Reviews of Once We Were Mothers by Lisa Evans

“Sarah Gordy – herself with Downs’s Syndrome – is undoubtedly the heart of the play, Lively, cheerful and full of unbridled charisma, she fills the stage whenever she’s on it.” Harriet Davis, reviewing The Orange Tree Theatre production

Once We Were Mothers, second production at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Once We Were Mothers



“Sarah Mowat as Ali and Sarah Gordy as her daughter, Flora, generate an affecting warmth between them.” Sam Marlowe, The Times



“Gordy refutes all Gwen’s patronising distaste for her granddaughter. No wonder the play begins and ends with her dancing.” Timothy Ramsden,

“In her giggles, pouts and involuntary swearing, Gordy plays Flora like any attitude-laden teenager – serving as a ‘real-life’ finger up to the doctors.’” Nancy Groves, Richmond & Twickenham Times

Once We Were Mothers, first production at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

“There are wonderful performances here from both Janice McKenzie and young Sarah Gordy.” Neil Bonner, The Stage

“Sarah Gordy undoubtedly steals the show as Flora.” Lucy Powell, Time Out