Following hit success on tour last year, our Contact co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” will be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday 20 January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes. The show will also be available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people; including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real experiences of these women.
The show 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 interviewees from Great Britain and Northern Ireland and beyond, we meet health professionals, women, men and young people on all sides of the debate.
Importantly a number of medical professionals and academics such as Dr Jayne Kavanagh (Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL) were imbedded in the piece’s development process, as consultants and collaborators on the project to ensure its accuracy.
Julia Samuels, writer, said:
“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 1 in 3 British women in their lifetimes.”