BY CORDELIA O’NEILL
The play is narrated by the father (Rupert) who we eventually find out is talking to his deceased son (Teddy), recounting the story of how he and his mother (Alex) met, created him and how they are still dealing with losing him. It is a play of two distinct halves: the excitement, anticipation, charm, humour, angst, hope and dysfunction of a burgeoning relationship and the preparations for starting a family; followed by a window into how humans deal with a very very private unspoken grief.
1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss. The silence around baby loss leaves people isolated and alone. We want this play to help raise awareness of this so the bereaved feel supported. It will help remove the stigma and silence that surrounds the issue by encouraging people to start talking about it.
The play is backed by SANDS, the still birth and neo-natal charity; Petals, the baby loss counselling service; Professor Alexander Heazell director of Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic at St Mary’s Hospital Manchester; midwives from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; and bereaved parents.
On top of this we have brought an incredibly exciting creative team together, many of whom worked on our previous production No Place For A Woman, who will ensure that this play is a stunning and magnificent theatrical event.
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