Centuries after their deaths, a mother and her two daughters reunite for the fist time to come to terms with their wounds, their writing, and their reverberations through history. Mary's Daughters tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th Century intellectual radical, and mother of Western feminism, along with her two daughters: the forgotten-by- history, illegitimate love-child Fanny Imlay, and the infinitely more famous, author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. This feminist ghost story plunges the audience into a fluid, poetic, whirlwind tour through the lives, legacies, and times of these three incredible women. Shaped and misshapen by each other, they swap stories and memories, each intercutting and challenging the narrative offered by another. We hear the tireless writings of a genius out of her time, two sisters trying to reconcile the emotional wounds only families can create, and the birth of an iconic monster on the shores of lake Geneva. This play, written by Kaya Bucholc and Will Wallace, is a rallying cry for a world that centres radical kindness above all things.
This is the first co-production between BiLLO Studio and Little Lion Theatre Company. BiLLO Studio is a London production company that centres real people and real craft; specialising in stories on screen, this is BiLLO’s first venture into the world of theatre. Little Lion Theatre Company is a Canadian Theatre company in London that works to bring Canadian content to British stages.
As well, this is the first play from Kaya Bucholc and Will Wallace. Kaya is a Canadian actor/writer living in London, whose favourite work takes inspiration from classical texts, untold stories from the past, and frames them in a modern context, especially when these stories are brought to life with movement-based work and physical storytelling. Will has been an aspiring writer since he was 13, and is an English teacher living in Toronto, Canada, but began his life at the Queen Charlotte Hospital in Hammersmith, London. Working together for the first time, their blend of academic rigour and artistic creative writing has been both rewarding and inspiring, with a depth and richness being created by their combined styles.
Venue: The Space, London Dates: March 19th-30th
Performance times: 7:30pm, 2pm Running time: 80 minutes Prices: Pay what you choose £10/£16/£20
Warning: Suicide, death, death in childbirth, child death, adult language, references to sex, loss of one’s mother, references to domestic abuse.
Little Lion and BiLLO are grateful for the support of the Arts Council of England in making this project happen. We have also partnered with You Make It, the award winning race and class inclusion charity based in inner city London. You Make It empowers unemployed and underemployed women to access the social, cultural and economic life of their city. For more information on this incredible charity click here.
Bios of Cast and Creative Team
Kaya Bucholc, Playwright and Fanny Imlay
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kaya moved to the UK to complete her master's degree in classical acting at LAMDA (2018). Since graduating, she has continued to live and work in London, appearing in the award winning production of The House of Yes at The Hope Theatre (2019), and Will & Co.'s Bard in the Yard, a touring solo show about William Shakespeare (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023). Kaya also had the pleasure of meeting and working with Little Lion Theatre for the first time this past summer, playing Portia in Portia’s Julius Caesar, at The Dell in Stratford-Upon-Avon and is beyond thrilled to be back in this role at The Space this April. In recent years, Kaya has enjoyed exploring writing and creating her own work, leading to several scripts for both stage and screen, and is very excited to be sharing Mary's Daughters, her first full length play to be produced.
Will Wallace, Playwright
Will Wallace has been an aspiring writer since he was 13. This is his first play and first playwriting collaboration, if you don't count several high school musical scripts. He is an English teacher living in Toronto, but began his life at the Queen Charlotte Hospital in Hammersmith. He is a co-founder of the Young Writers' Conference at the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Megan Carter, Mary Wollstonecraft
Megan Carter is an American actor and writer based in London. She holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Classical Acting from LAMDA. Favourite stage roles include Kate in Kate Crackernuts (No Drama Theatre), Cressida in Troilus and Cressida (LAMDA), and Evil Gabbi/Farrah in She Kills Monsters (Loyola). She has voiced characters in the audio dramas That Vampire Show (Tandon Productions), Gower Hall (11th Hour Audio), Accipiter (Dir. Joe Vevers) and also participated in the writers room for upcoming series Over, Under, Even from Tandon Productions. When not working, Megan enjoys dancing, museums, and roller coasters.
Rachael Reshma, Mary Shelley
Rachael trained at East 15. Credits include: Theatre: Maryland (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), The Seagull (Tower Theatre), Scandalous (Leicester Square Theatre), One P**ed Off Renter (Battersea Arts Centre). Film: The Three Musketeers Audio: The Unicorn Academy 1, 2 and 3, Aphrodite and the Duke.
Kay Brattan, Director
Kay is a director, dramaturg, producer, and actor from Toronto, Canada. Kay’s theatre training comes from the prestigious Theatre Performance programme at Humber College in Toronto where she studied as an actor. Kay is a graduate of East 15’s Directing Programme where she was awarded an MA with distinction in theatre directing. She has also studied with GITIS International in Moscow, Russia, in partnership with East 15 Acting School. Directing credits include Lysistrata (how.dare.collective. Toronto Fringe 2017, Best Ensemble Nominee, My Entertainment World Awards 2017), Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (LowDown Theatre Company), The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Alumnae Theatre Company, New Ideas Festival 2018), CARMILLA (Montreal and Toronto Fringe, 2018), an all female production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline (East 15 Acting School, MFA International Acting Graduating Class,The Bridewell Theatre, 2023), The Bride and the Moon (East 15 Acting School, MA Acting Graduating Class, The Corbett Theatre, 2023), and Alice in Wonderland (East 15 Acting School, MFA International Graduating Class, The Corbett Theatre, 2023). Credits with Little Lion: Mustard (The Drayton Arms Pub Theatre, 2020), What You Will, or Twelfth Night (Tea House Theatre, 2020), and the UK premiere of Kat Sandler's Yaga (Drayton Arms Pub Theatre, 2022). (kaybrattan.com)
Billy Steel, Producer/Assistant Director
Billy studied at Kingston School of Art, graduating as a graphic designer in 2010, but soon after beginning his career in the design world, his lifelong love of film quickly pulled him in a different direction. Now the founder and director of BiLLO Studio, a film production company, Billy is a writer, editor, filmmaker, and has created various short films, documentaries, corporate videos, and art films. Mary’s Daughters is Billy and BiLLO’s first venture into the world of theatre.
Alice Greening, Producer
Alice Greening officially joined Little Lion Theatre Company in October 2017 as the producer for Tuesdays & Sundays at Theatre N16 and was appointed Executive Director in January 2018, although she produced their inaugural production, One More Time, at the Tristan Bates Theatre as part of the Goldsmiths' Take Note Festival in September 2017. Alice has worked in various backstage theatre roles for the past eight years, and has a strong background in both music and theatre. She is currently studying for a PhD in Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is focusing on the roles of LGBTQ women in musical theatre.