‘Choices’ - Swansea 2018

27 February 2018

On Tuesday 27th February 2018, B!RTH’s UK play ‘Choices’, by Stacey Gregg, was performed in Swansea as part of an event organised by Swansea University Midwifery Society’s Holly Morse.

The day-long programme of events also included a screening of hit US film, ‘The Business of Being Born’ (inspiration for B!RTH’s US play ‘So Far As A Century’s Reach’ by Kirsten Greenidge), a Birth Voices session, and a debate hosted by midwife and blogger Sheena Byrom OBE. The event was hosted at a local independent cinema and was attended by an audience of student midwives, birth workers and doulas, practising midwives, lecturers and mothers.

Choices’ was performed by Katherine Weare – who has previously been involved in B!RTH’s BBC World Service recording - in a performance described as ‘spine chilling’ by Sheena. Organiser Holly said, '‘Choices’ is superb - Stacey’s writing effortlessly took us on journeys with the main characters through infertility, termination and choice - or lack of it. The performance by Kath was mesmerising - she engaged us all with the play from start to finish, the simple staging and delivery was so effective in prompting debate. It truly brings home the horror of the lack of choice and consequences for women. Discussion on feminism, fertility and repealing the 8th went on for some hours afterwards, leaving us all wanting to find ways to host another B!RTH play as soon as possible.'

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Photographs by Jo Robertson of Lilian Craze Birth Photography