by Cally Hayes

Touring autumn 2019 

A love story about loss and parenthood.


CRACKING takes an intimate look, from a father’s perspective, about what happens when you survive the worst but find you might still risk losing everything.


Three days into motherhood, Rachel didn’t recognise herself. There was nothing Sam wouldn’t do to keep his family together. Practical and hands on, he stuck with it, held his tongue and eventually Rachel got better. So why are they now sitting on a therapist’s couch tumbling back into the past, with Sam in real danger of losing his footing?


Developed out of Cally’s earlier show, FRICTION, and inspired by interviews with couples who’ve recovered from postnatal illness, CRACKING combines new writing, verbatim testimony and vibrant physicality. The show is being co-produced by Alright Mate CIC.

Newtown Community Association (Belmont Hut)
Alright Mate? 9 – 12 October
Cracking 12 October 6 – 9pm
St Thomas Library Exeter
Alright Mate? 14-19 October
St Thomas Church Hall Exeter
Cracking 19 October 6 – 9pm
Wonford Phoenix Suite
Alright Mate? 24 – 26 October
Cracking 26 October 6-9pm
Exeter Phoenix 
Cracking 29&30 October
Beacon Children’s Centre
Alright Mate? 7 – 9 November
Cracking 9 November 6 – 9pm
Rondo Theatre, Bath
Cracking 14 November 730pm
Newcourt Community Centre 
Alright Mate? 14 – 16 November
Cracking 16 November