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Birthrights: a poignant look at motherhood

After a lot of COVID replanning and rescheduling Wyong Drama Group’s production of ‘Birthrights’ will open next month.

14 January 2022

 

DAVID Williamson (Don’s Party, The Removalists, The Club and Travelling North), authored in 2003, Birthrights, “a bittersweet play about motherhood” but other thought-provoking issues also arise, including: IVF; politics; family relationships; intellectual property; and moral dilemmas.

 

When Helen (Francesca Radice) discovers she is unable to have children, her career-driven sister Claudia (Rebecca Sharples) offers to be the surrogate mother in an act of supreme generosity.

 

Spanning from 1983 to 2001, the female characters are central as it explores uniquely female experience. However, the sisters’ very different partners Mark (James Chambers) and Martin (James Hunter) feature significantly, often being the objects of irony and humour. Kelly (Jacinta-Rose Burley), ‘their’ daughter, proves to be a challenging child whilst Margaret (Sally Bartley) the feisty mother of the sisters, attempts to smooth the waters.

 

Directed by Julie Bailey, Birthrights, an engaging play with strong characters, promises a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining theatre experience albeit peppered with adult themes and occasional course language.

 

Show times:

February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7.30pm

February 19, 20, 23, 26 at 2pm

 

Venue:

The Red Tree Theatre, 160-162 Pacific Highway, Tuggerah Straight (Look for the sign after BCF heading north).

 

Bookings:

premier.ticketek.com.au or call 1300665915 or Group Bookings call 1300364001. Tickets from $25.

 

Further information - Wyong Drama Group website: wyongdramagroup.com.au

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