I TOLD MY MUM I WAS GOING ON AN RE TRIP

Emma Burns, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Aizah Khan and Dorcas Sebuyange / Contact, 20 Stories High
Broadcast on BBC Two on 20 January 2018
Part of Performance Live


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Introduced by Julie Hesmondhalgh, this performance is a warm and honest drama exploring issues around abortion for young women today. Told through the voices of four young women, the production interweaves real interview material, song and spoken word to portray true stories and experiences.

The programme deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and how this impacts on women today, and importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it?

This TV production for Performance Live uses the theatre technique of recorded delivery, where the actors listen to the real recorded interviews through earphones and repeat the words as they hear them, bringing the audience as close to the truth behind the words as possible. Featuring interviews from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and beyond, we meet health professionals, women, men and young people on all sides of the debate.

Julia Samuels, writer and producer, says 'The experience of having an abortion is such a taboo in society, and many women feel that they have to keep it a secret. We are pleased to be able to share these stories far and wide, and help combat the stigma around something that happens to one in three British women in their lifetimes.'.

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CAST

Paige – Emma Burns

Leah – Jamie-Lee O'Donnell

Tanaya – Aizah Khan

Cousin – Dorcas Sebuyange

CREDITS

Director – Lindy Heymann

Composer – Keith Saha

Director of photography – Deepa Keshvala

Producer – Roxanne Moores

Producer – Julia Samuels

Writer – Julia Samuels

Series Producer – Andrew Fettis

Executive Producer – Justine Potter

Producer – Sarah Lewis

Production Company – Contact

Production Company – 20 Stories High

Production Designer – Miriam Nabarro

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