A journey through denial, grief and acceptance but ultimately a message of hope through the power of witness. Seamonster, the Story is a solo, theatre piece with music by Italian/Scottish singer-songwriter Chiara Berardelli relating her experience of being childless-not-by-choice and her quest to be okay with that. Woven around the ten songs that make up her 2018 album, Seamonster, she tells the story of the twists and turns that led to her unfulfilled dream of motherhood and building a meaningful life beyond the ‘Happy Ever After’. Chiara says, “Not having the family I dreamed of affected me in more ways than I could have imagined. Shame was a factor that I didn’t expect. I want to use my experience to reach out to others and start conversations about what it still largely a taboo subject.”
The show debuted at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow in March 2019 as part of International Women’s Day celebrations and a 20 minute version was performed at The Barbican, London in April as part of Fertility Fest. Seamonster, the Story was part of the Free Fringe in Edinburgh earlier this year.
‘It was a great night. Masterful songwriter, beautiful music.’
‘Chiara Berardelli put on a show that was truly magical, emotional and inspirational!!’
(Audience reviews from the debut show at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 8th March 2019)
Chiara Berardelli is an Italian Scottish singer-songwriter living in Glasgow, Scotland. She grew up playing classical piano but spent most of her time playing along to any songs that made it over the airwaves to the Highlands of Scotland.
Chiara left her job as a doctor to follow her passion and studied music and songwriting in London and Bath. A lover of words, chords and honesty she writes confessional pop songs about life and how it affects her. For more information, click here to visit her website.
This event is part of Storyhouse Childless. A pass for the whole day, which gains you entry to every event, is £15. Find out more here.