If you’re a first generation Australian woman. If you’re the daughter of a black mother. If you’ve inherited their pain—of escaping the horrors of third world conditions, of carrying physical and emotional trauma, of reckoning with an unfamiliar western frontier that regards you as ‘other’—then you’ll know how difficult it is to ask for permission to heal.

How can you balance your history with your unwritten future? How can you inhabit an individual identity when you’ve inherited the truths of your ancestors? How can you open your arms and feel the sunshine on your skin when secrecy and shame drain the colour from your parents’ eyes?

Mother May We is an epic poem forged from interviews with ten powerful artists who identify as BIPOC. Poet Mel Ree rhapsodises about intergenerational trauma and marries ancestral and modern truths in a truly epic and cathartic performance. Peppering playful performance art with humbling, hard truths, Mother May We is a motivational manifesto for holding the pain of the past in your body, and overcoming it to shine like a sunbeam.



From Declan
‘Mel is a force of nature—a poet, actor, musician, and leader of a cultural revolution across poetry nights in Sydney and beyond. After setting the SBW Stables stage alight at Griffin Scratch, we’re blessed to have Mel perform her full-length work of pure joy and truth-telling.’

Griffin Lookout

With an eye on the future, Griffin Lookout champions works by the next generation of exceptional theatre makers.

Artists are given a stipend toward the development and production of their work, a generous split of their show’s Box Office takings, as well as in-kind artistic and producing support by the Griffin team.

Mel Ree‘s Mother May We is one of 2022’s Griffin Lookout productions, alongside Jessica Bellamy‘s A is for Apple.

Cast & Creatives

Written and performed by Mel Ree

Performance Times

Season 27 September – 8 October

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm

Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.


2022 Griffin Lookout Pricing

All $40


2022 Season Subscription Pricing

6 Play 5 Play 4 Play
Full $288 Full $255 Full $216
Senior, Preview $240 Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $176
Concession $210 Concession $185 Concession $156
Under 35 $192 Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140
3 Play 2 Play Griffin Lookout
Full $168 Full $116 Single $35
Senior, Preview $138 Senior, Preview $98 2-pack $64
Concession $123 Concession $86 Concession
Under 35 $108 Under 35 $74 Under 35