A 20 Stories High and Contact co-production.
With 1 in 3 women in the U.K having had an abortion “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” explores what seems to be one of society’s last taboos. A multi-talented young female ensemble use verbatim voices live music, beats and rhyme to portray the stories of real women who’ve experienced pregnancy and abortion. This funny, frank, and moving new play is about as far from a worthy sexual health lecture as is imaginable. The show is written and directed by Julia Samuels drawing on over 50 interviews with young women, boyfriends, parents, doctors and campaigners.
Cast: Aizah Khan, Dorcas Sebuyange, Emma Burns, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell
Created & Directed by Julia Samuels
Designed by Miriam Nabarro
Music and Lyrics by Keith Saha
Light by Doug Kuhrt
Acted out on a stunning set designed by Miriam Nabarro, consisting of four white boxes dominated by two suspended red neon lights, representing the positive lines of a pregnancy kit, the four performers share with sensitivity, tears and often laughter, the experiences of four women who have all had abortions.... Rightly so at the end of the performance, Alizah Khan, the exceptional Dorcas Sebuyange, Emma Burns and Jamie-Lee O’Donnel, were treated to a standing ovation. The ovation was also in part for the nameless contributors who gave permission for their stories to be shared and also for Julia Samuels who with this piece, has created both an outstanding piece of verbatim theatre and also made a timely contribution to the global movement to challenge the reduction of Women’s rights.