BY CORDELIA O’NEILL
22nd September to 9th October at THE SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
Alex and Rupert aren’t a conventional match but a caffeinated meeting on the underground ignites a spark. Skip forward to them fighting over baby names, nursery colours and ways to save money. All the signs of a normal family in waiting.
Then Alex goes into labour, their baby is born still and their world implodes.
What follows is a window into how a couple find the strength to move forward, the will to stay together, and the determination to keep the memory of their child alive.
A play that takes us to the depth of grief to find hope, to the edge of insanity to find reason and finds humour in the most unexpected places.
DIRECTOR: Kate Budgen
DESIGNER: Camilla Clarke
ASSOCIATE DESIGNER: Ceci Calf
LIGHTING: Sally Ferguson
SOUND: Beth Duke
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Jack Boissieux
STAGE MANAGER: Olivia Boyd
PRODUCER: Philip Scott-Wallace
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.