A secret history in am dram

HANNAH Maxwell’ comes from a family with four generations of treading the boards in amateur dramatic societies. She broke the mould. And then she returned … as she explains in I, AmDram, a solo show coming to Piddletrenthide and Broadoak village halls with Artsreach on 10th and 11th November.

The show, described as “a story of return, reconciliation and rehearsals with mum”, takes an embarrassing moment as its starting point: “My voice cracked on the high note. I saw my Nan wince. The blood rushed to my cheeks – and a century’s lineage lay shattered on the floor.”

This is a play about the hidden history of many a performance artist. From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her hometown, cultural inheritance and secret love of musical theatre.

In this affectionate tribute Hannah Maxwell makes a prodigal’s return to the musty vibrancy of amateur dramatics – her family’s consuming passion for 89 years and four generations.

Weaving storytelling, stand-up, live art and a manageable amount of musical theatre references, I, AmDram traces the distance between queer, quirky London and the rehearsal halls of suburbia; minding the gap between the identities we assert and the worlds we leave.

The performances begin at 7.30pm.