Mythic Consequences, November 21–24, 2019, Naish Holiday Village, Christchurch, Dorset
The larp aims to portray a realistic view of becoming a first time mother. It explores the difficulties and challenges of adapting to the responsibilities of parenthood, as well as the joys.
A group of women meet at an antenatal class a couple of months before the birth of their first child. The women become friends and support each other through the ups and downs of the next few years. Change and identity, are two of the larp’s central themes , as the characters struggle with their changing priorities and relationships, and the ‘loss of their old lives’. The larp explores issues such as loneliness and isolation, gender roles, and discrimination. It also explores mutual support and friendship.
Players will play through four scenes, staggered over 5 years in the lives of the women. First, a few weeks before the birth, then when the children are 3 months, 1 year and finally 5 years old. The character roles are all female but the larp may be played by people of any gender or none.
|Author(s):||Laura Wood, Ruth Trenery-Leach ( with additional input from Maria Makarova and Jonathan Goldsmith)|
|Game EMail:||rtreneryleach AT btinternet DOT com|
|Lead GM:||Ruth Trenery-Leach|
|Information for Players:||The game deals with pregnancy and childbirth. One of the characters has a mental illness, and although players can opt not to be cast in this role, it will be present in the game. With regard to movement style: The players will mainly be seated, during the larp. Players will be expected to fill in a casting questionnaire prior to the game and then will be pre- cast with a skeletal character. This will be built on in the pregame workshop.|
|Male Players:||Min: 0 / Max: 0|
|Female Players:||Min: 0 / Max: 0|
|Neutral Players:||Min: 4 / Max: 6|
|Total Players:||Min: 4 / Max: 6|
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I have written several larps which have run in several countries throughout Europe. I am a co-organiser of The Smoke (London's international larp festival) and On Location (a weekend long larp about existential angst in the 1930s film industry.) I have run 2 games that I have written previously at Consequences, Here Comes a Candle and Living Embers.