The cast of Motherhood The Musical which played to an appreciative crowd of women at the Civic Centre.
The cast of Motherhood The Musical which played to an appreciative crowd of women at the Civic Centre. David Crossley

The good, the bad and the laundry

A LARGE crowd of predominantly women laughed and cried their way through the hilarious, musical journey of Motherhood The Musical in the Gympie Civic Centre on Wednesday night.

The show has found critical acclaim throughout Australia, and no wonder - it's a fabulous, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, tear jerking tribute to the toughest and most important and rewarding job in the world.

There was only a small smattering of men in the audience (plus a few friendly Rotary volunteers serving drinks behind the bar) and, to be honest, I am not surprised.

This is definitely one for the girls. The husbands and partners who get a (brief) mention in the script are given short shrift.

Motherhood The Musical follows the lives of four mums.

There's Barb, an overworked, underpaid, stressed-out mother of five; Brooke, the lawyer, who works too much and barely sees her kids; Trisha, a single mum struggling to balance work, her family and her divorce and finally Amy, the naive young woman about to have her first child.

As the three friends throw Amy a baby shower, the truths about motherhood (the good, the bad and the ugly) all come out into the open.

As a newly single mother of four who fits several of those paradigms, the humour found my funny bone and the more touching moments had my friends and I looking up and to the right (a little trick I learnt to stop the tears from flowing - it works sometimes).

Gympie Times


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