Be My Baby

Play

Writers: Amanda Whittington

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1998
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
St Saviours mother and baby home, North of England, 1964
Cast Size
small
Licensor
Ideal for
All-Female Cast, College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes late teen, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

It’s 1964 and Mary Adams has been brought to St. Saviours mother and baby home by her distressed mother. She is 19 years old, unmarried, and pregnant. Along with the tough-talking Queenie, naive Dolores, and heavily pregnant Norma, the girls work in the laundry and keep each other going. Thanks to Mary’s record player, they bond over a love of 1960 girl groups, which entertain, console and inspire the girls as they come to terms with their advancing pregnancies. When Mary sees the trauma Norma goes through after she is forced to give up her baby for adoption, she begins a desperate fight to keep her child. However, before she can make her escape, nature takes its course and Mary is brought face to face with her newborn daughter sooner than she expected.

Lead Characters