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I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. Trip… (TV Broadcast)

By Julia Samuels
Directed for Television by Lindy Heymann

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Television adaptation of our verbatim play about young women and abortion

A Contact and 20 Stories High Co-Production.

I Told My Mum I Was Going On An R.E. trip will be presented at it’s first festival screening as part of Pilot Light Season 3 at HOME, Manchester this May.

I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip is a frank drama told verbatim through the voices of four young women, interweaving interview material, song and spoken word to portray real stories and experiences.

The show deals with challenging themes but 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. Importantly she 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 women who have experienced abortion, as well as health professionals and young people on all sides of the debate.

“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was originally created for the stage in co-production with Contact, Manchester where it premiered in February 2017 before touring the UK. This television adaptation was produced in partnership with Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre for Performance Live.

The broadcast of ‘R.E. Trip…’ received extensive national press interest including coverage in The Guardian, Elle UK, The Times, The Observer, TV Times, Radio Times, The Daily Telegraph and cast appearances on BBC Breakfast.

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“A look at abortion through a mix of humour, playfulness, matter of factness and energy... this is as far removed from a sexual health lecture as you could imagine”

Sunday Times Critics Choice

“A powerful drama on abortion”

**** TV Times

“You need to watch BBC Two's new programme on abortion... it's a must a see”

Elle UK

Festival Screening - Pilot Light Festival, HOME, Manchester

Saturday 5 May 2018


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