It begins as all tales of birth begin, in the dark. A darkened stage, a baby cries incessantly, a panicked mother enters the stage... but don't worry, it's just a dream.
Mockingbird tells the personal story and family history of Tina Crawford - (based on the real-life stories of Lisa Brickell and Siri Embla) a woman who became a psychologist to try and help herself with her personal issues surrounding why she is terrified of having children.
It deals with that persistent and pervasive mental condition today known as Post Natal Depression. And Miss Post Natal Depression is personified as a crazy old hag who has been hanging around giving mothers self-doubt since the beginning of time.
However, if you're thinking this story sounds rather dark and depressing - it's certainly not. This is a comedy. Certainly, it's a dark comedy but as the saying goes, "if you can't laugh, what can you do?"
It deals with how PND was diagnosed and dealt with during Tina's great grandmother's time and it deals with how it's dealt with now. And while the story suggested that giving it a hug might make it better and the audience knows that depression is a more complex beast than that, it demonstrates that we - now - have a better understanding of it and are taking better steps towards dealing with it.
Mockingbird is engaging and funny and I would say it's definitely an hour well spent.