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Be My Baby

  • Venue: Pop-Up theatre
  • Duration: 80 minutes (no interval)
  • Age Guidance: 12+
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19 year old Mary is seven months pregnant when her mother delivers her into the charge of St Saviours, a church run maternity home for young, unmarried women who have made ‘one mistake.’ As they bond over records and romance, Mary, Dolores, Queenie and Norma begin to understand what it means to give their children to the Welfare Service and Mary realises she must fight to take her baby home. Featuring pop music of the 1960s, Be My Baby is an incredibly moving story told with warmth and humour and is one of the most widely performed modern, British plays.

A Leeds Playhouse production in association with Mind the Gap. 

Cast & Credits

By Amanda Whittington / Director Jacqui Honess-Martin / Designer Amanda Stoodley / Lighting Designer Tim Skelly / Musical Director/Arranger Richard Reeday / Movement Director Jenni Jackson / Assistant Director Lucy Campbell / Assistant Director Kirsty Pennycook / Photography Anthony Robling /

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    Simona Bitmate
    as Mary
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    Crystal Condie
    as Queenie
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    Anna Gray
    as Norma
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    Jo Mousley
    as Mrs Adams
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    Tessa Parr
    as Dolores
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    Susan Twist
    as Matron


“ Poignant, powerful and still pertinent.”

- The Observer

“ Go along to Leeds Playhouse to experience a largely forgotten piece of twentieth-century history”

- Reviews Hub

“ Heartfelt and poignantly performed production of Amanda Whittington’s pertinent play”

- The Stage

“ Pertinent play”

- North West End

“ Director Jacqui Honess-Martin delivers the very best thing about Whittington’s play without bells and whistles.”

- Always time for theatre - local blogger

“ Amanda Stoodley’s set and costume is superb, with a simplicity, bareness and versatility”

- British Theatre Guide

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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