Pecho Mama was born in 2016.
We make unconventional, music-driven theatre performance. We start with play. We urge each other on to be bold in our choices and to take risks. Story and composition develop in tandem.
Delicately, passionately and with precise technicality, we craft gritty performances for audiences around the world.
The name Pecho Mama pays homage to the words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
'Hombre con pechos. These human beings could be called little wild mothers, the ones who reattach you to the wildest instincts, rejoicing when they see you coming back with the fiery skull held out before you.'
By tirelessly goading each other (as little wild mothers do), we strive to create work that is raw, savage, beautiful and challenging.
Alex Stanford is a performer, arranger and composer. Alex trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has since worked with; Liane Carroll, Andy Sheppard, Yasmin Levy, Digby Fairweather, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Gilad Atzmon, Stan Salzmann at venues including; 02, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Hackney Empire.
Mella Faye is an actor, writer, composer and director.
From 1999-2002 Mella toured extensively as Mella Faye & The Big Band. Between 2006-2012 she set up and ran The Hurly Burly Theatre Cafe, which toured major British arts festivals and more recently co-founded ARTBARS.
Mella has been the director of arts events including The Brighton Family Fringe and Adur Festival. Her work as a freelance director includes Birdy by Wildheart and Pamela's Palace by ITI. She has performed with Jennifer Bell Company, Company Paradiso, and between 2011 and 2017, Mella co-founded and performed with Wildheart Theatre Company.
Sam Cox is a teacher, performer and musician. He has a BA Hons in music from University of Kent and has written and collaborated with; Lillian Boutte, Mervyn Africa, Rob Luft, Richard Simmons, Isaac Holman, Clay Pigeon, T Alan, Goldie Reed, Andy Clarke, Saul Adamczewski; at venues including Tipitina's, New Orleans; 02 Islington Academy; Ronnie Scotts and The Cavern Club. He fronts his own band Lady Bird who can be heard regularly on Radio 1.