by Mel Pennant


"What would you do to save your son? Everything? Anything? Lie?


On Michael Thomas’ birthday, his cake sits in his mother’s living room, its candles burning undisturbed. Jackie wants to clear her conscience, whilst Evelyn’s got a big speech to deliver on the 15th anniversary of Michael’s fatal stabbing. Are some things better left unsaid?

Sensitively written by Mel Pennant and shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, seeds tells the story of two mothers united in sorrow, sharing the hardship of protecting their sons - one in life, and one in death.

Brought to you by the producers of the critically-acclaimed production of good dog by Olivier Award nominated Arinzé Kene, led by a female creative team, seeds explores the human story behind a tragedy through the eyes of those left behind.


seeds toured the UK in spring 2020.





Cast & Crew


Evelyn Judith Jacob

Jackie Penny Layden


Director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi

Sound Designer Xana


A co-production with tiata fahodzi, Wrested Veil, Leeds Playhouse and Soho Theatre









Tour Dates


21 - 29 February
Leeds Playhouse
3 - 4 March
Live Theatre, Newcastle

6 - 7 March                      
Derby Theatre

9 - 10 March
Warwick Arts Centre

17 - 18 March
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

(cancelled due to coronavirus)

20 - 21 March
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

(cancelled due to coronavirus)

24 March - 11 April
Soho Theatre, London

(cancelled due to coronavirus)





"Provocatively and evocatively powerful"

Fairy Powered Productions


"The two women, united in sorrow are played magnificently by Judith Jacob and Penny Layden... powerful stuff"

The Yorkshire Post



"An impressive two hander"

Always Time for Theatre


"Jacobs and Layden were superb... and the direction by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour was excellent"

Tyke it to the Limit