New theatre production, Mary’s Babies, based on true story of thousands of children sharing one father

 A play based on the true story of fertility treatment pioneer Mary Barton and the Barton Brood will open at the Jermyn Street Theatre, in London on March 20

Playwright Maud Dromgoole wrote the play having researched surveys and interviews of the British obstetrician, who used her husband’s sperm to impregnate women resulting in a thousand children being born not knowing about their shared father.

A fire at the London clinic resulted in all the records being burnt.

Provocative, funny, and fascinating, Mary’s Babies imagines a series of encounters between these unknowing half-siblings. Starring acclaimed British actors Emma Fielding and Katy Stephens, the play includes 42 characters played between the two actors.

The play is directed by Tatty Hennessy and will include two post-show question and answer sessions, on March 27 and April 10

On March 27, Pride Angel will sponsor the Q&A session, which will focus on the modern landscape of donor conception and the experiences of donors, recipients and donor conceived people. This will include Nina Barnsley, director of the Donor Conception Network, and Charles Lister, Chair of the Sperm, Egg and Embryo Donation Trust and Mary’s Babies playwright Maud Dromgoole.

On April 10, there will be a chance to hear from members of Mary’s Babies creative team and Nina Barnsley from the Donor Conception Network to discuss responding to the social issues surrounding donor conception on stage.

Concession tickets are available for over 60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, and students for £20. There are also 100 tickets at £10 available for under-30s, but these tickets are only available until Saturday, March 30.

Although based on a true story, the producers have said the work is fiction and any resemblance to anyone is purely coincidental.

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