Milla Harding as Mum and Amiot Hills as Kid / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Polly Rowley-Sams as Spore / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Dan de la Motte as Chanterelle / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Milla Harding as Stinky Squid / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Rubie, Nina Scott and Polly Rowley-Sams as The Musical Spores / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Dan de la Motte as Cordycep and Amiot Hils as Kid / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Dan de la Motte as The Judge / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Nina Scott as Spore and Polly Rowley-Sams as Spore / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Milla Harding as Bleeding Tooth Fungus / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
Milla Harding, Dan de la Motte and Amiot Hills as The Buttons / Photo by Tegid Cartwright
BE MORE MUSHROOM (NOV 2022-MARCH 2023)
Be More Mushroom is a raucous, educational musical for kids and grown ups about what fungi can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.
Directed and Produced by Nina Scott and written by Nina Scott and Dan de la Motte.
Funded by Arts Council England
Kid does not 'fit in’ to Mum's pristine garden. Where everything has its place. Where there’s no room for anything 'peculiar'. Like Kid. And like the giant yellow Chanterelle mushroom that appears one afternoon behind the washing line emitting bubbles, disco lights and... is that... a compilation of queer pop hits remixed to a satisfying techno beat?
When Mum goes on a mission of mushroom destruction Kid must befriend the musical spores, ride the mycelial network under the garden and visit 'Chanterelle’s’: a place with no Morel's (that's a mushroom joke) where the floors are sticky, the clientele is icky and the top class cabaret performances leave Kid with more questions than answers.
You are invited to, Be More Mushroom, a raucous, musical extravaganza for kids and grown ups that will immerse you in the fungal queerdom - a world that's all around you, you just don't know it yet!
Be More Mushroom was conceived by Nina Scott and created in collaboration with Dan de la Motte and a group of queer mycologists, performers, artists and musicians. This was made possible by funding from Arts Council England and support from St. Margaret's House as part of their Artist in Residence Programme.
Conceived, Produced and Directed by: Nina Scott
Written by: Nina Scott and Dan de la Motte
Performers: Milla Harding, Amiot Hills and Dan de la Motte
Musical Spores: Polly Rowley-Sams, Rubie, Nina Scott
Assistant Producer and Assistant Director: Dan de la Motte
Set and Costume Designer: Emily Rees-Haynes
Clowning Support: Ella the Great
Lighting Design: Matt Mead
Social Media Support: Vida Adamczewski
Illustrator: Katie Gulson
Dramaturgy Support: Sam Bainbridge
Photos: Tegid Cartwright
Spores Like Us: Lyrics and Music by Polly Rowley-Sams
That’s just the way it is: Lyrics by Nina Scott and Dan de la Motte, Music by Nina Scott and Rubie
Meet the Mycelium: Lyrics and Music by Polly Rowley-Sams and Rubie
Welcome to Chanterelle's: Lyrics and Music by Nina Scott
The Sound of You: Music by Nina Scott, Rubie and Polly Rowley-Sams
Birth of the Earth: Music by Rubie and Polly Rowley-Sams
Truffle Song: Lyrics by Dan de la Motte, Music by Rubie
Zombie Ant Blues: Music by Rubie
Split Gill Song: Lyrics by Nina Scott, Music by Rubie
I am not an I: Lyrics and Music by Nina Scott
What does it mean to be more mushroom?: Lyrics and Music by the ensemble (with additional lyrics by Polly Rowley-Sams)