A mischievous look at (un)maternal instinct, by one increasingly knocked-up performer.
about the production
This is the story of a woman staring down the barrel of motherhood, torn between her own ambivalence…and an uncontrollable urge to push. From the makers of international hit 'Manuelita' (Arcola, London) and the curators of PAPAYA Fest, Popelei return with this fiercely funny solo show, interlaced with punchy choreography and an electrifying original soundtrack. "Impressive performance" ★★★★ The Stage "An important piece of theatre" ★★★★ Broadway World
about the artist
We make performances that are authentic, energetic and hopeful, reflecting the world as we experience it and as we want it to be. We’re here to smash the patriarchy, both onstage and in the bar afterwards, and to show you a really good time. We have a thirst for multi-layered text, original music and offbeat choreography, and we’re always testing the line between spontaneity and precision. The Stage said that our work ‘will have you leaving on a high’ and we liked that, because we’re interested in the feelings that an audience is left with after the dust settles.
width: 3 metres
height: 3 metres
depth: 3 metres
Audiences interested in: motherhood, feminism, family, fertility, devised and physical theatre, dance, independent films, Latin American travel and culture, new writing
"An important piece of theatre"
"I'd go out of my way to catch Popelei's next show."
To enable digital theatre touring and increased accessibility at-home audiences, PUSH was reimagined as a short film, shot in a single continuous take to recreate the liveness and energy of the original stage production. Produced in 2021 in our home city of Bristol, the creative team included cinematographer Jack Offord and Oscar-winning sound recordist Graeme Willets.
Recognition for PUSH Digital includes Winner Best Experimental Short at Cult Movies FilmFestival, Official Selection at Bristol International Film Festival and Shortlist OFF FEST Awards.
Jacques Lecoq physical theatre workshop offered (up to 15 people)
Box Office split 70/30 (in our favour)