e-baby, Jane Cafarella’s 2015 comedy-drama about surrogacy, gets its UK premiere in a brand-new production at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre. Presented by Aequitas Theatre, it runs from 19 to 30 November 2019.
Catherine, an Australian expat living in London, has everything – a husband and an international life. Everything except a child. In a last desperate attempt to fulfil her dream of motherhood, she hires Nellie, a mother of two and first-time surrogate, living in the surrogacy state of Massachusetts in the USA. Together they embark on a journey that creates and changes lives.
e-baby is a story of love and betrayal, highlighting the hitherto hidden world of surrogacy, where new life can start with an online ad. How far would you go to have a child?
At Brockley Jack, the two-hander stars Kat Rogers as Catherine opposite Aequitas artistic director Rachael Bellis as Nellie.
e-baby is directed by Pamela Schermann, whose other recent credits include the UK premiere of Cry Havoc at Park Theatre. Also in the all-female creative team are set designer Isabella Van Braeckel, lighting designer Ellen Kruger and sound designer Charli Hurford, as well as Sarah Lawrie who produces for Aequitas Theatre.
e-baby, which was the first full-length play by Australian journalist Jane Cafarella, had its world premiere at Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel in March 2015, when critic Patricia Tobin called it “a quietly feminist play that asserts a heartfelt approach towards matters of infertility, adoption and motherhood”.
In London, Pamela Schermann directed a rehearsed reading of the play at the So and So Arts Club in July 2015, when Kat Rogers also performed.
e-baby runs from 19 to 30 November 2019 at the Brockley Jack Studio Thaetre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £13-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!