Articulate Elbow


Mother F

Rehearsal Shots Photos:  Lesley Chalmers

Mother F is a devised theatre production about the relationship between a mother and a child.  Questionnaires were distributed to a wide range of people to talk about their mothers and so Mother F was born. A devised physical and comic theatre piece for anyone who has or has had a mother.  

Mother F work-in-progress showed a 40 minute excerpt at the Royal Exchange Studio on 18th July 2008 and is in development.  After receiving ACE funding, Articulate Elbow took a period of Research and Development working with Director/Writer, Ben Keaton (Perrier and MEN award winner) and Choreographer, Sian Williams (The Kosh). 

This production will tour in 2012 to the following venues.  I hope that you can come and join us in Articulate Elbow’s premiere tour!

Wolves Arena, Wolverhampton


Square Chapel, Halifax


Waterside Arts Centre, Londonderry


Market Place Theatre, Armagh


St Johns Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry


Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal


Rose Theatre, Edge Hill, Ormskirk


Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester


Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester


Pyramid Parrs Hall, Warrington


Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury


Circomedia, Bristol


Please find below a slideshow of Mother F and a short promotional video from footage of the work-in-progress.



Hypochondriac was shown as a work-in-progress at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool as part of the Physical Theatre Festival 2011.  This production is a tragi-comedy about a woman who discovers that she receives lots of attention when she falls ill so she begins to imagine and invent a series of illnesses with comic   Then, she becomes seriously ill and in the wake of reality she atones for her lies and just when she is about to confess, tragedy strikes.  Don’t cry wolf.  Written by Susan Swanton.

With songs written in collaboration with singer/songwriter/guitarist Dominic Kearne and strange choreography by Bridget Fiske, a chorus of singers and a gaggle of dancers, Hypochondriac offers a visual and aural feast to tickle the senses and touch your heart.

Click on the clip below to view an excerpt of Hypochondriac.

Current Shows

Articulate Elbow is a comedy, physical theatre company.

Susan Swanton is the Artistic Director.

Articulate Elbow is booking ‘Mother F,’ its first tour in the Autumn 2012.  Email tour booker, Charlotte Gregory on

Please click on the link below to download a Marketing Pack for ‘Mother F’ for more detail about the show and tour.

Marketing Pack Mother F draft 5.pdf