dillon, presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment

Live at The Lowry – Wed 9 June at 7:45pm (limited capacity with social distancing in place)
Watch online at from Sat 12 June (link to site)

A concert-style performance

Created by Finn Anderson and Tania Azevedo

Three remarkable women at different times in history, all linked by bloodline, find connection through the traditional folk ballads passed down their family tree. These songs have traveled the globe, from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and into the Appalachian mountains. And in modern-day New York, Sarah’s rediscovery of these songs and the family stories embedded within them, help guide her through life-changing events and decisions. Can Sarah maintain her identity as an independent, queer woman in NYC, without abandoning the traditions of her childhood?

A contemporary new musical with an original pop-folk score from award-winning composer Finn Anderson.


hugely impressive in its exploration of complex themes… a musical of considerable depth and power… a beautiful and deeply personal work of theatre”

(Broadway Baby)


as refreshing as it is heartbreaking… Finn Anderson’s creation is rare in that it allows its folk music to be more than pretty. It’s percussive, visceral, and passionate… an important show”

(Musical Theatre Review)

Created by Off West End award-winning team Finn Anderson and Tania Azevedo.

A Mother’s Song was originally commissioned by the American Music Theatre Project and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then is has been developed further through a 4-week residency in Chicago with American Music Theatre Project.


Cast includes:

Kirsty Findlay ( Islander: A New Musical; Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour)

Caroline Kay (The Space Between; The Clockmaker’s Daughter; Daisy)

Tanisha-Mae Brown (Chicago, Pippin)

Ayesha Quigley (Brooklyn; Back To The Future The Musical; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

Connor Going (Footloose, The Choir of Man, A Christmas Carol)

Melanie Bell (Miss Julie, Man of La Mancha, Hi, My Name is Ben)

Finn Anderson

Finn is a writer, composer and singer-songwriter, working throughout the UK and internationally. He has created four award-nominated musicals and is the 2020 recipient of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. Most recently Finn co-created award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hit Islander which is currently in development for productions in Poland, Korea, Australia and the USA, as well as a radio adaptation with BBC Radio 4. Other projects include a short online musical for National Theatre of Scotland/BBC, and a new Scottish-Brazilian musical created with acclaimed Brazilian songwriter Siba. He has created music for many of the UK’s leading theatre artists, companies and venues. His debut solo album ‘Until the Light’ was released in 2019.

Tania Azevedo 

Tania is a critically acclaimed Portuguese-Australian director, dramaturg and theatre maker. Whilst maintaining a commitment to theatre that entertains, Tania aims to develop pieces that strive for social change. Tania’s work has been presented in theatres across the UK and internationally including National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Other Palace, The Hope Mill Theatre, Theatre503, King’s Head, The Citizens Theatre, The Union Theatre, The VAULTS, The Bunker, and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Marathon Project

Featuring a special preview from The Marathon Project before the performance

On your marks. Get set. Choose!

Join ‘The Marathon Project’ for a work-in-progress sharing of their musical choose-your-own adventure and try to stay on track when everything around you stops making sense!

Based on the infamously bonkers 1904 Olympic event, this interactive extravaganza sprinted out of the starting blocks during lockdown. ‘The Marathon Project’ dives into the surreal chaos of then and now. What will you run into along the way? And will you ever make it to the finish line?

Spearheaded by some of the most exciting musical theatre makers in the UK including SpitLip, Sheep Soup, Burnt Lemon, The Letter Room and members of the BAC Beatbox Academy, ‘The Marathon Project’ is a ground-breaking new collective of 20 artists determined to use this frankly baffling time to make innovative, exciting ways of remote collaboration possible.