B!RTH is a unique collaboration between science and theatre. Using a series of provocative plays and dynamic panel discussions, this global theatrical project aims to raise awareness, change policy and provoke debate around the vast inequality in maternal and newborn health across the world.

Each year, an estimated 303,000 women and over 5 million babies die because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, and many are preventable.

B!RTH’s hard-hitting plays explore some of the issues behind these deaths. They are written by some of the world’s most exciting female playwrights, who cover themes such as lack of choices in pregnancy and birth, violence against women and abuse of reproductive health rights. There are 7 B!RTH plays, dealing with issues of maternal health in: Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Syria, UK and USA

Each play is free to download and available to use as a tool to raise awareness and encourage debate locally, nationally and internationally. They can be downloaded via the Plays page, by choosing the play(s) you are interested in and completing the download form.

Performances of the plays are followed by interactive debates which explore the problems and potential solutions to the issues raised. These feature a range of experts from healthcare, academia, theatre and politics and are led by B!RTH’s scientific partner: The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more, make a proposal, or you are a theatre-maker interested in working with B!RTH.

B!RTH was initiated by the Oglesby Charitable Trust, whose Trustees have a firm belief in the power of theatre and storytelling to tackle hidden, complex social problems such as global health inequality.