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Stella Duffy and Matthew Dunster to take part in first theatre festival dedicated to fertility

Stella Duffy. Photo: Gino Sprio Stella Duffy. Photo: Gino Sprio
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Stella Duffy, Somalia Seaton and Matthew Dunster are among theatre figures taking part in what is being billed as the world’s first theatre festival dedicated to fertility.

Fertility Fest is being held at the Bush Theatre in London and is the brainchild of Jessica Hepburn, former executive director of the Lyric Hammersmith, and producer Gabby Vautier, a former head of creative learning at the Barbican.

Both women have their own experiences of fertility and assisted conception and have brought together more than 150 artists, scientists, clinicians and academics to explore “the bigger picture of fertility in the 21st century”.

Duffy, an author and playwright, will host a series of talks about what experts and artists want to change about the world of fertility, while Seaton and fellow playwright Satinder Chohan will discuss the different prejudices around infertility depending on community.

Dunster is creating a work-in-progress piece with Gareth Farr exploring what it means to be a child born of science, while Vivienne Franzmann will discuss her 2017 play Bodies, which is about surrogacy.

The theatre programme also includes a short play by Camilla Whitehill and directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson, and a work-in-progress musical by Gwyneth Herbert and Diane Samuels.

Fertility Fest runs from May 8 to 13.

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